Educator Profiles

Alyce Krowik

Name: Alyce Krowik
Service Name: Alyce’s Child Care
Suburb: Randwick
Days: Thrusday and Friday
Service Hours: 8am-4.30pm (negotiable) (Thursday & Friday)

I aim to provide a loving and nurturing environment to ensure that first step away from family or care is a smooth transition, providing your children with a loving home away from home full of love, cuddles and laughter.

I create a curriculum based around the early years learning framework, developing and encouraging fun and learning through play-based activities to increase independence, exploration, discovery and building community. I provide a safe, loving, active environment that allows your child to build the confidence and courage to learn, play, develop social skills and have a great time.

Your children will get an appreciation of culture through dance, song, stories, craft, art and cooking.

We focus a part of the day on intentional group learning where we will explore topics such as road safety, hygiene such as brushing your teeth and other important concepts.

We place an importance on exploring your children's interests and encourage you to bring in a favourite book or activity your child is enjoying so we can explore this further as a group.

I encourage developmental growth in the areas of intellectual, social, physical, and emotional skills, through a wide assortment of group activities, individual play and quiet periods. We also offer:

  • Spacious indoor and outdoor areas with engaging and stimulating activities for your children and area for exploration
  • 3 meals a day focused on health and nutrition (meal planner provided to parents)
  • Daily diaries with images sent direct to you
  • We are approved to provide you with full access to the fee subsides provided by the Federal Government– CCS.

I work closely with you to ensure the transition into care goes as smoothly as possible. I encourage questions and a collaborative approach to ensure your child gets the best care.

Angelika Shariev

" "Name: Angelika Shariev
Qualification: Master of Education
Service Name: LICA Family Day Care
Suburb: Bondi Junction
Service Hours: 8am - 5pm (Monday to Thursday)

I firmly believe that the best part of my role as a Family Day Care educator is teaching and helping children grow, develop, learn and flourish into exceptional individuals.

I will incorporate children's interests into appropriately planned experiences and activities, according to each child's level of development. This will be done mainly in order to provide a caring and happy atmosphere in which the children will have the opportunity to express themselves and their individuality.

Nominated for “Educator of the Year“award in 2015, 2017, regional winner of “Educator of the Year” in 2018.

Anjelika Denissova

Name: Anjelika Denissova
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Suburb: Woolahra
Service Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Monday to Friday)

About myself:

I moved to Australia in 1999 from St Petersburg. I have spent some time studying and worked in the Aged Care sector. I joined WFDC Scheme in 2009 with a belief that an environment where one educator cares for a small group of children provides optimal learning opportunities and allows children to thrive.

I have a very strong passion for working with children and their families. I believe it is important that every child in my care is provided with a warm, safe, educational and stimulating environment where the children are recognised as unique and valuable individuals and their culture, customs, languages and beliefs are respected at all times.

About my service:

  • One Educator to four children
  • Stimulating, safe and warm environment
  • Individual approach to each child and family
  • Flexibility
  • Home cooked meals
  • Programming based on child’s interests
  • Relaxed play learning environment


  • Certificate III in Children’s Services
  • Senior First Aid (Management of Anaphylaxis and Asthma)
  • Work, Health and Safety for FDC
  • Food Safety Certificate
  • Working with children check


  • Indoor: Air conditioned play room equipped for children of different ages.
  • Outdoor – safe and cosy backyard , safety floor cover
  • Separate room for baby (sleeping time)

Anthea Lazarou

Name: Anthea Lazarou
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Yia Yia’s Place FDC
Suburb: Clovelly
Service Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm (Monday to Thursday)

My name is Anthea and I run YIA YIA’s FDC as part of the Waverley Family Day-care scheme. I have been working with children for a number of years and I have my Certificate 3 in Children’s services. I have a current certificates in: food handling, WHS, first aid and asthma and anaphylaxis management.  I am highly motivated, loving, caring and qualified to care for your child. Being around children keeps me young and gives me a great sense of achievement as I see them grow and evolve.

