Each one of us brings something special and different to the team which adds to the diversity of learning we can offer your child. We work well together as we share the same philosophy that children learn best through fun play, being challenged and taking risks. We all show commitment and dedication to ensure children are valued and respected and that families feel welcomed and supported as part of our preschool community. Our preschool has a reputation for providing high quality care and an amazing outdoor environment that the children and families adore! We are so lucky to be set on 5 acres of playground!
I am a mother of 3 children and wife to 1! (Haha) We have a love of travel and experiencing the wonder of different cultures. We share a commitment to sport and outdoor activities alongside taking time to ourselves. I have my Bachelor in Teaching, Early Childhood, which I completed in my home town of Wollongong. I moved to Coffs Harbour from the Gong in 2009. My experience has stretched out over the past 20 plus years. I have had the opportunity to educate children from 0-12 years. This experience has taken me from the Nurseries of long day care to the classrooms of the Dept. of Ed. I have joined Lower Bucca Community Preschool as Director/ Teacher and believe that I have found the perfect place to implement my years of experience and personal philosophy which aligns with that of our service. I take great pride in building relationships with our families and enjoy supporting all children in their uniqueness. It is imperative to me that each child leaves us for the ‘big’ world with an inner confidence and resilience that can take them forward in their journey through life and to be able to reach their full potential.
Hello my name is Giselle Pitt and I am diploma trained and commenced working at Lower Bucca Preschool in 2011. I have been in the early childhood field since 1997. My personal philosophy has changed with time due to my own personal growth and experiencing many changing situations which I apply to my everyday practices with children. I have been living in Coffs since 2010, moving from Sydney. I am a mother of 4 beautiful children and when I have the spare time I love to be outdoors exercising, catching up with friends, reading books or just simply enjoying time to myself.
I grew up in Sydney until I moved up to Dairyville with April where we had our daughter. I started to work in childcare in 1994 at numerous services in the Coffs Harbour region. I gained my certificate 3 whilst working at Lower Bucca Preschool where I have worked at for the past 12 years. I have an interest in wildlife, plants and nature. I have herpetological skills and a certificate in Advanced Herpetology. I love to use my knowledge and skills and share real experiences with the children that attend our service. I am also interested in antiques, colonial Australian history and collect coins and bank notes. Anything rare and unusual interests me and I have a love of sharing these finds with the children who will always give me a different perspective. I really enjoy working with children and being an influence in their lives. I look forward to seeing them and empowering them with knowledge and being alongside them in the learning journey.
Hello my name is Naomi Hood. I am a diploma trained educator currently employed at Lower Bucca community preschool. My calling into the industry came in 2010 when I enrolled in my first course in children’s services, an industry that I knew I would love! I was fortunate enough to stumble across Bucca preschool during my first work placement and I haven’t looked back since.
In 2014 I took the last three terms off for maternity leave to have my beautiful daughter and returned in January 2015. I reside in Nana Glen with my family and spend my free time hanging out with the family and pottering in the garden.
There is something very special about Bucca preschool that I feel blessed every day to be a part of. The connection to nature that we experience fits perfectly with my personal philosophy of viewing nature as the first teacher.
Some of my favourite ways to support your children in exploring educational opportunities include cooking, investigating science experiences and observing the growth of all the children from the moment they first walk through our gate until the day when we proudly watch them (and shed a tear or two) walk back out to begin their journey to big school.
I look forward to meeting you and working together to give your child a nurturing, encouraging and supportive beginning in their education and learning here at Lower Bucca preschool.
Claire Badke: Supporting Educator
Lea Darby: Supporting Educator
Janet Martindale: Administration Officer
I am the preschool admin officer and have worked at Lower Bucca Community Preschool since 2009. I moved to Sawtell with my husband and young family in 1996. We have three adult children who now live away from home. My involvement with community preschools began when we moved here and my children commenced preschool in Toormina. I just loved the community and preschool environment and have remained involved in preschools ever since. My various roles have been first as a parent, a volunteer, a committee member, and now a staff member. The benefits of being part of a community preschool are constantly revealed to us by the children in so many amazing ways and I continue to marvel at the commitment and strong support we always enjoy from our families and staff.