With Great Qualifications
Come Great Opportunities

Education enables personal and professional development. 

It is a gateway to opportunity.

This is our story of a commitment to that opportunity.

Since opening the college in 2013, KKTC (RTO 40636) has quickly grown to be a market leader in Early Childhood Education and Care training in Australia. 

Our origins in owning and operating early learning centres in Queensland and New South Wales has been the perfect backdrop to launching the training college. 

We know the enormous responsibility that comes with ‘educating educators’. 

Getting better every day is our commitment to pursuing excellence in training, and we now train for some of the biggest centre groups, along with many small to medium providers in QLD, NSW and Victoria.

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Specialists in Early Childhood Education and Care

Unlike other colleges that offer many vocational courses, we are niche and only deliver the two qualifications:

By remaining committed to specialising in Early Childhood Education and Care, and having owned and operated childcare centres to the highest standard of service delivery for many years, we believe we have a unique offering in the training market.

Values Based Organisation

Creating and believing in a set of core values is instrumental in any successful organisation and since our inception we have ‘lived and breathed’ the 5 core values listed below.

  1. Quality
  2. Professionalism 
  3. Team 
  4. Trust
  5. WOW!

For our college, these 5 core values are our ‘guideposts’ and help us make decisions that are aligned with being the best we can be. 

We never deviate from our students being at the centre of every decision as ultimately we only exist for them. 

We treat every single one of our students as an individual and we care about their progress as educators but also we want the training experience to be one that enhances their life.

Our People

We have an experienced team, and experience matters in Early Childhood Education and Care.

Our leadership team have been with the college for many years and work exclusively on delivering a better training experience for our students every day.

Our Trainers and Assessors are all from the Early Childhood sector with senior roles as Directors, Area Managers and/or Educational Leaders prior to embarking on a career as Trainers and Assessors.

 

Bruce Coulson

CEO

Experience

Bruce is a passionate childcare industry professional, opening the first Kool Kids Early Learning Centre in 2004. After successfully building a network of centres on the Gold Coast and Northern NSW, Bruce believed that the sector could do better in its training and started Kool Kids Training College in 2012. Bruce has a motto of ‘not being the biggest, but being the best’ and has a sharp focus on quality and continual improvement in both centres and training. He sees the role of the training college to build a better generation of educators. Bruce says “We know the sector. We want to support educators by delivering the best training on the market. One where the educator is inspired to make a difference in the lives of children.”

In 2023, Bruce will oversee the opening of an Australia first project joint venture with the AFL Gold Coast Suns – a 200 licenced place centre with Autism QLD being headquartered at the new Gold Coast SUNS and Kool Beanz Academy next door to the $142m Metricon Stadium.

 

Sam Hendry

College Manager

Experience

Sam commenced with the training college at the start of 2014 and is responsible for the overall operations and strategic direction of KKTC. Upon commencement, Sam’s first action was to collaboratively create the core values of the company and then set about taking the company from a paper based RTO to the Cloud. This transformation has been instrumental in growing the company enrolments by over 2500%. The college now trains throughout QLD, NSW and Victoria and has built up a talented team of professional trainers and compliance experts. Today, KKTC is a market leader supporting some of Australia’s leading centre groups and is the exclusive training provider for the Australian Childcare Alliance NSW.

Sam is passionate about the student journey and ensuring every interaction with the college is an exceptional one. Prior to joining KKTC, Sam held leadership positions with some of the world’s largest technology companies after earlier holding political advisory roles notably as Chief of Staff to the Lord Mayor of Melbourne during a time of growth and change in that City.
Sam has a Bachelor of Business (RMIT) and Grad Cert in Management (Deakin).

 

Adam Murphy

Head of Compliance and Operations

Experience

Adam joined KKTC in June 2017 as Head of Compliance and Student Services.

The role is all encompassing, leading a team of dedicated trainers and ensuring the college meets its training obligations.

Adam has an extensive background in roles such as Operational Management, Project Management, Compliance, Training and Development and Business Development.

He has been in the RTO sector for 10+ years and has held leadership positions during this time.

He has Advanced Diplomas in Leadership and Management, Human Resources, Management, Business and Certificate IV TAE 40110.

 

Amy Conrad

Queensland Training Quality & Process Coordinator

Experience

Amy was born and raised in Zimbabwe. She attended university in Denver, Colorado and lived in London for two years before relocating again – this time to Australia, where she has made the Gold Coast her home.

