Staff and Management

Without doubt, our staff are the backbone of Neighborhood House. Educators want to work here because of our excellent reputation and our reputation is because of our Educators. Testament to this is the number of staff members eligible for long service leave, those who are recognised for years of dedicated and committed care and the low staff turnover. We look after our staff so they stick around long enough to educate and care for your children from whatever stage they start until they head off to primary school.

Our staff are qualified over and above minimum requirements. They have knowledge of both emotional and developmental needs of our children. Our Staff/Child ratios exceed Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Regulations. Through in service workshops we continuously extend their skills. You will surely get a sense of their nurturing, sensitive and caring natures when you visit us.

Staff Profiles

 Kate Hall. Director (Commenced May 1983) Kate has been the Director of Neighborhood House since May 1983. Kate is passionate about the Early Childhood Education Industry and constantly aims to raise the bench mark in delivering outstanding outcomes for young children and Educators under her guidance. In this time Kate has overseen the relocation of the Centre from Bridport St to Carter St and the expansion and renovations in 1995, 2002 and again in 2012.

Kate has two children, Sarah and Ben who are both young adults now.

Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist 2005.

In 2012 Kate was awarded an "Outstanding Educator Award" and an "Advancing Practice Award" from Early Childhood & Education & Care Awards.

Qualifications – Diploma of Applied Science (Children’s Services). Diploma of Business. Occupational Health & Safety Supervisor.


Zhi-Rong Wu. Educator - Early Learners Wing (Commenced February 1995) Zhi-Rong (pronounced Gee-rong) has worked with all age ranges however in recent years has excelled in her commitment and dedication in the Early Learners Wing. Her attention to detail is one of her greatest strengths. Zhi-Rong enjoys sport and music activities in her spare time, and loves reading when she has time to relax. She speaks Mandarin and Cantonese.

Qualifications – Certificate III in Children Services.


Niti Shah - Reliever in all Rooms (Commenced July 2008)

(Niti is currently on maternity leave)

Niti and her husband moved from India where Niti had experience working as a teacher. Niti’s warm and friendly nature has earn’t her the respect and friendship of many children and families.  In 2015 Niti was appointed as the Team Leader in the Early Learners Wing prior to this role. Niti has worked extensively in both the Early Learners and Kindergarten Rooms and in July 2015 some new opportunities arised for some of our Educators and Niti was able to return to her role of working with all children across the rooms which is a great strength of Niti's.  Niti is also responsible for our most popular Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program at Neighborhood House.

Qualifications – Bachelor of Education (India). Bachelor of Arts (India)




Margaret Becela - Educator - Early Learners Wing (Commenced June 2015) Margaret joined our team having gained extensive experience as a nanny for several families in Paris for 15 years.  Since coming back to Melbourne in early 2014 with her family, Margaret has completed her Certificate III in Childrens Services and has been working in a wide range of Centres as a casual reliever.  Margaret is a mature and enthusiastic Educator who is passionate about offering high quality care and education for young children. Margaret is the co-ordinator of our ever popular French Program and ensures that French is a part of the children's everyday life. In her spare time Margaret enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Qualifications - Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care


Fathima Zareen - Preschool Educator (Commenced November 2015)

(Fathima is currently on maternity leave)

Fathima joins the Neighborhood House family with a wealth of experience and dedication.  Fathima has worked extensively in the Northern Territory and is mature, creative, enthusiastic and sensitive to children's individual needs.  We are delighted to have Fathima as part of our team and look forward to benefitting from her many fine talents.  Fathima enjoys practicing yoga in her spare time.

Qualifications - Diploma in Children's Services, currently working towards a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education.





 Camilla Clunas - Team Leader - Early Learners Wing (Commenced June 2016) Camilla joined Neighborhood House as a casual employee and within 3 months earnt her position as a permanent and valuable member of our professional team.  Camilla has had extensive experience in Early Years Education as well as having been a ski instructor overseas she is multilingual and speaks fluent Norwegian, German and Swedish as well as English.  Camilla was promoted to the Early Learner leadershi position in October 2018 since which time she has overseen the Educational Program and routines with outstanding dedication and professionalism. In her spare time Camilla enjoys languages, cross-country skiing, cycling, hiking, camping and adventure travel.

Qualifications - Diploma of Children's Services.  Currently working towards a Bachelor in Early Years Education


 Claudia Losada - Part-time relieving Educator (Commenced August 2016) Claudia began her journey at Neighborhood House as a student on placement while completing her Diploma during which time she displayed a huge degree of professionalism and maturity. On completion of her studies Claudia joined our team on a part-time basis to relieve in all rooms. Claudia has first hand experience with Preschool children as she has a young son Santi who is 6 years old.

