Meet the team

Tahnaya – Acting Director & Educator

My name’s Tahnaya and I’ve been in the early childhood education field for almost 10 years. I’ve spent time in Long Day care centres, overseeing other educators’ programs as a field officer for Family Day Care and I’ve taught both the Certificate & Diploma qualifications for child care. In my role at Jumbo, I love to support the toddlers in their growing independence skills and all sides of their physical and cognitive development.

I also love spending time in the office, alongside Kirsty, learning and implementing the administration side of things. At home, my husband and I have 11 nieces and nephews between which makes for huge family gatherings! We have an American Bulldog named Luna and a cat named Molly. Molly and Luna are like our babies and are very spoilt! In my spare time I like to spend time with family and get out to the bush to do some camping and 4WD.

Yuping – Responsible Person

I graduated from the Diploma of Childcare Education at the Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE in 1995. Then began working at the City of Whitehorse Council Elland child care centre for two years and later at the Richmond Multicultural Children Centre as a room leader for almost 19 years. In March 2017, I started working at Jumbo.

I like working at Jumbo because of the very nice environment and all the friendly staff. Our management team are especially kind to the staff, the children and their parents. I think this is very important, because when you are in a good mood at work, you do your job better. I have a grand daughter who is 4 months old and I enjoy spending time looking after her on weekends. I also love painting and cooking. Of course, my favourite thing to watch are Chinese TV drama series.

Neha – Educator / Room Leader

I started my career in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2015. I hold a Certificate 3 and Diploma of Early Childhood Education. I enjoy working here at Jumbo Early Education center and am now the room leader in the nursery.  I enjoy the critical reflection planning cycle and developing our room curriculum. Having a daughter of my own, I am always looking for ways to improve my knowledge regarding child development and how I can best support an enriched learning environment with lots of opportunities for the nursery children to learn, grow and develop too.

It’s always been a passion of mine to work with children, knowing that I can make a difference in their lives. I enjoy developing connections with the children, their families and the local community and understand that learning is a lifelong journey. That’s why I believe in ‘let kids lead the way, we are here to support and teach them skills to inquire and love to learn about things they are interested in’.

Tching – In-House Chef

I come from East Timor and have been living I Australia since the 1990s. I have two sons that are all grown up and looking after themselves! Previously I worked in the Multicultural Children’s Centre in Richmond with Yuping. Yuping encouraged me to come and work with her here at Jumbo.

I enjoy working at Jumbo both in the rooms directly with the children and preparing scrumptious meals in the kitchen. I am very happy in the Jumbo environment as the educators and management give us space and agency to be creative and self-driven.

Rachael – Kindergarten Teacher

I was born in Maryland, USA and arrived to Australia in 2017 after living in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and most recently the UK. I received my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood at RMIT in 2018. I have my Master’s in Primary Education and have moved to being a fully registered teacher.

I have worked with children as a nanny, caregiver, event planner, co-teacher, and toddler group leader. I have run after school programs in both music and art from kinder-primary and teaching the music program at Jumbo has been one of the most fun and rewarding experiences I have known. I believe as educators we do not just shape young minds but that we co-create irreplaceable ideas and learning together that contributes to our world for the better. What an honour it is to grow and learn together!

Joan – Kindergarten Teacher

My name’s Joan and I’ve completed my Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Masters in Teaching. I have recently transitioned to a be a fully registered teacher. I also have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Media Communication. My goal in early childhood education is to develop the necessary skill sets to work in the field of special needs education and eventually become a paediatric psychologist.

Being able to provide assistance to the youngest babies of the Jumbo family has been nothing but amazing and fulfilling; watching them achieve their growth and developmental milestones through interactive play and activities makes it all worth it. A child’s world is pristine in each and every moment and I look forward to learning from them everyday at Jumbo.

Always up to discover delectable brunch places and quiet beaches during my free time!

Tessa – Educator

I am currently working towards my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Since starting at Jumbo in early 2021 I have developed a strong passion for working with children, especially the babies. I aim to provide all the children I interact with every day with the kindness and love that share with me, I love spending my days with them. 

When I am not working I spend most my time playing and cuddling with my dogs, I also enjoy using my spare time to read, paint, play my guitar or go out and watch a movie.

Therese – Educator

My passion in working with children is mostly because of the influence of my family. My parents and my siblings are all educators and I always wanted to follow in their footsteps and become an educator as well. I originally came from the Philippines and I decided to pursue my dream here in Australia. I finished my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and I am now working towards my Diploma. I absolutely love working at Jumbo. I am at my best when I am with the children. Being at Jumbo and working with different age groups gives me motivation to become a better person everyday. I believe that children imitate behaviour and being their educator, I should be a positive role model for them. To be part of a child’s development and watch them grow is what I love in this industry.

Chiho – Eductator

My name is Chiho and I joined the Jumbo family in December 2020 after finishing my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care. I am now furthering my skills and working towards my Diploma of Early Childhood Education & Care. I have found working with children completes me as a person.

As a mum of two boys (one of which recently graduated from Jumbo and another one is still enjoying life at Jumbo) I understand the challenges and emotions we face while raising children. I strongly believe that a child should have a healthy and nurtured environment where they can learn and explore from the world around them.

On my days off I enjoy spending time with my boys doing wall climbing, swimming, scooting and bike riding. A good work and famIly balance is something very important to me.

Vyen – Educator

I was born in Malaysia and being raised in a multicultural country gave me a lot of inspiration and knowledge about how people from different backgrounds use education to raise and support young children. I have completed my Certificate 3 and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia and have been working with children from the age range of 0-6 years old since 2019, including teaching music too.

I love to share my music passion with children and encourage them to use their creativity to create sounds, rhythms or even create their own lyrics while singing to express their feelings and emotions. I’m so glad that I have came across such wonderful team in Jumbo who are passionate and dedicated to educate the young ones, and practice diversity and share a variety of values such as kind, loving, caring, positive, creative and respectful to each other, the children and their families.

Yuka – Educator

My name is Yuka. I am from central Japan and I have been here in Australia for over 3 years. I have recently completed my Diploma in Early childhood education and started my career with Jumbo in 2021.

I had been coaching basketball for children aged 4 to 12 years old since I graduated high school in Japan until I came here. It was a part of my volunteer work and I really enjoyed it. It must have been one of the reasons why I decided to study early childhood education.

I like to support children’s self-care skills in their daily life and I am always glad to see their development. I like cooking and baking, especially Japanese food and sweets. I would like to cook Japanese food with children someday.

Cilla – In-House Chef

Hi, my name is Cilla. I share chef duties here at Jumbo with Tching. Given my Italian background I love cooking and every year my family and I cook up a storm over many days preparing and jarring up our family’s secret recipe for red sauce (passata) and making our salamis. Apart from my love of cooking pasta dishes, I love creating desserts and cakes for afternoon teas. I feel great satisfaction when the plates comes back to the kitchen clean after meal times! The toddlers and kinder children always stop by for a chat at the kitchen window keeping me on my toes with requests for pieces for fruit and meal requests.