Ariane Simon

Ariane Simon





My story is long with many twists and turns.

So here is the short version for you!!

have been the Director at St Stephen’s since 2003. Prior to working at preschool I was a Child Studies Teacher at TAFE, a lecturer at University, a special needs teacher and a Long Day Care Director in a couple of Community Based/Not for Profit services.

I am passionate about a lot of things (including drinking way too much Tea and eating too much Cadbury chocolate – no nuts). But mostly, I am passionate about Childrens’ Services being Community Based and not run for profit. Working at St Stephen’s and being a part of this wonderful community constantly reminds me about the importance of community and family.

It is a joy and a privilege to share the lives of young families as they entrust the care and education of their children to us. From the tears of first children coming to Preschool to the tears as the last child leaves us to go to “Big” school. The highs and lows that we share with families always touch my heart and I feel very blessed to be part of this community.

I am an staunch advocate for Early Childhood services and spend a lot of time advocating and working to inform not just our community but the the government on the importance of Early Childhood Education and the need for funding that enables equitable, affordable access for all children to a quality early childhood education.

When I am not at work I am a mum to two “gorgeous, yet frustratingly like their mother young women and our old cat, feral Freckle that we saved from a dumpster many years ago. He truly is feral but he is very handsome and loves only me.

I love to read, watch movies and documentaries, I read ravenously and collect old/books and tea cups. Tea, candles and colouring are my go to method of relaxing and I also really enjoy pottering in the garden. In my other spare time I am actively involved in advocacy for those that suffer from mental illness and their families/carers, this is an issue that is very close to my heart.

I love to go to the theatre both professional and community,  I especially love musicals, and I love to travel, travel, travel. My annual pilgrimmage to the sun and palm trees in Fiji in the Christmas holidays is a must and is much anticipated each year. The countdown starts when I reach 99 days to go.

COVID has seen us adapt and change the way we do so much at Preschool, but the one thing that keeps astounding me is the resilience and ability of the children to adapt to change and to engage with all that Preschool has to offer no matter what is going on in the world around them.