Qualifications - Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care



Samantha Williams - Teacher in charge of the Preschool Room & Individual Needs Support Co-ordinator (Commenced April 2017) Sam joined our team just after she relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand where she gained a wealth of experience in Early Years Education and Training. Sam shares our professional goal of raising the benchmark in Early Years Education and has studied developmental psychology to enhance her skills and experience so she can have a genuine input into the planning and programming for each and every child. Sam displays maturity, enthusiasm, extensive knowledge and a desire to enrich children's learning.

Qualifications - Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Teaching, Honours of Social Science, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment




Wilbert Romulo - Centre Chef (Commenced June 2017) Wilbert relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand just prior to commencing at Neighborhood House where he had gained 17 years' experience as a chef across a range of different sectors including flight catering, hospital catering and Pre-school catering.  Wilbert's previous role included catering for 140 children each day including those with a range of allergies, food preferences and religious dietary requirements.  Wilbert has an impeccable reputation that includes his great work ethic, strong attention to detail and superb ability to prepare nutritious and popular meals for children.

Qualifications - Food Services Course, Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3




 Matilda See - Kindergarten Room Educator(Commenced October 2017) Matilda joined our team as Erin's understudy until July 2018 at which time Matilda will then become the Team Leader of the Early Learners Wing.  Matilda has had two years' experience within a private Bayside Centre where she worked with all age groups and where at times was acting Room Leader in the Room Leader's absence.  Matilda is friendly, mature and enthusiastic and has a personal philosophy that aligns well with our Centre philosophy and beliefs at Neighborhood House.

Qualifications - Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care





Eimear O'Hanlon - Team Leader - 3 Year Old Kindergarten Room (Commenced August 2018) Eimear joined our team with extensive experience in a range of different age groups and settings.  Eimear has worked in Early Years centres and schools in Ireland and Melbourne and has experience and knowledge of working with children with individual needs.  Her personal philosophy of high quality play based education focusing on children's individual interests aligns closely with Neighborhood House's philosophy.  We are delighted to have Eimear as part of our teaching team.

Qualifications: Bachelor - Early Childhood Studies (Ireland) 




 Aana Rogers - Preschool Room Educator (Commenced September 2018) Aana joined our professional team as an Educator soon after she relocated to Melbourne from New Zealand.  Aana has had 5 years of extensive experience both in New Zealand and Hong Kong as a Teacher and prior to that as an Aquatics Operator.  Aana displays a positive, patient and flexible teaching style and thrives when working in a team and has advanced skills in communication and time management.  Aana is a valued member of the Neighbhorhood House family.

Qualifications: Early Childhood Education and Care Level 5 (New Zealand) 





Nicole Chen -  Educator in Kindergarten Room (Commenced September 2018) Nicole joined our professional team as a new graduate from Melbourne University.  Nicole has gained experience by completing 4 extensive placements as a student teacher and is focused on gaining future experience by being part of a high performing team while being surrounded by capable and professional peers.  We look forward to watching Nicole grow into her role as a fine Early Years Teacher.

Qualifications:  Masters in Teaching : Early Childhood 





Nhien Nguyen - In-house Relieving Educator (Commenced March 2019) Nhien joined our team with four years experience in Early Years settings including both Montessori and Reggio Emilia centres.  Nhien's greatest strength is her interactions with children and her caring and nurturing nature.  Nhien has a particular interest in project work with young children.

Qualifications: Certificate III in Children's Services; Diploma in Early Education and Care






Lynette Tah - Educational Leader (Commenced April 2019) Lynette joined our team as the Educational Leader after 5 years of experience at another Early Years service in Sydney.  Lynette is equipped with pedagogical leadership to create commonly accepted values and share vision for the teams in which she works within.  Lynette's greatest strengths are her conscientious, high level of initiative and reliability.

Qualifications: Master of Teaching (Early Childhood)







 Rena Peng - Teacher in Early Learners Wing (Commenced January 2012) Rena is a very popular and valuable member of our team who has the ability and flexibility to work with all age ranges and the various Educators within Neighborhood House.  In October 2015 Rena began maternity leave and in December she and her husband Jimmy welcomed their little son Jason to their family.  Rena returned to Neighborhood House in early September 2016 to regain her position of Teacher.  Rena works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Qualifications: Double Degree: Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of English Education Harbin University - China.  Master Degree: Master of Teaching (Primary) - Latrobe University; Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood Education - RMIT University