Rebecca

Rebecca Dridan is Ooranga’s Executive Officer and comes with a diverse range of qualifications and experience. Rebecca works closely with the Ooranga staff and Management Committee to ensure service sustainability and responsiveness to community needs. 

"I have been associated with Ooranga ever since I moved to the area in 2006 and took my children to playgroup at Premer, then preschool. I strongly believe in the role of services like Ooranga in supporting sustainable rural communities."

Libby

Libby Whitehurst is the Administration Officer at Ooranga. Libby has a broad range of experience working in community services and early childhood settings. 

"I provide administrative support to the Ooranga staff and Management Committee and enjoy the interaction with parents and families. Having grown up in a small rural community in central NSW, I believe organisations like Ooranga provide a valuable service to isolated rural families."

Paula

Paula Jones, as the Ooranga Toy Librarian, enjoys working with children and families in the Toy Library. Paula also supports the preschool and playgroup staff with the supply of specific toys and resources to ensure diverse and stimulating experiences for children using Ooranga services.

"As a member of the Toy Library for 3 years prior to commencing employment with Ooranga, I understand the benefits that toy libraries have to offer. My goal is to assist parents in their endeavour to promote play and encourage a child's imagination."

Abby

Abby Musgrove has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and over 5 years’ experience working in early childhood.

"It is such a privilege to be a part of children's early childhood education. To witness their wonder, celebrate their achievements and share their developmental journey is thoroughly rewarding."

Corrina

Corrina has a teaching degree and extensive experience in early intervention for children with additional needs.

“Through fun, hands on, play based learning children reach their full potential in their own way and time. This is achieved by educators knowing each child in their care and providing a fun and interesting environment for them to participate and learn in. As an Educator, my reward is to see each child achieve their milestones no matter how big or small.”

Helen

Helen Stevenson has a teaching degree and has been working with children aged between 3-12 years for over 30 years. 

"I believe that as an Educator it is my role to provide opportunities for children to grow and develop to their full potential. It is also vitally important to develop an understanding of the needs of the families and wider community in order to best provide a caring and supportive preschool centre for the children in my care."

Jess

Jess Carolan has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care with 5 years’ experience in preschool education.

"I believe that a child's early years of learning are some of the most valuable. I love to see children playing and learning in a safe, experience rich environment where everything imaginable is possible."

Amber

Amber has a Diploma in Children’s Services and over 5 years’ experience working in early childhood.

“It is my desire, as an educator, to help students meet their fullest potential in all areas of the Early LearningFramework by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. When children have ownership in the curriculum, they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to reach their goals. .”

Kymberly

Lana

Lana Boxsell has a Cert III in Children’s Services and is currently completing her Diploma. Lana has over 8 years’ experience working in early childhood education. Lana coordinates the Walhallow Preschool and Playgroup that operates every week. 

"I aspire to create a secure and fun filled space for children to learn through play. I believe that through strong and respectful relationships with families, we can support a child to reach their potential."

Mardi

"I believe that children are the core of their own learning. Children draw from their primary care givers, their environments as well as the wider community to expand and build on their own view of the world.
I value diversity, and strive to partner with parents, families, caregivers and the community to provide a healthy and inclusive environment with positive guidance for all children."

Allison

"I believe educating children is a privilege bestowed upon us by parents.
Children are individuals and should be treated as such.
By providing quality education and care we can ensure all children develop and become the best they can be."

Melissa

"As a passionate early childhood educator I believe that learning is a lifelong process and the building blocks of learning are developed in the early stages of life. 
Early childhood educators have one of the most important jobs because they are preparing children for the world of learning."

Nicole

Nicole Constable has a Cert III in Children’s Services and over 10 years working with children.

"I will always support, guide and observe the children consistently whilst they, as children, learn through play, exploration and risk taking. I strongly believe that making a child and their families feel as though they belong is important in maintaining a positive and enthusiastic preschool environment."

Paula

Paula Neader has a Cert III in Children’s Services and over 20 years’ experience working with children from ages 3-12 years. 

"At Boggabri Preschool we believe every child is special and unique and learn while playing, therefore we endeavour to provide lots of different experiences and activities to enhance their learning opportunities and extend on their individual strengths and interests within a safe, happy environment. We welcome all families and are respectful of each family's cultural, religious traditions and beliefs and encourage children to do the same."

Shai

Shai Knight has a teaching degree and has over 10 years’ experience working with children and families. 

"Through my work, I enjoy watching the children change, evolve and grow. It is such a delight to see the world through the eyes of a child. I am fortunate to be an educator of young children."

Gemma

Gemma O’Brien has an Associate Diploma in Social Science (Child Studies) and has worked with children and families for over 15 years. 

"I believe that each child is an individual and learns at their own pace. A child's earliest influences are their most important. Along with a child's parents, as a childcare educator, I am among the architects that helps shape the emotional, social, cognitive and physical blueprint that makes up a child."

Kimberly

Policies

Ooranga Family Mobile Resource Unit Assoc. Inc. has developed policies and procedures which govern the day to day operation of its services.

Printed copies of our policies are located at the Ooranga office, each preschool venue and in the playgroup van and are available to all members. Ooranga policies are developed by staff and Ooranga members in accordance to the seven areas of the National Quality Standard. The policies, along with supporting operational procedures, assist staff and members to ensure the safety of children and adults in attendance at Ooranga services and guide the provision of quality early childhood education and care.

Policies are regularly reviewed by staff and the Ooranga Management Committee. Families are encouraged to read the Policies, ask staff if they have any questions and provide any suggestions for changes to improve the quality of Ooranga services.

All staff, volunteers and members are expected to abide by the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics.
A copy of these is available at Ooranga centres or online at the ECA website.