Meet the team

Ricci Powell – Kindergarten teacher

I am Ricci, a fully qualified Early Childhood Teacher, holding both a four-year Bachelor of Education (Primary) qualification and also a Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching. I have my full VIT registration in both Early Childhood and Primary Teaching.

After graduating from University, I moved to Manchester in the UK and worked as a relief teacher in a large variety of culturally diverse schools in the Nursery (age 3-4) and Reception (age 4-5) classrooms. After coming back to Melbourne I joined Jumbo and now live in the CBD. I regularly take the train down to Geelong to visit my parents and snuggle my pup, Oscar! I love hanging out with my family and friends, walking my pup along the beach and on Monday nights I get my groove on Swing Dancing in Brunswick! I love a good adventure but at the end of the day my family and friends mean the world to me and it’s great to be able to hang out with them again and share some laughs!

Tahnaya O’Malley – Toddlers room leader

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.

Jen Singh – Nursery room leader

My name is Jen, I’ve been in the childcare industry for about 4 years and loving it! I come from a Filipino and Indian background and I’m also a mother myself.  I’ve completed my Diploma of Early Education and looking to gain more qualifications in the future. One thing I love about being a room leader in the Nursery is watching and helping the babies grow to reach their milestones. When sharing this with the parents we all share the same excitement and I feel like their baby is my baby too! This is what I love most – how close my relationship is with not only the babies but also the parents. During my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, watching Netflix and dining out!