Management and Leadership
Licensee / Approved Provider
Robyn Briggs along with her family have owned and operated Prior Street Child Care & Development since 2007. Prior to this, they designed and built Tarragindi Child Care & Development (1993).
Robyn is a qualified teacher holding a Diploma of Education. She identified back in 1993 when opening her first centre the community’s need for high quality care and education in a long day care setting. Since then Robyn has been employing professional, qualified staff including teachers to implement the learning programs.
Robyn is very hands on in the operation of the centre, readily available to support the staff and families. She carefully selects staff who will uphold her philosophy about dedication to quality care and education in a well maintained and resourced, safe and hygienic environment.
Liz has completed an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and is currently studying a Bachelor of Education, has worked in various roles (from Assistant to Director) in early childhood education since 2003. She joined Prior Street Child Care & Development in 2009. She values working in child care and is committed to caring for and educating children in a creative, safe, welcoming and engaging environment. Liz recognises and values the importance of relationships with children by fostering respect, individual growth and development; all the while striving to ensure this is reflected in all aspects of our services to children and their families.
Angela first commenced working at Tarragindi Child Care & Development in 1995 as the kindergarten teacher. She moved to Carina Heights Child Care & Development in 1999 taking on the role as centre Director through until 2008, before moving to the role of Operations Manager.
She holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and a Bachelor of Education; is a Registered Teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers, as well as holding a Food Safety Supervisor qualification. Angela also holds a Certified Supervisor Certificate.
Angela’s role sees her visiting both our centres across the week to support management and staff in the HUGE task of operating a long day child care and development centre.
Human Resources Manager
Louise played a vital role in setting up and establishing Prior Street Child Care and Development, working hard to meet the opening date in January of 2007. She originally commenced work as the preschool teacher at our Tarragindi centre in 2000. December 2015 saw Louise stepping into her new role as Human Resources Manager.
Louise is a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers, holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education Studies. She has diverse education experience working in the Early Childhood sector as well as primary schools in Australia and the UK.
Louise’s role will see her visiting both our centres across her week. Her role is to support management and staff to maintain quality care and education.
Vanessa, who is a registered teacher with the Queensland College of Teachers is the Educational Leader and Kindergarten Teacher of Prior Street Child Care & Development. She joined the centre in 2010 first working with the 3 – 4 year olds before moving in 2012 to the Kindergarten room. Vanessa graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor in Creative Industries (Drama) from QUT. Following work at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex and with a law firm, she returned to study in 2009 when she went on to completed a Graduate Diploma in Education (Early Childhood).
Vanessa believes in the value of play and loves learning along with her children in the Emu Room. She loves their questions; how they see things; how they interact with each other; the different ways they learn; and their eagerness to explore and discover. As their teacher, she aims to support each child, whatever their needs are each week/day/moment, encouraging their passion for asking questions, learning new things, and approaching challenges with enthusiasm and confidence.
Vanessa’s work was instrumental in the centre being endorsed by Nature Play Queensland as a Bush Kindy.
Rebecca (Bec) has been working in the role of assistant educator since the centre’s opening in 2007. She holds a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services. Becs’ fun and energetic personality helps to create a positive atmosphere in the room as she supports and engages children through their play. She believes children need a fun and stimulating environment which supports their independence as they grow and learn during these very important early years. She also feels that developing trusting and respectful relationships with the children’s families ensures continuity of care between home and the centre – enabling her to help provide a program that promotes and supports the interests and needs of each individual child.
MaTe joined the Prior Street Child Care and Development team in 2016. MaTe enjoys supporting the children as they discover, create and explore their sense of being – she is the assistant educator in the Joey’s room each Monday and Tuesday.
Since moving from Venezuela in 2016, MaTe has studied hard and now holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. On Wednesday, Thursdays and Fridays you‘ll find MaTe cooking up delicious, nutritious meals in our kitchen.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, travelling, cooking and outings with friends.
Jane is the lead educator in the possums’ room. She holds a Diploma in Child Care & Education and has an ongoing commitment to professional development. Having worked in early childhood since 1996 Jane commenced working at Prior Street in 2012. She has experience working across all ages from birth to 5 years. Jane believes that children need a secure, respectful and nurturing environment. In the possums’ room Jane seeks to develop a sense of belonging for each family – establishing a ‘home away from home’ where children’s individual needs are provided for. Jane is a mother to five adult children and has nine grandchildren; she places a high value on the importance of family life and the formative years.
Vivian joined our centre in December 2015. Vivian graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor in Arts with Honors and post graduate diploma of education. She taught Chinese literature in high school from 1994 to 2006 in Hong Kong. After moving to Brisbane with her family, she completed a Certificate III and Diploma in Education (Early Childhood) . She has worked in child care since 2009. Vivian believes the children are entitled to a child care environment which is safe, healthy, happy and supports their development. Vivian believes all children are unique individuals with differing personalities, needs, wants, interests and levels of development and they learn in different ways and at different rates. Vivian likes to facilitate children’s learning by integrating individual needs into their daily programme. She respects the special relationship between children and their families and incorporates this perspective in all her interactions with children.
Vivian and her husband Samson have two boys. Vivian enjoys reading and bush walking at her leisure time.
Cindy joined Prior Street in 2008, this was 12 months after her early childhood career began. Previous to moving to the Koalas, Cindy worked as the assistant educator in the nursery since her commencement. She loves making all the parents and children feel welcome at the centre. She believes each child is unique and respects this individuality. Further, she believes all children deserve trust, respect, love, attention and care; and that they should feel happy and safe in the child care environment.
