Our People

All staff at Kids of the Castle are committed to providing high quality child care and believe in providing an environment where children can learn and grow together. Currently our staff consists of the following qualified individuals:

Cathie Heath

Cathie Heath

Director of the centre and School Readiness Co-ordinator.

This year (2011) marks my 36 year anniversary in child care. My career was ordained when my mother purchased 5 acres in Castle Hill and set up a child care centre while I was still in High School. Over the years I have experienced most aspects of care from Family Day Care, Foster Care and Long Day Care and of all ages - birth to 6. I am still as passionate about high quality care now as I was back in 1975 and I am hoping to spend the next 30 years in Child Care and still loving it !

Sam Heath

Sam Finau

Possum Room Leader (3-5 years).

I have worked in the child care industry since 1998, completing my Certificate III in 2001. In this time I have cared for 0-6 year old children and have been responsible for catering a nutritious menu for 50 children.

Claudette Allen

Claudette Allen

Assistant in Possum Room (3-5 years).

I specialise in working with 'additional needs children', preparing them for life and school. I finished my diploma in Community Services in 2003 and have been working at Kids of the Castle since.

Elise Harvey

Melissa Jack

Trainee in Possum Room (3-5 years)

I began my on the job traineeship at the beginning of this year. i am throughly enjoying working with the children at the centre. I enjoy learning new things daily, and believe the children teach me as much as i teach them.

Julie Ruberry

Julie Ruberry

I have worked for KOTC in excess of 15 years, 10 years at the old Site and nearly 6 years at the existing centre. I job-share with Claudette and work with all children in both groups. I also relieve all staff for holidays, sick-leave and rostered days off.

Catherine McCabe

Krissie Lane

Koala Room Leader (0-3 years).

I have been working in child care since i finished my Associate diploma in 2007. I have worked in both the koala and possum rooms and enjoy the challenge of all age groups.

Rebecca Pearsall

Lesley Jones

Assistant in Koala Room (0-3 years).

I'm originally from the UK, and completed my training in BTEC national diploma of childhood studies. I have 2 children of my own and after returning to work after my maternity leave i worked in an out of school hours centre, as well as a preschool, before relocating to Aust and begining work at Kids of the Castle.

Tracy Winfield

Suzi Pory

Assistant in Koala Room (0-3 years).

I am originally from sudan, but moved to Egypt where my passion for working with children began. I worked in a preschool in Egypt for 3 years, before moving to Australia and completing my Certificate 3 in Children's services.

Lynda Syme

Bushra Ahmed

Assistant in Koala Room (0-3 years).

I relocated from Pakistan in 2004. I am a mum of 3, and i'm currently completing my Diploma in Children's Services. I work at Kids of the Castle in a job share role and enjoying reading and singing with the children as well as arts and craft time.