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Maryland Care and Early Education Centre is proud to have knowledgeable and experienced educators on staff. Our qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Education
  • Bachelor of Teaching
  • Diploma of Children’s Services
  • Certificate III in Children’s Services
  • Certificate II in Hospitality Operations
  • Certificate III in Food Studies

All are experienced working with children with additional needs, and all key staff hold a Senior First Aid Certificate, asthma and anaphylaxis and child protection certificates. All staff and members of the Management Committee hold Working With Children checks.

Leanne Gardiner awardOur Educational Leader, Leanne, holds a national award for her work, winning the 2015 Australian Scholarships Group National Excellence in Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The parents of MCEEC nominated Leanne, who provides guidance and direction for all staff on curriculum. She is also a staff mentor, working with other educators to reach their own potential and better understand the relationship between their work and learning outcomes for children.

The judges were impressed with the way Leanne incorporated her love of travel into her teaching. In 2014 Leanne travelled to Peru and involved the children in her classroom in her adventure. A simple discussion with the children about the differences between schooling in Australia and Peru led to an art and craft drive, with families donating items for Leanne to deliver to a school in Cusco, Peru. Leanne’s innovation in developing this project for young children created an exciting classroom environment and instilled a passion for learning about the world and how it works.