The Team

Our team consists of a Director, Assistant Director, a Team Leader and Educational Leader as well as four Area Leaders. We are dedicated, qualified Educators who are at the Centre on a daily basis and will be your first point of contact for any questions or concerns you may have. We also have approximately 16 Casual staff members who will also be your child's immediate contact. They all work on the same schedule each week to create a sense of comfort and familiarity to each attending child, which naturally leads to developing strong relationships.Our Casual Team come from all different backgrounds and experiences, although they all share the same passion for children's development, health and wellbeing. Feel free to come in, say hi and get to know us !

*Tip - If you are a new family starting in our centre, show our pictures to your child/ren and read our descriptions to them. This will provide them with a sense of familiarity and comfort upon arrival on their first day!

Jack Roach

Director / Nominated Supervisor

My name is Jack Roach and I've been here for 10 years this October ! 

I love how refreshing and honest children are and how fascinating they find their world. It's my aim to provide them with the best opportunity to explore their interests and make really meaningful friendships. 

At OOSH you'll find me playing soccer in the OOSH yard with an ever-growing unattended pile of work on my desk. If I'm not in either of those two spots, check the kitchen - I might have wandered in there to pinch some jelly-beans! 

Irina Przinova

Assistant Director

Hi, I'm Irina! 

I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and have been working at South Coogee OOSH for just over a year.

My personal belief is that all children are individuals going through development at their own pace. What I love about working with children is that I get the privilege of witnessing the process and playing a large part in it.

At OOSH, if I'm not in the office answering parent enquiries, you'll find me at the art table drawing or painting something with the Juniors, in the mosh pit using our natural resources with a group of children or challenging a group to a dance-off on the x-box game "Just Dance"

Jemma Redman

Team Leader

Hey I'm Jemma and I've been working at OOSH since September 2017, so 3 years now! I also hold a degree in Nursing, specialising in paediatrics.

I love having the opportunity to work at South Coogee OOSH and form meaningful relationships with the children in the hope that I can make a positive impact on their lives. I also love how candid the children can be and watching their interactions with friends and the world around them.

At OOSH I like to mix it up between the Juniors and the Seniors, but you can usually find me outside in a big group game, floating about having a chat with the children or occasionally at my desk. 

Nicole Pickard

Educational Leader

Hey my name is Nicole and I have been working here for 3 years now. I hold a certificate IV in school age education and care, I'm currently doing my diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

I love working in childcare because there are so many fun activities happening each afternoon. They normally involve me being chased!

I believe children develop their skills during play based experiences and this is an important part of our program and centre philosophy.

At OOSH, you can find me hanging out with the seniors, attempting to play soccer or getting creative at the hama bead table.

River Steadman

Area Leader

Hello !

I am River Steadman, and I'm an Area Leader at South Coogee OOSH.

I have been working at the centre for about 7 years now and still enjoy the daily interactions with the amazing staff, children and families !

My main goal here is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for all, and to make a positive impact on a child's early development.

Usually, I'll be located wherever the soccer balls are being kicked !

Grace McCormick

Area Leader

I'm Grace and I've worked at OOSH since January 2016 - nearly 5 years !

I love working at OOSH for heaps of reasons but mostly because it's fun, challenging and rewarding at the same time. Being able to get to know the children and help them grow into themselves is the most fulfilling part of the job.

I'm hoping to go into developmental psychology or school counselling because of how much i enjoy working at OOSH and having the opportunity to guide and help children in a meaningful way.

At OOSH I float a lot between the Juniors and Seniors areas. Although, you'll almost always find me outside playing soccer with the children and other staff or doodling and chatting away at the drawing table.  

Dana Rutner

Area Leader

Hi, I'm Dana.

I've been working at OOSH for 2 and a half years now. I'm currently studying Journalism and Law. 

I love to travel and have had the pleasure of travelling to a few wonderful places.

I always try to make sure everyone is included and believe children learn through being silly and having fun. I'm a strong believer in "the power of play".

At OOSH, you'll find me busting out a move or two in a "Just Dance" competition or getting creative at the craft table.

Jalen Loye Cappelletti

Area Leader

Hey ! My name is Jalen. I've worked here at OOSH for just over a year and a half, both as an Educator and more recently, an Area Leader.

I am currently studying a degree in psychology which will hopefully land me a career in developmental therapy/psychology. 

I come from a large family full of younger siblings of all ages ! Working with children has always been second nature to me and I am so grateful to be able to continue that here at OOSH.

If you're ever in need of me, you will find me either in the yard playing soccer with the future Socceroo's or doing some type of crazy craft on the veranda... (usually it is the most messy ones!!!)

Paige Donnelly

Educator

Hello, my name is Paige and I have been working at OOSH for 5 years.

I love working with children because their imagination, creativity and endless energy ensures every day is an adventure. It's so rewarding to play even a small role in a service that supports children's happiness and wellbeing.

At OOSH, you'll find me at the craft table making a big mess with a group of children.

Issy Trevallion

Educator

I'm Issy and I've worked at OOSH for over 3 years now. I love providing a positive and safe environment for the children to come to and have fun every morning/afternoon. I find it so rewarding to have a job where I receive so many smiles, laughs and drawings !

