Our Educator Team

We employ a wonderful team of high quality early learning professionals with happy, relaxed and engaging natures. These vary from bright graduates to experienced educators who have that irreplaceable instinct to collectively deliver the Platypus Junction Curriculum and care. Our curriculum is led by our Educational Leaders at each centre and is based on the National Quality Framework (NQF). It has been developed to gain that Platypus Junction edge including elements from leading global early learning approaches.

Our Leadership Team

Felicity Hall, Group Business Director

Felicity has been an integral part of Platypus Junction early childhood centres since its development over 20 years ago, starting as Teddy Bear Manager at one of our first child care centres. In fact, Felicity is one half of the reason for the development of Platypus Junction being the daughter of our founders, Dale and Julie Pearce. Felicity has a strong understanding of the early childhood sector, working in key management positions throughout her time with Platypus Junction. More recently Felicity has undertaken further training into early childhood education and business management through Australian and international initiatives, including the Reggio Emilia study tour in 2015.

Lily James, Operations Director

Lily has held many positions in early childhood across her 13 years in the sector from Educator to Centre Director. Right from the beginning of her career, Lily knew that early childhood was the place for her. Having a natural desire to teach, Lily was lead into a room assisting position where she commenced studies in early childhood. From here, her passion only begun to burn brighter, leading her into more senior roles and completing her Diploma of Children’s Services. After many years working within early childhood centres, Lily decided it was time to undertake further training and completed her Certificate in Training and Assessment. This gave her the opportunity to share her passion, skills and knowledge with educators from a variety of early learning settings. Lily has since returned to early childhood centres in key management positions and thoroughly enjoys the role of Operations Director. As part of the senior management team, Lily visits the centres on a regular basis and provides support with any operational, governance, compliance or human resource matters. Lily supports the centres with centralised administration duties including DEEWR, HR, payroll processing and team remuneration.

Katrina Russell, Croydon Centre Director

Katrina was drawn to the Early Childhood industry once her own children were ready for childcare. Realising her passion she began studying early childhood education completing the Diploma of early childhood education and care. Katrina has worked in many roles across early childhood centres from assistant educator to room leader to Assistant Director. Katrina is incredibly passionate about building strong partnerships with families to support all children to achieve their full potential. Katrina joined Platypus Junction in the Assistant Director role in 2017 and is now leading the wonderful team at Croydon in the Centre Director role.

Charlee Ridgway, Langwarrin Centre Director

Charlee’s career in early learning started from a completely different perspective. Charlee commenced her journey 12 years ago as a Centre Cook. At that time, passionate about ensuring children were offered a nutritionally balanced menu, Charlee quickly realised that she thoroughly enjoyed working with the children and soon after, commenced her studies in early childhood and moved into a room assistant position. Once Charlee completed her certificate, she quickly re-signed to complete her Diploma and then Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. Whilst undertaking her studies Charlee moved into more senior roles, completing 5 years as a Room Leader working with infants, toddlers and kinder ages and then moving into centre management. Charlee feels that the early childhood sector keeps her fresh and the children keep her young!

Ferah Pir, Mulgrave Centre Director

Ferah began her journey at Platypus Junction as a Nursery room leader, providing our infants and families with a high level of care and education with a strong focus of collaboration and communication. From here, Ferah stepped into the Assistant Director role, working closely with our children, families and educators and sharing her knowledge and experience across the broader Platypus Junction Mulgrave team. When the time came, it was a natural and very welcomed progression for Ferah to move into the role of Centre Director. With more than 14 years’ experience in the sector, Ferah holds her Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood services and is a final primary placement away from obtaining a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. Ferah intends to complete further study in the field on child psychology in the future.

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