I look forward to developing a wonderful relationship with you and your child as we undertake this childcare adventure together.

Arlene Courland

Name: Arlene Courland

Location- North Bondi

Days and hours of operation:

  • Monday, 8am - 4pm
  • Tuesday, 8am - 4pm
  • Wednesday, 8am - 4pm

Maximum number of children- 4

Ages of children-1-5 years

I have a Bachelor Degree in Education, with 32 years of teaching experience, working predominantly with infants. I also spent five years working in the special needs department. I am able to implement various methodologies in order to maximise childrens’ learning. I have a free standing home with no pets or pool. The children have their own room which leads directly onto a large covered deck and grassed area. There is also a separate sleeping area.

My relationship with the children is based on trust, respect and love. I am committed to nurturing children, so they feel safe, confident and valued. My open-door policy promotes close contact with parents. This ensures that we establish a partnership which is essential in the optimal development of your children.

I believe in a stimulating play-based, open learning environment, encouraging active engagement, exploration and curiosity. It is important that children develop holistically- cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially. I strongly value the importance of children learning to co-operate with each other, to respect the rights of others and to learn to empathise with their peers.We embrace cultural diversity and encourage families to share their traditions and experiences. I promote a sense of community and of belonging to a family.

Ayelet's Day Care

Location: Dover-Heights.

Days and hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 8am - 5pm.

I believe that all children should be treated as individuals with respect and their needs and interests are met.
I like to create an environment that is safe, caring and nurturing.

Iacana Alves

Name: Iacana Alves
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Little Honey Bee FDC
Suburb: Matraville
Service Hours: 7:30am -5:00 pm (Monday – Thursday)

I am Iacana Alves ( Mana) and I am with Waverley Family Day Care since I opened my Little Honey Bee FDC three years ago.

I am married, have two beautiful daughters and a beloved dog. I am from Brazil and I have arrived in Australia 22 years ago.

My background was in administration and I was also a kindergarten teacher in Brazil for 7 years.

For many years I worked caring for children as a nanny and after I raised my 2 daughters, I found my passion in Child Care Education. My FDC has had brought me great joy. I have a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and I am looking forward to developing my professional skills planning to enrol in my Diploma in the future.

Jasmine Harrington

Name: Jasmine Harrington
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Harrington Family Day Care
Suburb: Botany
Service Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Monday-Friday)

I am a qualified educator and have been working with Children for over seventeen years. I have grown up with my mother owning a childcare and followed in her footsteps. I have completed my certificate three and also trained as a Montessori preschool educator. I have worked in many centres as a room leader and director which inspired me to now create my own Family Day Care with Waverley Council.

I believe children deserve a safe, loving and nurturing environment where they can feel comfortable and loved in a home environment. They will be given the opportunity to learn, explore, laugh and create new friendships and new skills.

Jessica Tessier

Name: Jessica Tessier
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
Service Name: Le Petit Prince French FDC
Suburb: Woollahra
Service Hours: 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (Monday to Friday)

I first recognised my natural ability to communicate and nurture the development of children when I began babysitting and nannying at the age of thirteen.  Throughout high-school I had a steady stream of babysitting, which I continued to pursue whilst studying a Bachelor Degree in Business at UTS.

In 2012, I was offered the opportunity to study abroad at Toulouse Business School in France.  This experience was invaluable in broadening my social and cultural capacities and also allowed me to meet my husband, Maxime.  My time in France along with a French partner have underpinned my learning and love for the French language.  Upon returning to Sydney in 2014, I worked for three years in the corporate world before deciding to leave the sheep life behind to follow my dream of creating my own business in childcare.  Combining my love of the French language with a long standing passion for working with children, Le Petit Prince French Family Day Care was born. I endeavour to provide a wholesome and nurturing environment for the children in my care, as well as a professional and engaging service for parents and families.

