About Us

Possums’ Den is a community-based, not-for-profit early childhood education and care service nurturing 21 children per day.

Children of mixed ages between three and six years attend together and play in a variety of permanent and adaptable learning areas.  We are unique in providing families with a choice of three types of care (Federal funded Long Day Preschool, State funded Preschool and State funded Occasional Care). We also offer flexibility in days of attendance to meet individual family needs and work commitments.

 

We employ highly qualified educators who share a passion for quality early childhood education and care. Many of our staff have been working at the centre for a long time and their dedication to best practice is evident as soon as you walk through the door.

 

We are proud of our educators’ high qualification levels, their commitment to continual professional development and our educator to child ratio. This allows us to offer an exemplary indoor/outdoor educational program, provide choice and support for children’s individual interests and facilitate learning through play in a stimulating environment.

 

We acknowledge the importance of building collaborative partnerships with families and recognise the benefit for children when educators work closely with families. Parents and the child’s extended family are always welcome at the centre and we place great value in families gaining a sense of belonging to the Possums’ Den community. Families can be involved in the service in many ways including sharing ideas, participation on the management committee and joining family functions.

Meet Our Staff

 
Trish Thorncroft

 Director / Teacher / Educational Leader

 

Trish holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. She has worked at Possums' Den since 2003 and became the director in 2012. Trish is passionate about providing quality early childhood education and care through pursuing and implementing current practice. Trish has the overall responsibility for the children, staff and the program.

Sabine Benz

Administrator

 

Sabine has been associated with Possums’ Den since 1990, as a parent, committee member and then in 1993 as the administrator of the service. She holds a Certificate IV in Business and works in the office from 9.30am to 2.30pm. Sabine is dedicated to managing the office efficiently and is happy to answer any inquiries about the service.

Melissa Garner

Early Childhood Educator

 

Melissa holds a Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services). She joined Possums' Den in 2004 and has been an early childhood educator for more than

15 years. 

Margaret Negus

 Teacher

 

Marg holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). She has been employed at Possums’ Den since 2005. 

Jacqui Lowe

 Early Childhood Educator

 

Jacqui joined Possums’ Den in May 2011. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care).

Skye McCutcheon

Early Childhood Educator

 

Skye joined Possums’ Den in July 2017. She holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.  

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Tandy Arnold

Early Childhood Educator

 

Tandy joined Possums’ Den in April 2019.  She holds a Certificate III in

Children's Services.