Our Educators

The preschool educators are a professional team with a wide range of qualifications and experience. These qualifications are outlined in the preschool foyer on the educator photo board.

If at any time you wish to discuss your child, their progress, or the preschool curriculum with an educator, please feel free to do so, either informally, or by making an appointment so that the educator can arrange to be away from the children to give you their full attention. An appointment is also useful in ensuring that your child does not overhear any discussions that are of a sensitive nature.

The children each have their own group and dedicated educator who they will build a relationship with and care for your child. Through this relationship each child will develop their sense of belonging to the group. The educator’s focus children will form small groups who at particular times will come together to strengthen their relationships and social skills, engaging in age appropriate experiences such as stories, literacy and maths games, music, and movement. These smaller group structures benefit the children with more personalised experiences and individual time with educators.

All educators work together as a team to document children’s learning through learning stories & developmental observations which are carried out regularly throughout the year.

Our service has a higher child to staff ratio that allows us to provide your child/ren with quality care and individual teaching experiences. We also have highly qualified and experienced casual educators who are very familiar to the service who work when required.

At all times we have a range of qualified and experienced educators.

Families are notified of who their child’s room educators are and who their child’s group time teacher is during first term/upon enrolment.


Owners and Operator

Tonya Franks

Tonya Franks

Miss Tonya - Tonya is the owner operator and Nominated Supervisor of Marks Point Preschool. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). Tonya has worked in the industry for over 27 years and has a wealth of knowledge of service operations and the early childhood field.


Educators

Directors

Sarah Knyn

Sarah Knyn

Sarah is the Director and Nominated Supervisor. Sarah has spent the last 22 years working in Early Education in three different countries and brings to Marks Point Preschool her extensive knowledge and passion for early education and care. She believes that repectful,caring bonds with children and thier families are the foundation for a wonderful early learning experience. Her philosophy is to create and inspire a positive,stimulating,happy enviroment for learning,loving and to give all children and staff a chance to be the best they can be. She has three beautiful children of her own and loves sharing stories with families on the adventures of parenting.


Educational Leader

Tal Smith

Tal Smith

Tal is our amazing Educational Leader. With her past 15 years experience in Early Childhood Education she works alongside Miss Julie our Early Childhood Teacher to enhance the educational programs and practice of the service.Tal believes early childhood is the time for growth,learnng and positive influence, to guide children to be the best they can be. Tal feels that we have the most rewarding job, in that we can help and support children to recognise who they really are and to celebrate what makes them unique and wonderful. She is the proud mother of 2 gorgeous girls and enjoys family time with her husband,  e njoying every moment they can together,living life to the full.


Room Educators

Aimee Birch

Aimee Birch

Aimee is studying her Diploma in Children Services via an apprenticeship with the NSW Goverment Department of Industry. Aimee has been working in the early childhood industry for the past two years and looks to complete her training towards a university degree in education. She is also a very accomplished dancer who spends her weekend teaching dance to children which she has done for the last 6 years. She has showcased her talents on STARS of Newcastle a competition who dance to raise money for cancer research.


Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Julie is our Early Childhood Teacher. She has a honors degree in primary and early education. She has a wealth of knowledge that she shares with every child, family and educator at the service. Julie recognises and values the strengths that come from each unique child's identity and their families 'funds of knowledge' that they bring to the preschool community and culture. Her philosophy strongly supports the continual involment of the wider community to present and develop a connectedness to the world beyond preschool.


Miss Tara

Miss Tara

Miss Tara has completed her Certificate III in Children’s Services and joined our team in 2017. Prior to this position she worked with children aged birth - 6 years in long day care settings for 10 years. 


Miss Kirsten

Miss Kirsten

Miss Kirsten has a Diploma in Children’s Services and has worked at Marks Point Preschool for the past 4 years. Prior to this position she worked with younger aged children in a long day care setting. She enjoys and feels privileged to have the opportunity to build relationships with the children and families and watching them grow and develop during their time in preschool. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family – her partner and young son Charlie, walking on the beach, fishing, gardening and relaxing at home.


Miss Bessie

Miss Bessie

Miss Bessie has completed her Diploma of Children’s Services through TAFE.  Miss Bessie has worked in children's services for 2 years with experience in variety of childcare centres. Miss Bessie is very passionate about children and giving them an amazing preschool education where they feel safe and cared for by the educators as they experience and connect with the environment around them. Miss Bessie is one of 4 children who with her siblings enjoys boating, wakeboarding and skiing in her spare time .


Miss Amy

Miss Amy

Miss Amy has completed her Diploma in Children’s Services, gaining experience in both long day care and pre-school settings. She has worked as an early childhood educator for the past eleven years, ten of which have been at Marks Point Preschool. Miss Amy enjoys creating beautiful environments for children and feels strongly about building trusting relationships with them and their families. Outside of preschool, Miss Amy enjoys going to the gym, working in her garden, has an interest in interior design and floristry.  Miss Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, baby boy and their much loved dog ‘Mavis’. 

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