Jo Guyatt

Name: Jo Guyatt
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Jo’s Family Day Care
Suburb: Kensington
Service Hours:8:00am -5:00 pm (Monday – Thursday)

I have a certificate 3 in Children’s Services and have over 20 years’ experience working as a Family Day Care educator firstly with Sydney FDC, starting in 1997, and then with Waverley when they combined.  I have a large home which has a general play area and a home corner area inside with direct access to the outdoors.  There is a paved area under shade with a sand pit beside it and a lawn area for slide, obstacle course, balls and gross motor activities. Garden beds and pots provide opportunities for growing herbs and vegetables (with a worm farm and compost to assist).

I will provide a warm, loving safe environment where children  can learn through self-directed play which can be extended through observation.  I will try to instil a respect for diversity, fairness, and respect for each other and their rights and responsibilities in relation to   our community and the wider community.  I am a firm believer in sustainability and use natural materials in play and recycle and reuse everyday day materials, we garden, have a worm farm and compost bin and use green cleaning. I believe children should be happy and have fun in my care while becoming confident and involved learners.

Junko Kamimura

Name: Junko Kamimura
Qualification: Diploma of Children’s Studies
Service Name: MOMO FDC
Service Hours: 8:00am-6:00pm (M,T,Th,F)

My name is Jun Kamimura. I came to Australia from Japan in 2008 and have worked in child care since then. I completed the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in 2015.

Momo family day care opened as part of Waverly Family Day Care in January 2018. Children from 6months to 5 years. We offer your child healthy food, a stimulating and enjoyable program that makes use of natural resources and bi-lingual care and education with Japanese culture and language.

Karen's Kosher Day care

Contact number: 0433 010 543

Days and operating hours: Monday - Wednesday, 8:30am - 4:30pm.

At Karen’s Family Day Care we recognise that family day care is the first stepping stone to a child’s education and may be their first out of home care experience. With this in mind we endeavour to foster a nurturing, safe, secure, happy and stimulating home like environment which meets the individual needs of the child and their family.

We believe that children should be provided with a stimulating and challenging play environment where they can learn and develop by exploring their world through play. They can learn to foster good relationships through interactions with their peers and educator. Engaging with other children of all age groups helps them develop emotional well being and connection to peers.

We believe that each child is unique and comes from a unique family environment, we value the input of their families and parents are invited to contribute to every aspect of the curriculum. We embrace and respect their values, beliefs, cultural backgrounds, traditions and believe that this contributes to the child’s feeling of belonging in the Family Day Care setting.

Karen’s Family Day Care provides a unique child care setting, looking after a small group of children allowing the child to develop to the best of their physical, mental and emotional potential in a fun, safe, environment where laughter and joy are encouraged.

Kathleen Abian

Name: Kathleen Abian
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Kathleen’s FDC
Suburb: Bondi Junction
Service Hours: 7:30am-5:00pm (Monday to Friday)

Lani Manansala

Name: Lani Manansala
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Lani’s FDC
Suburb: Bondi Junction
Service Hours: 7:45am-5:45pm (Monday to Friday)

Lisa Jones

Name: Lisa Jones

Location: Daceyville

Age range children: 8 months to 5 years.

Days / hours operation: Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8am to 5.45pm.

I have been an educator in Family Day Care for 6 years, and prior to that have worked in long day care centres and preschools for many years.

I have a Cert 111 in Early Education & Care and a Diploma in Community Services.

I am passionate about nature, healthy eating, books and play based learning. These topics are reflected in my day care program. I develop weekly age appropriate programs in line with each individual child’s current interests.

I have developed an educational resource website, Smarty Pants Kidz, specifically for 3 to 5 year old children. It is for both parents and educators to have access to a range of books and busy bags for young children.

My child focused backyard has been designed by Better Homes and Gardens for children to explore and have a beautiful natural space to play.

I welcome you to come and visit to see if my day care is the right fit for you and your family.