Growing up, Amy saw her parents deeply involved in the education sector; dedicating their passion into lifelong careers. Amy shares her family’s love for education, teaching and training. Amy holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Fostering individual achievement and potential within her students and herself is of the upmost importance to Amy. She believes that continuing professional development is a fundamental part of the journey of being an educator. Facilitating shared learning across the industry is not only beneficial for trainers and educators, but also for students where they can see the cohesion between teaching and learning. Amy has proudly been working for the Kool Kids brand since 2014.

 

Kym Paget

Student Services and Compliance Officer

Experience

Kym commenced with KKTC at the beginning of 2017 to support the compliance function of the training college. Kym has been in the RTO sector for the past 16 years so brings a wealth of experience to the college.

 

Lily Nolan

Lily Nolan

Digital Marketing and Communications – Trainee

Experience

Since her own early childhood, Lily has always held a deep admiration and respect for her educators and their ability to excite her eagerness to learn. So, after finding her passion in both sales and communications, she has combined these with her love for education within her role as a Digital Marketing and Communications Trainee at KKTC.
With a Bachelor of Journalism and a Cert III in Business up her sleeve, Lily works along side College Manager Sam Hendry to grow the college and encourage aspiring Early Childhood educators to get a head start in their career with KKTC. Lily started with KKTC in October 2021.

 

Marnie

Marnie Goulding

NSW Compliance Officer

Experience

Marnie completed her certificate II in business in 2017, and around this time became interested in the early childhood sector and studied and completed her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care with KKTC. During this time Marnie worked at Koolkids Pacific Pines for 5 years and early 2021 decided to change pathways and start a career in the RTO sector with KKTC. Marnie has commenced with the college as a Trainee in the Compliance team.

 

Sharon Stewart

Financial Controller

Experience

Sharon commenced with Kool Kids Early Learning Centres in mid 2000’s and has a track record of financial management in the sector over many years. in the role of financial controller, Sharon ensures the college funding submissions and obligations as an RTO are soundly managed.

Sharon has a BComm – Bachelor of Commerce (University of Queensland) and is a CA – Chartered Accountant

 

Jackie Atkins

Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast

Experience

Jackie joined KKTC in March 2015 and has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for 27 years working alongside the Industries ‘best of the best’. Her career spans from working with children from infancy to school age, both as an Early Childhood Educator, a Primary School Teacher, High School Educator and a Lecturer in Early Childhood. Jackie enjoys the positive relationship of working with students to ensure that they are supported, nurtured and given every opportunity to be a successful learner. Jackie plays an integral role in ensuring that KKTC students are given the opportunity to explore their chosen career path, identify their passion and work towards their goals within Early Childhood Industry.

She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood in-Service) Associate Diploma of Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

She is passionate about developing high quality early childhood programs and aims to help you to build strong foundation of how to support children’s learning as you start your journey as an Educator.

 

Janine Gane 

Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast

Experience

Starting in the childcare industry in 1993, Janine has over 20 years’ experience, with a Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment. Advanced Diploma, Diploma and Certificate III in Child Care.

Her roles over her career have been varied; from working with babies, and all age groups in Long Day Care, to managing and training staff as a Non-Contact Director of Long Day Care to training and assessing Certificate III and Diploma in Children’s Services through both Online (E – Learning) and Classroom based learning.

Janine works closely with our school based students.

 

Patricia Falcon

Trainer/Assessor – Gold Coast

Experience

Patricia has been working in the Early Childhood sector for 10 years; she started as an Early Childhood Teacher in Spain before moving to London. Patricia spent three and a half years in London while she was working in a trilingual childcare as a Key Practitioner. That experience gave her the opportunity to learn a different education system and also other ways to support children’s learning and development.

In 2014, Patricia arrived in Melbourne where she volunteered in a Community Centre and learnt about the Early Years Education in Australia and then soon moved to a role as Lead Educator in a Reggio Emilia inspired Centre. Throughout this career progression Patricia realised that what she really enjoyed was mentoring and sharing her knowledge and experience with other educators, notably supporting children, families and educators from diverse groups and cultures.

Since commencing her career as a trainer on the Gold Coast prior to joining Kool Kids Training College, Patricia gained experience in the local sector by delivering face to face training and also supporting centre-based students across SE QLD. Patricia holds a Bachelor Degree (Early Years Education), Diploma level Education and Care (ACECQA) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110).

