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 Director of Development, Rebecca Ryan, and is based on the National Quality Framework (NQF) and 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.

Michelle Jones, Operations Manager

Michelle commenced in the early childhood sector over 17 years ago as a trainee in children’s services. Michelle soon completed her Diploma of Children’s services working with children from birth through to school age. Michelle has worked in a variety of roles and regions throughout Victoria including senior educator, Director and Area Manager. During this time Michelle has undertaken additional studies in Business Management and Human Resources enabling her to further apply her skills and experience across the business.

Rebecca Ryan, Director of Development

Bec’s passion for early childhood started many years ago when she completed her Diploma of Early Childhood, from here Bec went on to complete many different roles within the sector. Recently, Bec has undertaken her Bachelor in Early Childhood through Deakin University, finishing this degree in the top 15% of her class. Bec’s passion and commitment into early childhood education provides up to date knowledge and experience, sharing this across the Platypus Junction group.

Lali Parulava, Educational Leader

More than 25 years ago Lali commenced her career in early childhood. Lali was attracted to the early childhood sector by her desire to teach, she soon set about her studies obtaining a Bachelor in Teaching, Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education and then moving on to complete a Postgraduate Degree in Educational Management. Lali has successfully managed and run Kindergarten programs in Australia and New Zealand as well as our own Kindergarten program at Platypus Junction Mulgrave. Still a teacher at heart, Lali now works across the broader Platypus Junction group sharing her skills and expertise with our educators and teachers as our Educational Leader. Lali is never too far away from the children though, and you will often find her in the children’s rooms reading a book or joining in song.

Libby Clarke, Support and Sales Director

Libby has worked in Early Learning for over 20 years. Beginning her career by studying her Diploma in Early Childhood Services. Libby has been a key part of the Platypus Junction team since 2009, starting as a Room Leader at our Mt Eliza centre, Libby is now in our Management Team as our Support and Sales Director and continues to be a key leader in our Management Group for Platypus Junction childcare centres.

Lily James, Croydon Centre Director

Lily has held many positions in early childhood across her 13 years in the sector. 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 gives 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 Centre Director as it allows her to connect with children, families and her community in a positive and meaningful way.

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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