Lisa Jones

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Luciana Hritcu

Name: Luciana Hritcu

Location: North Bondi

Days and hours of operation:

  • Monday - Wednesday 8:15am - 5pm

Maximum number of children: 4

Ages of children: 8 months to 4 years old

I have a Bachelor Degree in Business and A Degree as An Air Traffic Controller. Now studying towards Certificate III in Children Services.

I have created an environment where children can be set free and follow their impulses to explore their creativity and curiosity.

My philosophy is inspired by Maria Montessori who believes that children are natural learners and that most of all they need freedom to become the persons that they are meant to be.

She also sustains that children absorb the world around them and true discipline and harmony is something that comes from within and not something that can be enforced.

I believe that we are what we eat and one of my most important goals is to help the parents to raise healthy children and that is why I provide mostly organic healthy home cooked meals.

I believe that music is an amazing instrument that helps the children improve their language skills, their self esteem, their listening skills and stimulates their brain connection. For all the above music plays an important role in my services and we have music classes with UKUBEBE every 2 weeks where all the mums and children are invited to participate.

Meena Lodhia

Name: Meena Lodhia
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Meena’s FDC
Suburb: Bondi
Service Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday to Friday)

Meire Marchiori

Name: Meire Marchiori
Qualification: Certificate III in Children’s Services
Service Name: The Yellow Woodpecker Family Day Care
Suburb: Maroubra
Service Hours: 7:30am- 5:00pm (M-F)

My name is Tia-Meire Marchiori and I run The Yellow Woodpecker-FDC, registered with the Waverley Family Day Care scheme since 2014.

I am qualified Certificate III in Children’s Services, First Aid Certificate and CPR, Brazilian born, I arrived in Australia in 1988 and I am an Australian citizen since 1995

I am a qualified and recognized Capoeira Master ( Brazilian martial arts) teaching the art form for children from 2- 5 and 5-13 yrs/old. Two different programs that I developed considering and respecting the children’s ages and physical development, with more than 25 years’ experience working with Children in this field.

The Yellow Woodpecker – FDC provides a ‘home-like’ setting, where children play & work together. By providing a safe, educationally & socially enriching environment, the children in my care are encouraged to learning through play & exploring their surroundings, it creates an atmosphere where social, emotional, physical & cognitive development can take place. This is met through providing a variety of activities & experiences that allows the child to be creative, to discover & to solve problems. Children will learn to interact in relation to others with care, empathy & respect

Mel Gamazon

Name: Mel Gamazon
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Mel’s Family Day Care
Suburb: Bondi Junction
Service Hours: 7:30am-5:45pm (Monday to Friday)

Rebecca Harris

Name: Rebecca Harris
Qualification: Diploma
Service Name: Play HQ
Suburb: Bondi Junction
Service Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday-Thursday)

Hi I’m Rebecca but everyone calls me Bex.

I’m originally from England and hold the NNEB Diploma.

I have had the pleasure of working with children for the past 29yrs and my experience includes: 7yrs as a private nanny in London, 7yrs working for a Mark Warner holiday company based in the Mediterranean and French/ Italian Alps, 3yrs as an Operations Manager setting up occasional care for children throughout the UK, 3yrs as a Preschool teacher in Dover Heights before becoming a FDC educator with Waverley since 2011.

From our base in Walter Street the Play HQ team sing, laugh and learn together and have strong connections with our  local community with our daily adventures.

Please get in touch to find out more.

Rebecca Lolham

Name: Rebecca Lolham
Qualification: Bachelor of Education (Birth – 12 yrs)
Service Name: Beca’s Family Day Care
Suburb: Chifley
Service Hours: 8:00am-5:30pm (Monday to Friday)

Beca's family day care is owned and operated by Rebecca Lolham. She has a Bachelor of Education - birth to twelve years old and has almost 10 years experience working with children in an early childhood setting. Most of her experience has been as a room leader for the 0-2 age group.

Rebecca joined Waverley Family Day Care in January 2018 and she prides herself on creating warm and nurturing relationships with children and families in her care while offering a safe and fun learning environment that encourages play-based learning.