 

Lauren

Lauren Noble

Team Leader & Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane, Sunshine Coast & Toowoomba

Experience

Lauren commenced at Kool Kids Training College in late 2021 and brings over 13 years of teaching experience within Brisbane and the UK. Her experience includes working with children from infancy to mature school age, both as an Early Childhood Teacher, a Primary School Teacher, Centre Director and as a Trainer and Assessor.

Lauren’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Hons in Teaching: specialising within the Early Years, Diploma of Education and Care and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Lauren is committed to developing and extending her own professional development and has acquired a vast amount of knowledge and training in the education sector. She is enthusiastic to share her knowledge within the field and takes great ownership in mentoring individuals to be the best they can be.

She is an advocate for delivering high-quality training and assessment within Early Childhood to help build a strong foundation to educators of how they support children’s learning and development as they start or continue their career journey.

 

Louise Greatorix

Trainer and Assessor – Logan/Ipswich region

Experience

Louise started her career in Early Childhood Education and Care at Kool Kids Early Learning Centre in Pacific Pines on the Gold Coast over 5 years ago and quickly progressed her way through that centre to fulfil a number of senior roles. During her early stages of her time in centre she completed her CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.

Following the completion of her Diploma she was encouraged to take the next step in her career development and become a Trainer and Assessor and that led her to complete her TAE40116 qualification.

Speaking at the commencement of her role with KKTC, Louise said “I am passionate about many areas of the early childhood sector and I view the role of trainer to be very influential, which allows me to encourage and positively shape the beliefs, knowledge and mindset of others as they learn.” Louise started with Kool Kids Training College in November 2020.

 

Michelle White

Trainer/Assessor Logan & Ipswich

Experience

Michelle has over 10 years experience working in Early Childhood Education and Care, completing her Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2006 via a traineeship, and then went on to complete her Diploma of Children’s Services in 2010, also via a traineeship. Both of these qualifications gave Michelle the opportunity to complete hands on learning whilst studying where her trainer would come out monthly to visit and support with on the job learning. During her years in the sector, Michelle has worked as a Room Assistant, Room Leader, Educational Leader, Assistant Centre Manager and finally as a Centre Manager. Throughout her career Michelle has worked across all age groups, but predominately in the Nursery room.

In 2016 Michelle completed her Cert IV in Training and Assessment and started working at Monash University in Melbourne where she was a classroom-based trainer, teaching Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care qualifications.

In 2017 Michelle upskilled her qualification to complete her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and also upskilled to the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment and Assessment.

Michelle is extremely passionate about the early years as the early years are fundamental to children’s growth, development, and their learning. Both of Michelle’s children were in Long Day Care from a very early age, my daughter, Maddi at 4.5 months old and my son, Jaxx at 6 months old. She is a huge advocate for Early Childhood, it takes someone truly special to help ensure each child is thriving and learning in a home away from home environment, to care for and nurture each child as if they were their own. ​

Michelle enjoys being an Early Childhood Trainer and Assessor as she gets the opportunity to support, guide and mentor students who are just as passionate about Early Childhood as she is! Michelle says “It’s important that I build a strong relationship with my students from the start and for them to know that I will be there from start to finish, that I will be one of their biggest supporters and I will strive to ensure that their learning journey is a positive and fun experience.”

She adds “As a Trainer and Assessor, it is important to recognise that everyone learns differently and at different paces, but the outcome is the same, which is to complete their qualification. I want my students to know that I will be there, every step of the way, to help them overcome any challenges that they may face, offer extra support where necessary, help break down the content and to come up with learning strategies to help them through their learning journey. My favourite quote would have to be, no one is you, and that is your biggest power.”

​Michelle commenced with KKTC in June 2022.

 

Sarah Power​

Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane​

Experience

Sarah commenced her journey in Early Childhood Education and Care in Ireland, in 2012. She moved to Australia in 2014 and has had the opportunity to progress from an educator to educational leader early upon her career transition to this country.

In October 2017 Sarah was promoted to a Centre Manager position and over the proceeding 4 years gained considerable leadership experience in how a centre functions and mentoring staff from all backgrounds. With an ambition to get into training and assessing, Sarah commenced her TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment early in 2022 and relocated from Melbourne to Brisbane shortly after completing her qualification.

Working with children has always been her passion and she feels that the Trainer and Assessor role offers her the opportunity to share her knowledge and experience with her students. “It is a joyous experience to watch educators develop their knowledge” Sarah said.

