Our Educators

Our Preschool Educators are qualified, experienced Teachers who provide innovative programs designed to assist your child to develop socially, emotionally, intellectually physically and creatively.

We work alongside the children, guiding and encouraging them through their learning experiences. Staff also encourage children to work together in problem solving, making decisions and in being caring, considerate and accepting of others.

We aim to provide an environment when children can grow, learn and explore. Children are encouraged to question, reflect, wonder, create, discover, thrive, experiment and be happy confident learners.

Educator Profiles

Nicole Winks - nicole@boroondarapreschool.vic.edu.au

4 year old Educator (Platypus group) and Educational Leader/Nominated Supervisor

I started at Boroondara Preschool at the beginning of 2018. I was previously employed at a Preschool in Blackburn North for 16 years, actively working for 10 of those years with 6 years maternity leave. Prior to that, I worked as a Preschool Teacher for Banyule City Council for 5 years and as a reliever for Relay Agency for 1 year. I graduated from Melbourne University after completing my Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies in 1996. I am very fortunate to be a part of Boroondara Preschool, which is a wonderful preschool, with dedicated educators and a fantastic, supportive Preschool community. I look forward to what the future holds and to furthering my teaching career at Boroondara Preschool.

Leanne Purcell - leanne@boroondarapreschool.vic.edu.au

4 year old Educator (Kookaburra group)

I commenced at Boroondara Preschool in 2011. My teaching experience began in the independent schools sector as a full time Director of the Kindergarten at Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School in Essendon. I remained there for nine years before taking leave to have a family. After having my two daughters I returned into a part time job in the community sector at Wahroonga Preschool in Greensborough as the 3 year old group teacher. After two years there I secured a job closer to home at Lower Templestowe Preschool, once again as the 3 year old group teacher. I remained there for 12 years. I felt then it was time for a change and challenge in my teaching and am happy now to be working at Boroondara Preschool with a 4 year old group. I appreciate the wonderful learning environment that Boroondara Preschool provides and it is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful staff and community.

Fiona McLean - fiona@boroondarapreschool.vic.edu.au

4 year old Co-Educator (Platypus and Kookaburra groups)

When I completed secondary school I went to TAFE and did my Diploma of Community Services – Child Care. During this course I was required to do a two week ‘Home Care Placement’ which saw me visit and help a family with six week old twins and three older children. As I studied I continued to work with this family and when I completed my course I worked as a Nanny to this family full time. In 2001 the twins were old enough to go to school so I commenced working at Gumnut Gully Preschool in Doncaster East as an assistant in two 3 year old groups. I also began at Boroondara Preschool in the same year as an assistant in one of the 4 year old groups, working part time at both centres. In 2003 I moved to London and worked as a live-in Nanny. Once again I found a family with newborn twins and two older children. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience overseas but missed my family and friends too much and returned home at the end of 2004. In 2005 I was lucky enough to again work at Boroondara Preschool as an assistant in one of the 4 year old groups. In 2006 I began working as co-educator in both 4 year old groups here and have not looked back since. I get such joy in watching and being a part of the children’s development over their year at Preschool. It is a pleasure to be part of such a wonderful teaching team and community here at Boroondara Preschool.

Caroline Rogers - caroline@boroondarapreschool.vic.edu.au

3 year old Educator (Bilby group)

I have a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching and my previous studies have been in visual arts and horticulture. For the past 4 years I have been a teacher at

Thornbury Kindergarten and in that time I have taught both 3 year old and 4 year old groups and have also been involved in the weekly Bush Kinder sessions at Darebin Parklands. I love giving children opportunities to make discoveries about their world by providing them with the time and space to explore, experiment, problem solve and imagine. I am very excited to be joining Boroondara Preschool and I look forward to getting to know you all.

Emma Lloyde - emma@boroondarapreschool.vic.edu.au

3 year old Co-Educator (Bilby group)

I am the Co-Educator in the Bilby group. I also do relief work across the centre so get to meet the children in the 4 year old groups as well. I graduated at the end of 2016 with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education from RMIT University. I commenced working at Boroondara Preschool in 2017. I also work as a volunteer at the Melbourne Zoo, in the Keeper Kid’s area. I am very interested in the benefits of play, inquiry and the natural environment in children’s learning and develop. I value experiences and resources that are open-ended, hands on, creative and as natural as possible. I am very proud to be a part this beautiful centre, and I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone.

Jill Andrews - jill@boroondarapreschool.vic.edu.au

3 year old Co-Educator (Bilby group)

I am really excited about my role with the children in the 3 year old Bilby group and look forward to getting to know them all not only as a group but individually. I have spent many years with young children and have taught both 3 and 4 year old kinder groups which I am passionate about. I have two wonderful sons, two Australian Shepherd dogs which are very active and a more laid back Ragdoll cat.