Our Team

Raquel – Director / Early Childhood Teacher

Bachelor of Education / Graduate Certificate of Early Education/ Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Raquel stepped into the Director role in early 2015 after volunteering and assisting in the Senior Kindy program. She has a passion for play-based learning and believes that play is essential for children of all ages. In 2017 she attended the 2nd National Play and Playwork conference in Melbourne  and returned to MELC with a keen interest in the principles of Playwork. In 2019 she stepped in the Early Childhood Teacher role and has been delivering the Kindergarten Program within the Senior Kindy Room. Raquel strives to inspire a fun and engaging program in collaboration with the team, the families and the community and does her best to bring a touch of magic to the centre each and every day.



Diploma of Early Education and Care

With her experience as a OSHC co-ordinator, Renee has an in-depth understanding of the day-to-day running of a centre. She is focused on supporting educators in both rooms to deliver high-quality programs, as well as offering admin assistance within the office. Renee has a keen interest in delivering play-based learning experiences, making use of loose parts and open-ended materials. She has had a big influence over the sustainable practices implemented at M.E.L.C.



Diploma of Early Education and Care

Pauline started at MELC as a student while undertaking placement for her Certificate III. As a student she was given the opportunity to train with all of our educators and learn each individual educator’s approach to early education. In 2020 Pauline was given the opportunity to step into a Lead Role in our Junior Kindy Room, and has been implementing an engaging, play-based program since.




Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Renata is our longest standing educator at MELC with 11 years of experience within our centre. Renata has worked with all age groups and has recently returned in a part time role following her maternity leave. 




Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care – Currently Studying

Janai is currently undertaking a Traineeship for her Certificate III. While undertaking her traineeship at MELC, Janai will have the opportunity to experience different roles and will get hands on experience while she studies.




Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Pema began at MELC as a student in 2018 and stepped into an Educator Role shortly after. Pema stepped into the role of Middle Kindy Group Leader in 2021. She has demonstrated a great ability to facilitate a child-lead program framed by intentional teaching practices.



Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care – Currently Studying

Michelle joined the MELC team in 2019, taking on an assistant role across both Junior Kindy and Senior Kindy. Stepping into a relief role within our team has given Michelle the opportunity to form strong relationships with all the children in our care.