​Sarah commenced with KKTC in March 2022.

 

Amy Mynott​

Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane​

Experience

Amy has been in the Early Childhood Education and Care sector for over 18 years educating throughout the northern suburbs of Brisbane. Her experience includes working as an educator, outside school hours, Centre Manager and in recent years as a Trainer and Assessor. ​

Amy brings with her a variety of skills and qualifications including the Advanced Diploma of Children’s services, Diploma of Children’s services, Diploma of Business and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. ​

Amy is committed to sharing her knowledge and passion for the early childhood industry through mentoring and supporting her students to complete their qualifications. She is devoted to building knowledgeable and empowered educators so they can be confident in providing the best possible care to the children and families that attend their service.

​Amy commenced with KKTC in March 2022.

 

Stacey Platts

Trainer/Assessor – Brisbane

Experience

Stacey is an extremely enthusiastic educator with a true love for children. She grew up in a large family where she had foster sisters and has grown to have a unique empathy for children and adults that struggle and require extra love and support.

She is passionate about quality educators who value children and recognise their input into children’s growth and education. She believes that if educators are well trained and confident in their learning they will be more successful in achieving a higher standard of education and care for the children and families they support.

Since immigrating from South Africa to Australia Stacey has worked in a variety of centres and obtained a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and more recently the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE). Stacey decided to pursue a career in training and assessing because she recognised a need for higher quality educators and wanted to be a part of making a difference in the lives and care of future children in child care. Stacey joined Kool Kids Training College in February 2021.

 

Nikki Ray-Smith

North Brisbane Trainer

Experience

Nikki started her Early Childhood Education and Care career at a young age, completing a Childhood and Education school based subject. From there she moved her way into a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and Care and found passion in sharing the importance of the industry while working as a University Ambassador for the Early Years. She changed pathways to complete a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care while working as a Senior Educator and 3iC. Within these roles, Nikki saw an opportunity to support the industry’s growth and completed a Certificate IV in Training and Assessing. Nikki now provides guidance to educators while being an advocate for the industry. She values quality care for all children and families and is able to embed these values in her daily work, while training and supporting her students. Nikki finds value in her role as a Trainer and Assessor to support new educators to have those ‘a-ha’ moment, between theory and practices. In turn, this will then foster the best quality care for the next generations of children.

Nikki commenced with KKTC in June 2022.

 

Kelly McLaughlan

 Trainer/Assessor – Sunshine Coast

Experience

Kelly has been working in Early Childhood since 2006. Her love for providing children with quality care and education began when she was in school. Throughout her schooling journey having teachers that were supportive, encouraging and most of all people that she trusted and knew wanted the best for her. Igniting the fire inside of her to be part of something special in education.

Kelly has her Bachelor of Education, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment as well as her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Kelly has worked in a variety of roles from Kindergarten Teacher to Centre Director and is a dedicated and passionate Early Childhood professional. Kelly has a passion for mentoring, ensuring that her approach is supportive, inspiring and encouraging.

Kelly values the importance of Early Childhood, in building a positive mind towards learning. Learning should be fun and enjoyable, however most importantly it must be meaningful and purposeful no matter where you are in your journey. Kelly believes in motivating and guiding future Early Childhood educators, supporting them on their journey in early childhood. Kelly started with KKTC in June 2021.

 

Tanya Richardson

Trainer/Assessor – Toowoomba & Ipswich

Experience

Tanya has been working in the Early Childhood Education and Care for 25 years in a variety roles from educator to Centre Manager with the past 7 years as a Trainer and Assessor.​

Tanya is an advocate for learning being a lifelong commitment with an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management, Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood, Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma in Business, Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.

She has have extensive knowledge of the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and is 100% committed to her student cohort focussing on creating positive student relationships and supporting them through their learning journey.​

Tanya commenced with KKTC in March 2022.

 

Yoko Jenkins

Trainer/Assessor – Cairns

Experience

Yoko came to Australia in 2007 to look for a new adventure after being a qualified librarian working at a University library in Tokyo for 3 years. While travelling around Australia, Yoko decided to join the early learning sector which she believes has been ‘the best choice ever!’