Suzi holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, has extensive experience working across all groups in a variety of early childhood settings. Suzi has been a part of the Prior Street team since the centre’s opening. Suzi believes that establishing trusting and caring relationships with the children and their families while providing a play based program in the Preschool Room enabled children to develop confident self-identities making the transition to school a positive experience. Suzi loves having the opportunity to work across all the age groups in the relief teacher position – being a part of the children’s journey through their very important early years of learning. Importantly, her role working throughout the centre provides continuity of care for children; engaging in meaningful interactions with them as she support children to make decisions and to see themselves as successful learners.
Sara who has worked at Prior Street since 2014 holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. She enjoys working in the wombats room, guiding and helping children as they experience play-based learning that is engaging and builds success for life. As many Colombians do, Sara grew up surrounded by children, and believes that the community as a whole plays an important role in children’s early years.
Bonnie who holds a Bachelor of Primary Education and a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, first joined us in 2018. Prior to her career in childcare, she worked as a Year 1 teacher for 2 years. Bonnie has always loved working with children, watching them explore and grow – her favourite part of working with children is watching them explore, question, play and develop their own sense of identity. In her spare time Bonnie enjoys taking on creative projects and exploring the outdoors.
Hannah (currently on leave) commenced at Prior Street doing relief work in 2012, she is now the lead educator in the Wombats. Hannah has a Diploma in Children’s Services and is currently studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education – upgrading her skills to further develop and improve everyday practises. Hannah believes in creating a program that supports and encourages all children’s learning and development. She loves spending any downtime at the beach, travelling and with family.
Emu's Room & Queensland Government Approved Kindergarten Program
Katie joined us in 2021, having already worked in child care for over 10 years. She holds a Bachelor of Education Studies, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education, a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services and a Certified Supervisor Certificate.
Katie has proven skills in understanding child development, using positive guidance and working in partnerships with families to ensure each child are supported to reach their individual developmental learning goals.
Katie is passionate about environmental education and has worked as an Environmental Sustainability Officer and developed policies and practices for early childhood services to follow, as she believes exploration and understanding of the natural world begins in early childhood and that it is important for children to learn to love their natural world, before being asked to heal it.
Kendall has worked in childcare since 2004 and joined Prior Street Child Care and Development in 2007 not long after the centre opened. While now working in an administration support role, Kendall holds a Diploma in Children’s Services. She believes that providing children with a safe secure and enjoyable environment, rich with a variety of experiences and resources, will allow children to develop and grow confidently. Kendall believes that by working as a team, valuing and respecting each other’s opinions and providing a happy, nurturing and safe environment this will provide high quality care for all children.
Caroline has had ties to our organisation since 2013 when she previously worked at our associated centre, Tarragindi Child Care and Development. Following a two-year break, she re-joined us via Prior Street in 2020.
Over the years she has gained administration and customer service skills working for a major UK bank and has also been a Flight Attendant, which is how she met her Australian husband.
Caroline is a fan of the Brisbane Lions, enjoys walking, pilates and going to the gym – when not running around after her two teenage boys. You will see Caroline in the office assisting Liz with all aspects of the centres’ administration.
Abigail joined Prior Street Child Care & Development in 2019. Since completing a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood and Care in 2017 she has gained experience working with children of various ages. She enjoys helping children of all ages learn and grow. Abi is currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work.
Hiromi, who joined Prior Street in 2019 was born and raised in Japan. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care, she came to Australia in 2002 to study. Prior to early childhood study and work, Hiromi worked in international student education industry.Hiromi feels very fortunate to be part of the dedicated team at PSCCD. She endeavours to assist children to become confident individuals with high self esteem by creating a welcoming and supportive environment for them to learn and explore.
Tomomi gained a Certificate 3 in Children’s Services in 2018, she has experience working with children from birth to kindergarten. Tomomi, who is from Japan, loves teaching origami and sharing other cultural activities. Tomomi commenced working at Prior Street in 2019.
Lina is new to our support team. We will tell you all about Lina soon.
Akiyo, who works between both our centres (Prior Street Child Care and Development & Tarragindi Child Care and Development) joined us in 2021. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary.
Akiyo, believes it is important for all children to become confident and involved learners, who grow and develop in their own time. She is flexible and supportive, providing children with reflective, open-ended play-based experiences, which foster a sense of belonging, being and becoming. Akiyo is passionate about sustainable practises and really enjoy nature and respect animals.
Jilly is new to our support team. We will tell you all about Jilly soon.
MaTe Each Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, you will find MaTe working in our kitchen as the Food Safety Supervisor. She has completed a Food Safety Supervisor’s course and is passionate about using fresh produce and ingredients when creating exciting, nutritious meals.
MaTe joined the Prior Street Child Care and Development team in 2016, and when she’s not in the kitchen, you’ll find her enjoying her days as the assistant educator in the Joey room.
In her spare time she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, travelling, cooking and outings with friends
Young who recently completed a Kitchen Operation 2 course joined Prior Street in 2020. She is certainly a ‘foodie’, so much so she named her daughter after a very well known chef (Nigella).
Young has attended numerous cooking classes in Thailand and Vietnam, and has worked at various Japanese and Korean restaurants and cafes. She loves cooking, is passionate about different styles of cooking and has a substantial library of cook books. She also loves experimenting and creating new recipes
Young strongly believes that providing nutritious meals to growing children is important and is very excited to be cooking meals for the Prior Street children.
Prior Street Child Care & Development
14 Prior Street Tarragindi QLD 4121
Prior Street Child Care & Development is located in Brisbane’s South.
The centre is close to bus routes / stops.
From the North, take the Marshall Rd exit on the South East Freeway.
From the South, take the Gaza Rd exit on the South East Freeway.