At OOSH you'll probably find me outside playing an intense game of hide and seek.

Chrissy Flaskas

Educator / Head Chef

Hello, I'm Chrissy Flaskas and I've worked at OOSH for 3 years.

My qualifications include a certificate 3 in childcare.

For the most part, my greatest qualification is being patient and caring to our children. My philosophy is simple, I love being around the children, it's my happy place.

OOSH provides a sense of belonging for the children... its their happy place too.

You will find me mostly in the kitchen cooking and making sure our children have been fed.

Britney Money

Educator 

I have worked at OOSH for just over two years now. I love working at OOSH because I am able to get to know and understand all the children, as well as having fun with them and offering support when they need it.

At the moment, I spend most of my time in the kitchen cooking all the delicious and nutritious food we have planned for the children.  

Billie Hooper

Educator

My name is Billie Hooper and I have been working at South Coogee OOSH for 3 years. I have worked at OOSH while obtaining a Bachelor of Business which I'm due to complete at the end on this year !

I work with children because although we, as Educators are in the position to educate the children in our care and i I often find myself learning alot from them as well.

At OOSH you'll generally find me floating around different areas, most likely having a little chit-chat to a few children about how their day is going, in which funnily, their answer more often than not is simply "good"

Daniel Radomsky

Educator

My name is Daniel Radomsky but some of the children call me Stu (no relation).

I've worked at South Coogee OOSH for about a year and a half.

Working with children brings out the child in me and I have a lot of fun running games and engaging with them. Play is such an important part of a child's learning process and at SCOOSH we aim to incorporate a lot of learning  outcomes into our program and during free-play activities.

Often, you'll find me kicking a ball around, cracking jokes or making loud noises in the yard.


Alex Horne

Educator

My name is Alex and I've worked at OOSH for about 2 and a half years.

I work at OOSH because I attended South Coogee Public School and OOSH when I was going through school and loved my time there ! When the opportunity arose to apply for a job there I jumped at the chance !

Working with children is always a rewarding experience, and I enjoy spending time with them immensely. I especially love listening to their funny conversations, and seeing them use their imaginations to create the craziest games !

At OOSH, you'll find me making all different kinds of things at the craft table, or in the junior's yard participating in our community games.

Nick Horne

Educator

Name: Nick Horne

I've worked at South Coogee OOSH for over 2 years now.

My personal philosophy involves doing everything in my power to be a positive, fun, and friendly role model for the young children in our centre; and provide them with a safe and enjoyable environment in which they can confidently open themselves up to both the staff and other students. In doing this, I get the pleasure in witnessing the children grow and develop their own unique personalities, which we in turn can support and encourage further.

At OOSH, you'll most likely find me in both Seniors and Junior areas, participating in a staff vs students game of soccer or encouraging the imagination of the children to run wild by creating fun, fantastic worlds to play with out of the resources and toys we have at OOSH and within ourselves (funny voices, impressions, creating funny characters etc)

Blake Corry

Educator

My name is Blake and I have worked at OOSH for about a year and a half now.

I enjoy watching the children grow as they learn and gain experience through play and interacting with each other. 

At OOSH, you will find me either playing UNO with the early birds in the morning, or winning against the seniors in basketball knockout !

Ruby Newman

Educator

My name is Ruby Newman and I have been working at OOSH for 18 months. I feel so happy and lucky to work at South Coogee OOSH because children have so much to teach us and offer to the world. I love being able to both influence them to be better people and witness their incredible creativity, playfulness, warmth and intelligence.

At OOSH, you'll generally find me in the garden with muddy hands, either making obstacle courses with the children or chasing them around asking them to stop pulling out the veggies and saying "they're not ready yet!!!" 


Hattie Bidwell

Educator

I'm Hattie, 

I started at OOSH a couple of months ago and over my short time here I have been inspired by how creatively the kids look at the world around us !

I am gradually learning the ins-and -outs of how everything runs at the centre, and enjoy everything about it!  

I love hanging out in the mosh pit with the Juniors making hide outs under the fig tree, or buying chocolate mud cakes from the mud kitchen shop window.

Jasmine Zissimatos

Educator

I'm Jasmine and I've worked at OOSH for just over a year now.

I love working with children, especially the younger ones because I love their sense of curiosity and desire to discover.

At OOSH, you'll find me at the Juniors' craft table with all the mini artists.

Ava Fitzsimons 

Educator

Hi, I'm Ava !

After completing the HSC in 2018 I worked at a Kids Camp in Canada, and commenced OOSH in October 2019. 

Being a creative person, I enjoy encouraging the children to explore their talents through arts and crafts activities. I believe that every child is different , and helping children  discover their strengths and personalities is the most rewarding part of the job.

Annie Kilbane 

Educator

My name is Annie Kilbane and I've been working at South Coogee Oosh as an educator for just under a year!

I have a degree in Primary Education from UTS. I balance my time at OOSH with casual teaching at local schools in the eastern suburbs area! I love working with children and am proud to be a part of the South Coogee OOSH community.

At OOSH you'll usually find me beating the senior boys at handball, supervising hama beads or playing soccer in the yard!