She has been working within the Early Childhood sector since 2008 and moved into the training and assessment industry in 2015. She has experience in delivering via classroom and face to face delivery, also remote training to distance based students. Yoko holds a Bachelor of Arts English Literature, Diploma of Children’s services, Certificate III in Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

 

Caitlin

Caitlin O’Reilly

Team Leader & Trainer/Assessor – Sydney, Central Coast & Illawarra

Experience

With over 11 years’ experience in the Early Childhood Sector starting as a trainee right through to centre management and operations roles, Caitlin has always wanted to pursue a career as a Trainer/Assessor where she could mentor and pass her passion for the Early Years on to others.

Caitlin has a passion for giving back to her community and has been involved with Variety the Children’s Charity for numerous years and throughout her career has raised thousands of dollars through community charity days and spread awareness.

Caitlin is originally from Sydney’s Northern Beachers where she grew up before swapping the fast-paced beachy city life to laidback Cairns almost 2 years ago now spending her weekends adventuring and experiencing the beautiful far north.

Caitlin holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Caitlin joined KKTC in October 2021.

 

Sarah Chamberlin

Trainer/Assessor – Central Queensland

Experience

Throughout Sarah’s early childhood career she worked with children of all ages and eventually held a centre management role in Townsville. This role allowed her to lead, manage and mentor her fellow educators as a Director within a busy Long Day Care environment. Sarah believes it is important for those entering the early childhood sector to be given the opportunity to learn best practices from start to finish. She knows first hand having completed a School Based Traineeship for her Certificate III. She has a passion for inspiring and supporting fellow educators to be the best educators they can be in order to provide children with the best quality care and early education. It is her passion for inspiring and supporting educators that has led her to entering the Training and Assessing sector in 2019. Sarah has her Certificate III and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, and most recently completed her Certificate IV (TAE) in Training and Assessment.

 

Stacey Weinert

Trainer/Assessor – Mackay & Airlie Beach

Experience

Stacey has worked in Early Childhood Education, since leaving school and completing her Associate Diploma in 1990. As part of her career, Stacey has worked in all positions from an Assistant Educator, Room Leader, Centre Director and Area Manager. The training and assessment role is one of the areas that Stacey is most passionate about, after working for 6 years as a Trainer supporting students to gain their Certificate III and Diploma qualifications.

Following this role, Stacey went back to the Centre Director role and has worked for a family operated business for the past 4 and half years, in 2 separate centres. This role has enabled her to combine the training and mentoring role with industry current knowledge and experience to create the best practice and outcomes for young children. Stacey joins the KKTC team, again as a trainer in the Mackay/ Airlie region, to support students to fulfill their dreams as an Early Childhood Educator. Stacey holds the Associate Diploma or Social Science in Child Care, the Bachelor of Teaching in ECE, and the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Stacey joined in July 2021.

 

Wendy Drummond ​

Trainer/Assessor – Rockhampton, Gladstone & Emerald

Experience

Wendy has been in the early childhood profession since finishing school in 2012. Throughout her 10 years of experience, she has gained her CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care in addition to her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education) and most recently completed her TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment. Wendy has experienced many roles within the profession that have continued to build upon her passion of educating our next generations, as well as supporting them be the best educators they can be.

Wendy has experienced the roles of assistant educator, lead educator, Kindergarten Teacher, Assistant Director, Director and Educational Leader. She has a positive disposition and is passionate about supporting educators in providing a nurturing learning environment for children, whilst supporting their growth and leadership within their role. Wendy is in this role to not only make a difference to educators lives and career pathways, but to the children’s lives as well as she is committed to mentoring their educators.

Wendy commenced with KKTC in March 2022.

 

Rachel

Rachel Arnott

Trainer/Assessor – Townsville

Experience

Rachel’s passion for teaching has grown throughout her career, experiencing leadership roles where mentoring and training has been a key aspect.

Rachel has had experience in both Sydney and Townsville early childhood centres. This experience has allowed her to see that money and location don’t always make the best early childhood environment. It’s the centre’s that are filled with educators that love what they do, and have been doing so for many years. They radiate passion and love for the children, providing them with strong relationships and quality care. Rachel wants to incorporate and inspire this kind of mindset into new trainees entering early childhood education.

Rachel holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Rachel joined KKTC in October 2021.

 

Aimee McDermid

Trainer/Assessor – Townsville and Charters Towers

Experience

Aimee has worked in the Early Childhood industry for over 20 years in roles such as Lead Educator and Assistant Director. This lead her to take on new challenges in Centre Director roles in Long Daycare in Toowoomba and Townsville as well as a brief stint as Coordinator in OSHC.

