ELITE FAMILY DAY CARE SUPPORT
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
Hello I'm 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.
After deciding to make a career change in 2009, I fell in love with the childcare sector. I worked my way through the various types of childcare, experiencing long day care (LDC), Nannying and OSHC before settling in family day care (FDC). I hold a Diploma in Children’s Services and spent 2.5 years as secretary of the educational leader’s association. I thoroughly enjoy my role of leading and mentoring the design and implementation of the Early Years Learning Framework.
Working collaboratively with educators to upskill their professional development, whilst assisting families in their transitions is a passion of mine, as I believe this creates authentic respectful and reciprocal relationships between all stakeholders.
After being a FDC educator myself I relate to the complexities, responsibilities and achievements of such a role. I believe quality education in a calm, nurturing and homely environment provides children with the best start to their formal learning journey. My passion for FDC comes from seeing the benefits it brings not only children but to the family as a whole.
LECHELLE BARRADEEN - CHILD CARE SUBSIDY MANAGER
aka accountability kahuna.
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!!
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 my child being lost in the system and preferred the homeliness of family day care for my own children.
aka the paper plan maker.
I am the Documents Manager and I know it sounds crazy, but I love compliance and paperwork! I am honoured to assist all our wonderful Educators to ensure documentation is up to date and accounted for so they can go on providing the loving, professional early education and care they do.
I have had the privilege of working in Early Education and Care for the past 20 years in both Long Day Care and After School / Vacation Care. Starting off as a trainee carer, I worked my way up to Coordinator, Management and Educational Leader roles. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services. Over my time I have seen so many children who I felt would have really benefited from the home like, calmer environment that Family Day Care provides and so making the move to Elite seemed like to natural progression for me. I am also a mother and understand firsthand the importance of feeling safe and secure with who I leave my precious child with.
aka the middle (wo)man
I am Parent Liaison aka The Middle(wo)man, and my job is to guide and support parents as they prepare to send their children off to Family Day Care.
I have been in the childcare industry for almost 10 years, spending the largest chunk (7 years) as an Educator and Assistant Co-Ordinator in a long daycare service. Over this time I have seen a lot of positive changes in the industry, most notably the inclusion of the EYLF and National Qualify Framework.
I have dipped my toes in lots of different careers, Retail, IT, Accounting, Customer Service, but Early Childhood Education is where my heart is. I thrive on building relationships, and helping people, and if I get to have a play, that's even better!
I made the move from Educator into the office after I had my first child, and I'm absolutely loving it. It feels like home here at Elite Family Day Care.
Outside of Elite, you would find me in the garden, or in the kitchen baking (to the benefit of the girls in the office)!
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!