Hi there! I’m Claire and I’m the Centre director and Educational leader here at Wattle Road. I’ve been at Wattle Road for 6 years and have worked in the childcare industry since the age of 16.
I am originally from Devon, England and I moved to the Northern Beaches 10 years ago.Since then, I’ve built a family here and made some great connections in the community. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies from the UK, equivalent to an Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. My main interest is Child Development and Learning in the Early Years. Throughout my time in the industry, I’ve worked in many different roles such as Director, Second in charge, Educational leader and Room leader to name a few.
I also have a 3-year-old daughter that has attended Wattle Road since she was an infant, and consider Wattle Road a part of our family. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, watching my favourite movies and spending time with friends.
“I believe children have the right to always feel safe and loved. Children are capable
individuals, and if we create an environment that can nurture, care for and educate them then they will become strong confident learners.”
Owner + Operations Manager
Hi! My name is Sandra and I am the owner and Operations Manager of Wattle Road Early Education Centre.
My background is as a registered pharmacist, and I have worked in several roles within the medical industry. Following the completion of my Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, I went on to work in a number of settings, including compounding laboratories and also community roles. During my time as a pharmacist, I held both managerial and clinical roles, and it is through these roles that I developed a true affinity to providing care for the youngest members of our community.
Following my transition out of the medical industry and into the world of childcare, I studied a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and am currently in my final stages of becoming a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.
My role at the centre is to oversee and manage all the day to day requirements, working closely with our talented Centre Director, Claire. I develop and implement programs, systems and operational processes to support our team, our children and our families. I am always at the centre, which gives me the opportunity to spend quality time with our children, and be a point of contact for all parents and the team at Wattle Road.
“I believe that children are unique, capable and curious individuals who are actively engaged in lifelong learning. As early childhood educators, we play a critical role in their short and long-term development. It is our role to nurture and help each of their unique personalities flourish so that they can become confident and independent individuals.”