She is passionate about providing quality education and care for all children. She believes that with the right guidance and support, great educators can be created with the same passion. Aimee is looking forward to being able to share her knowledge and experience with the educators of tomorrow and inspire them to provide high quality education and care.

Aimee is passionate about the Early Childhood industry being recognised as a profession, encouraging her students and staff to uphold the highest standards of care.

Aimee has an Advanced Diploma (Children’s Services), Cert. (IV)Training and Assessment, and Cert. (IV) Frontline Mgt.

Aimee commenced with KKTC in October 2021.

 

Alison Manning

Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

Experience

Alison joins KKTC with over 15 years experience in the industry working with large and small private organisations. Alison has worked in a variety of roles from starting out as an Educator, Room Leader and Director roles and in more recent years working in Operations Management roles.

Alison is passionate about the Early Childhood Education and Care sector and enjoys mentoring and developing future Educators. She sees this role as a vital part in helping shape future generations lives.

Alison has obtained her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care along with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Alison joined KKTC in January 2020.

 

Kirsty Crozzoli

NSW, Vic and SA Training Quality & Process Coordinator

Experience

Kirsty commenced at Kool Kids Training College in April 2018 and has worked in various roles in the Early Childhood Sector since 2004.

Kirsty completed her diploma in 2004 and has moved from assistant educator roles, to room leader roles and management roles in private and not for profit early childhood services. Kirsty completed her TAE in 2014 and has a passion for working with educators who are dedicated about study and genuinely have a passion for working in the industry.

Most recently Kirsty has worked in a Sydney based Early Childhood organisation as an Area Manager overseeing 150 educators at 8 services, during this time Kirsty developed numerous training programs to be implemented with educators at various skill levels and understanding. Kirsty was also responsible for a number of parent education programs and was heavily involved in the Human Resource department and is continuing further study in this area.

Having grown up in Sydney and worked through various locations, Kirsty is familiar with the ever changing face of early childhood expectations placed on services and educators, and  hopes  to help them continue to change to provide parents the quality they deserve

 

Katie Simcoe​

Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

Experience

Katie holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies and has worked in the early childhood sector for the past 19 years in a wide range of settings including preschool, long day care and Montessori. In addition, she holds a qualification in play and behavioural therapy which led to her teaching and working as a hospital play specialist in London. For the last 10 years Katie has been working as a Director, Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Leader in Sydney.

The role of Educational Leader ignited her passion to support and mentor other educators, trainees and students studying for their CHC30121 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care or CHC50121 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. This desire to share her knowledge and experience resulted in the completion of the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training & Assessment in early 2022. Katie values the ‘big job’ of teaching early childhood education to ‘little people’ hence is passionate about training other educators to successfully achieve this.

In her spare time, Katie spends her time trail running and training for ultra-marathons. She also enjoys cycling, swimming, kayaking and walking her dog with her two children and husband.​
Katie commenced with KKTC in March 2022.

 

Samantha Di Pede

Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

Experience

Samantha has been in the Early Childhood sector for 9 years holding a variety of educational roles from educator, educational leader, centre manager in both long day care and OSHC and Area Manager. Samantha holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Diploma in Leadership and Management and Certificate IV in TAE.

As a mum of 4 boys, Samantha understands the need for families to be able to leave their precious children in the capable hands of educators, with the knowledge that they will be cared for in a safe, friendly nurturing environment. It is incredibly important to Samantha that services and educators provide a high quality learning environment for all children and also a reliable service for their families. Samantha believes that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially.

It is Samantha’s desire as a trainer/assessor to help and guide educators to meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing support, mentoring and up-skilling educators. Samantha joined Kool Kids Training College in July 2020.

 

Nicole Turner​

Trainer/Assessor Western Sydney​

Experience

Nicole joins KKTC with over 13 years of sector experience. Nicole has worked with children of all ages and has experience supporting children with additional learning needs. During Nicole’s time working in childcare centres, she has worked in numerous roles including, Room Leader, Educational Leader, Sustainability Coordinator and day to day admin. She is passionate about proving the best quality of care for all children. Nicole is focused on providing training and support for all educators. She wants to inspire educators to create caring, safe and nurturing educational spaces for all children, setting them up for life.

Nicole has completed her Certificate III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care along with the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Nicole commenced with KKTC in June 2022.

