The elite support team are experts in supporting family day care educators through respectful and reciprocal relationships. Our team is skilled in supporting families to ensure they receive the education and care they expect. 

Elite Family Day Care is committed to supporting elite educators to build and maintain successful businesses through the process of quality improvement. Elite Business Development Managers work with elite educators to establish shared business goals to ensure the ongoing provision of quality education and care services to the Western Australian community. Elite provides ongoing professional development opportunities including exclusive conferences and workshops, specialised training plans. Find out more about the Elite support team below.


Approved Provider & General Manager

e: sonya@elitedfc.com.au

Hello Im the Approved Provider and owner/ operator of Elite Family Day Care, With over 28 years’ experience in FDC. I have undertaken many roles throughout my career in the industry from a teenager growing up in a FDC home, to establishing my own business as an FDC educator, to now owning elite and supporting FDC educators throughout WA.

One of our strongest values at Elite include respectful and reciprocal relationships. This underpins my practice and I ensure all business decisions are considered from both the view points of educators operating in their home and the legislative requirements in operating a service.

My qualifications include an Advanced Diploma in Children's Services. Additionally, I have completed courses in education (teaching) hospitality, nutrition, business and franchising.

Elite Family Day Care children playing with dough in childcare environment


Educational Leader & Nominated Supervisor

e: jenna@elitefdc.com.au  or m: 0407 955 089

I have worked in the childcare sector for 10 years now, with experience in long day care centers, Nanning, OSCH and 5 years in Family Day Care. I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services and are currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Teaching - Early Childhood. Currently I also hold the position of secretary of the Educational Leaders Association and thoroughly enjoy my role of leading the design and implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework.

Leading and mentoring educators is a passion of mine, as I believe this creates wonderful respectful and reciprocal relationships between the service, educators, families’ and staff.

Once introduced to Family Day Care I fell in love! Having quality education in a calm, nurturing and homely environment felt so right for me. I was very lucky to use this opportunity to run my own service when my children were small, before joining the management team again. My passion for Family Day Care comes from seeing the benefits it brings not only children but families as a whole.

Diagram of how Elite Family Day Care works including educators, families and Elite as facilitators
Diagram of how Elite Family Day Care works including educators, families and Elite as facilitators


Client Experience, Community Relationships Officer & Nominated Supervisor

aka have a chat officer.

e: janet@elitechildcare.com.au or m: 0409 665 197

I have been with Elite for 3.5 years now, after being in long day care for 12 years, Mobile child care in the Wheatbelt for 3 and a FDC Educator for 5 prior to that.

I have an Associate Degree in Children Services and have worked in the Industry for around 25 Years.

I thoroughly enjoy my role, initially as a Business Development Manager and now in the office doing very varied tasks. My Job is to support our team, Fill in where required and lots of tasks in between. My Interest and emerging passion is trauma informed practice and teaching children protective behaviours.

I also work Casually with ST John as a First Aid Trainer (18 years) teaching mainly the HLTAID004 Education and Care setting First Aid Package.

I love the fact we have such dynamic staff and educators who bring with them a world of experience and teaching. I love learning from others as learning is a 2 way street, we all have something to contribute and life is a learning curve with everything we do and experience. I love the passion and joy children bring to our worlds.

Emma Kirk 


aka a champion.

My name is Emma and I have been working in the education sector for over 10 years. I hold a Bachelor of Education (Primary) as well as a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Throughout my career I have worked as an Educational Assistant, Nanny, Primary School Teacher, and as a Family Day Care Educator. I have enjoyed all my educational roles, but working in family day care has been the high point so far.
A happy child that feels safe and secure in their environment will feel more confident to explore and try new experiences, I believe family daycare day care does this well.
I am passionate about educating children and helping to provide a safe and enriching environment for them to thrive in.

Diagram of how Elite Family Day Care works including educators, families and Elite as facilitators


family day care Business Development Manager

aka a champion.

e: jac@elitechildcare.com.au  or m: 0437 835 001

I completed my Certificate III in childcare and then went on to complete my Diploma in Children’s services while working in a Long Day Care service. I then discovered Family Day Care and opened my own business, 

I thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years as an educator. For me personally I love that Family Day Care allows children to develop their unique individual interests naturally in a family environment, while allowing them to be part of the planning process in how they might like to spend their day. It gives educators the opportunity to spend quality time with each child, encouraging and allowing them to develop at their own pace.

Since taking on the Business Development role, I really enjoy mentoring educators and ensuring the best quality outcomes for children.

Wooden natural playhouse at an Elite Family Day Care educator house
Wooden natural playhouse at an Elite Family Day Care educator house


family day care Business Development Manager

aka the champion.

e: whitney@elitechildcare.com.au  or m: 0437 810 987

My name is Whitney and I have worked in education for over 10 years. I hold a diploma in children’s services and have experience working in long day care, nannying, oshc services along with disability support for young children.

Early years education is a passion of mine, as I believe it is the foundation for life. I feel the home away from home environment allows children to reach their full potential. Giving children the freedom to explore their individual interests in a safe, natural family environment.

I enjoy building relationships and mentoring educators and families with a focus on providing a quality and inclusive service, where all families feel supported and welcomed. My passion for family day care comes from my own time as a child in a family day care setting. 

Diagram of how Elite Family Day Care works including educators, families and Elite as facilitators

LECHELLE BARRADEEN - Child care subsidy manager

aka accountability kahuna.

e: lechelle@elitechildcare.com.au or ph: 1300 796 399

I'm Lechelle and based in the Albany Office, my role is Office Support & Processing Coordinator. I have been with Elite (formerly LGSFDC) for 12 years. I was an Educator myself from July 2007 through to December 2008, when I made the decision to close my service. I was then offered a position alongside Sonya in the office. I have been in my role here at the office for 10.5 years and counting! My role includes nearly anything and everything to do with Child Care Subsidy and Compliance.

I thoroughly enjoy being part of the Elite team and watching it grow; from just 11 Educators when I started to now 80 plus!!

Wooden natural playhouse at an Elite Family Day Care educator house


Accounts manager

aka Chief bean counter.

e: accounts@elitechildcare.com.au

I have been working for Elite since April 2014 from the Albany office. My background being in accounting and general administration. I have achieved my Certificate III in Business Administration, heavily focused on accounting.

My current role is as the parent payment coordinator and accounts payable and receivable. This requires me to reconcile every bank account, credit card and prepaid card each month. I also handle

all records and accounts for our Business Development Managers and from time to time debt collection lodgements with our debt collector for unpaid fees.

As you can see I’m quite the busy bee!!! I'm also very much a facts person, due to the requirements of my role.

I have had no previous experience with day care except as a parent that preferred family day care over long day care centres. I could foresee see my child being lost in the system and preferred the homeliness of family day care for my own children.


Documents Manager

aka paper plane maker.

More information to come.

Wooden natural playhouse at an Elite Family Day Care educator house


Reception & Administration Assistant

aka the doer.

More information to come.

Diagram of how Elite Family Day Care works including educators, families and Elite as facilitators

Become an elite family day care educator

From Perth to the Pilbara Regions, Elite Family Day Care Educators are located in most areas across Western Australia. But we are always looking for more!