Rebecca has had experience working in mainstream and Montessori early learning centres. She believes a combination of the Montessori philosophy where "play is the work of the child" and child-led, spontaneous play, is key to allowing a child to create a positive attitude to learning.

Rebecca's philosophy is to offer a safe, fun and nurturing environment where each child feels respected and valued. Rebecca believes each child should feel a sense of belonging and a desire to naturally explore their environment while supporting their individual needs, interests and abilities.

Roselle Gregory

Name: Roselle Gregory
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Rosie’s Family Day Care
Suburb: Bondi Junction
Service Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday to Thursday)

Ruth’s Family Day care- Ruth seagull

Location- Mitchell St, North Bondi. 2026.

Days and hours of operation: Monday to Thursday, 8am - 5pm

Maximum number of children- 4

Ages of children- 10 month to 3 years.

Contact: 0414353086

The philosophy of my Family Day Care is to provide quality care in a safe, caring, happy environment. Encourage social and physical developmental skills of your child through indoor and outdoor activities.

I will encourage the personal and social development skills of your child through activities that promote self-esteem amongst the children, which will enhance their personality, development and mental well being. At the same time, I will provide opportunities for them to grow as individuals, at their own pace.

I also encourage the parents to become involved with my Family Day Care by means of offering ideas, suggestions etc.

I am always available to listen to you, regarding any concerns you may have with your Child.

Sue Lowe

Name: Sue Lowe - Bronte Sproglets - operating since March 2006

Days and hours of operation: Tuesday - Thursday, 8am - 6pm
Casual care available – space permitting

Ages of children: Four children per day, 9m - 5yrs approx

My goals

Family daycare is often the first step into the big wide world for babies and toddlers, so I aim to provide a relaxed and nurturing home-away-from-home. I spend most of my time playing with the children to develop a strong attachment and to observe their strengths, interests and needs – which form the basis of my programming.

I try to incorporate as much outdoor, nature-based and wet/messy/sensory play as possible because it helps children relax, have fun and make friends! I have my own large deck plus a community garden right across the road. We do a lot of planting, watering, insect hunting and mud/sand cooking. When possible (age and ability allowing) we explore our local neighbourhood and visit nearby playgrounds – great exercise and helps develop a sense of belonging.

I take lots of photos that go into a ‘retro’ paper-based scrap-book, paired with many written observations of their ongoing development. We also do a lot of painting, drawing and early literacy and numeracy work, which also goes into the book. Parents and children love these books!

While most children start with me from about 8 months to 20 months, I am very happy when they decide to stay until they are older! Both younger and older children benefit from being supported by, and supporting each other.

I aim to operate a sustainable service with healthy home-made food, non-disposable nappies and green cleaning!

Talya Straiton

Name: Talya Straiton
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education
Service Name: Talya’s Tots Kosher FDC
Suburb: Bondi
Service Hours: 8:00am-5:00pm (Monday-Friday)

At Talya’s Tots Family Daycare I endeavour to create a Jewish environment where the children enjoy different interactive activities and experiences that focus on Jewish cultural and religious practices.

Each week we focus our learning on a dedicated topic that is decided either from the children’s current interests or any upcoming festival or special day in the Jewish calendar. The children enjoy a strictly Kosher child friendly menu that is developed with ongoing input from the parents.

Zizi Muhammed

Name: Zizi Muhammed
Qualification: Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and working towards Diploma
Service Name: Zizi’s Family Day Care
Suburb: Rose Bay
Service Hours: 7:30am-5:30pm (Monday to Thursday)


My name is Zizi and I run Zizi’s FDC as part of the Waverley Family Day

Care scheme.

I have been working with children for 35 years and I have my Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. I have current certificates in food handling, workplace health & Safety, First aid and Anaphylaxis.

I am highly motivated, loving, caring and qualified to care for your child.

Being around children keeps me young gives me a great sense of achievement as I see them grow and evolve.

I look forward to developing a wonderful relationship with your child and

yourselves as we undertake this childcare adventure together.