 

Louise Browne

Louise Browne

Trainer/Assessor – Sydney

Experience

Louise started her Early Childhood Education in Ireland and has called Australia home for the last 14 years. She joins the KKTC team with 18 years’ experience in the profession, and has held many roles within the industry, developing her skills, knowledge and experience starting out as an educator, completing her Diploma in Early Childhood and moving into a Director role. Her most recent role being a support and mentor for Directors and teams in a large organisation, facilitating a collaborative approach to provide quality education and care for children and effective leadership for teams.

She has a particular interest in fostering creative opportunities for children, child development and early intervention for young children. She believes providing a nurturing and inclusive environment for children gives them the best start to life.

You could say the same applies to educators, particularly those who are new to the industry, that with a nurturing and inclusive space educators can ignite their passion for education and reach their full potential. Her passion for being an effective leader and mentor, combined with her most recent role, led to her completing the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She looks forward to training and mentoring the educators and leaders of the future. Louise joined the Kool Kids Training College in January 2021.

 

Michelle Adams

Trainer/Assessor – Central Coast NSW

Experience

Michelle joined Kool Kids Training College in March 2019. She brings to Kool Kids over 16 years of teaching experience, working in primary schools, private and non for profit child care centres in room leader, mentoring and supervisor roles. Michelle’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Teaching/ Bachelor of Social Science (Early Childhood) and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Michelle is committed to sharing her experience and knowledge with a new generation of Early Childhood Educators and brings an enormous amount of energy and passion to the role. She is focused on ensuring that all Early Childhood Educators achieve their full potential and provide quality education and care to our children.

 

Rhiannon Ryan

Trainer/Assessor – Newcastle

Experience

Rhiannon has worked in the education sector for the past 10 years. Holding a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/Early Childhood Studies and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Rhiannon has undertaken a variety of roles over this time. Her previous roles include teacher, nominated supervisor and RTO trainer/assessor, working in early childhood education, primary schools, OOSH and the training and assessment sector.
Rhiannon strongly believes in the importance of all children having access to quality early childhood education, and educators being adequately trained to deliver this quality educational experience to all children. This belief led Rhiannon to entering the training and assessment field so she could share her knowledge, experience and passion with educators entering the early childhood profession.
Rhiannon joined KKTC in January 2020

 

Tahlia Oxenbridge

Tahlia Oxenbridge

Trainer/Assessor – Newcastle

Experience

Tahlia has been in the early childhood sector since 2008. She worked her way up through traineeships before completing her Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education). Over the years Tahlia has taken on many roles including educational leader and centre manager on multiple occasions. Most recently Tahlia has completed her certificate IV in training and assessment to transition to adult based learning. Tahlia joined the KKTC team in July 2021.

Tahlia believes in the importance of nurturing educators of the future. She is very passionate about supporting educators to see the magic in everyday moments. Tahlia aims to support the educators in developing confidence and ethical morals that empower them to be advocates for children.

When away from work Tahlia is kept busy by her two sons in Primary school aged sons. In 2019 Tahlia did an 8 month trip around Australia with her husband and sons. On the weekends she spends time with her family going on adventures. Tahlia joined KKTC in July 2021.

 

Louisa Marando​​

Louisa Marando​​

Trainer/Assessor Melbourne

Experience

Louisa has been in the Early Childhood sector for over 10 years and during this time she has completed her Certificate III, Diploma & Advanced Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care in addition to the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Louisa began her journey working as an educator in the rooms and built strong relationships with families and their children. For the past 10 years has been Centre Manager of a family run centre in Essendon.

Louisa says “My experience as a centre manager was one I found rewarding! I believe it’s important to build those strong connections with educators, children, their families and the wider community. My journey now starts to share my knowledge with educators as a Trainer and Assessor and I am so excited.”

Louisa commenced with KKTC in June 2022.

 

Morgan Nicol​

Morgan Nicol​

Adelaide Trainer/ Assessor

Experience

Morgan is a passionate childcare industry professional who has been in the Early Childhood Sector since 2003. Morgan has held a variety of educational roles from assistant, room leader and management roles in the Early Childhood Sector. Morgan has also spent time in OSHC sector where Morgan was a Mentor Coordinator and Regional Manager for a OSHC provider in South Australia.
Morgan completed her TAE in 2020 and enjoys being part of creating best practice educators and educators who have the dedication to the children of tomorrow and are enthusiastic about their study and the high-quality assessments they submit.

Morgan has previously worked for another RTO in South Australia and has been teaching the Early Childhood Education and Care class and teaching, training and assessing 110 students throughout their courses in the Early Childhood Education and Care.

Morgan is a mum to one human child Hunter who is 9 and 1 fur baby Sonny who is 14 months old (Golden Labrador). Morgan understands the importance of the need for the close bond between educators and children in their care. It is important that services and educators provide that safe, friendly and nurturing environment for all children and families in their care. This is where Morgan as a trainer/assessor feels the importance of her role and working with each student to adequately train and assess each student to deliver quality educational practice for every child in their care.

Morgan commenced with KKTC in June 2022.

Been through other training facilities and Kool Kids is both the best and most helpful one I’ve experienced. Highly recommend them to all looking into further studies!

Great layout on website- clear precise with the addition of marking criteria underneath the question that helps with finding the right answer.

Lovely helpful trainers with no amount of questions or enquires too much to ask of them. Nothing short of amazing and I was lucky enough to have both Vanessa and Alison. Completed my certificate 3 and not much longer to go through before also ticking off my diploma.

Kool Kids for my choice over all!!

Coming from retail and hospitality background, I was nervous to start my Diploma of Early Childcare and Education, however, once I started the online course, I instantly relaxed and knew that I had made the right decision. I had heard good things about Kool Kids training college which is why I chose to study with them, and once I began, I found it had the easiest online platform to navigate, with each assessment having set question areas such as case studies, practical aspects, and reflection questions to ensure you are gaining full knowledge and understanding of each assessment task. The trainers and centres make life and studying smooth and uncomplicated even when working full time, as everyone is happy to help and lend an ear when you need. Overall, I have absolutely loved studying with Kool Kids training college and have been so lucky to have such a great trainer like Amy to guide me through the process!

After finishing my diploma I can now thank KKTC for providing the best style of training possible - with everything online now it made it easier for me to prioritise certain parts of my assessments due to the way it is all set out. I will definitely be recommending KKTC to anyone wanting to study early childhood.

I have really enjoyed completing my diploma with Kool kids. I have found that my course was enjoyable and I had the most support from Michelle and Rhiannon. When I needed help it was only a message away for help. Rhiannon was very patient and understanding when I found some questions challenging. I 100% recommend Kool kids online training to anyone and I highly recommend Rhiannon as she was very patient with each student.

How understanding and supporting both Michelle and Rhiannon were, how much this training helped me to become the educator I am today

I recently completed my Diploma with Koolkids Training. After years of no study I was hesitant and nervous to sign up. However from the moment I touched base I was so impressed with the level of support and encouragement from my Trainer Alison who was always only a call or message away day or night. I would highly recommend Koolkids

Studying with KKTC is simple and trouble-free. The workload is set out in a way that is achievable without being overwhelming. The online platform used is easily accessible and straightforward, and I love having my trainer, Amy, making sure I understand everything I‘m learning about. She has been by my side since I started, and is super approachable and is always available to work with me.

As a mature age student taking on study with Kool Kids Training College for a new career path was very daunting but Alison and Bronwyn were amazing.  Their support, guidance, encouragement and friendship helped me to successfully complete my Diploma and achieve my goal of working with children.

Tara’s passion, flexibility and compassion, are some of the key factors that have made my Diploma studies so enjoyable and successful. I have received so much workplace support, even during the lockdown period, Tara supported me to achieve my goals. Kool Kids Training College is unlike anything else offered in Melbourne I highly recommend them, if you're looking for a trainer that genuinely cares about their students!

Our partnership with Kool Kids Training College enables our team members at Only About Children to gain the relevant knowledge and skills while obtaining their Early Childhood qualifications. The team of dedicated and skilled trainers are committed to supporting each individual throughout their learning journey, guiding them to successfully become qualified in Early Childhood Education and Care.

The Kool Kids online platform is user-friendly and enables us to keep up to date with each team member’s progress, whilst providing a clear overview of the course structure. Its functionality allows us to retrieve an individualised update on each team member within a few simple clicks, which is highly convenient.

We also appreciate the time and effort that Adam and Sam invest to keep us informed on updates and changes. They are constantly innovating in order to provide high quality and relevant services. Our experience working with Kool Kids has been a smooth and enjoyable one.

I recently completed my Diploma with Koolkids Training. After years of no study, I was hesitant and nervous to sign up. However, from the moment I touched base, I was so impressed with the level of support and encouragement from my Trainer Alison who was always only a call or message away day or night. I would highly recommend Koolkids Training.


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