Our Educators

Leanne Nehring - Smart Tots Centre Director

Advanced Diploma In Early Education.
Additional Course Certifications: 3a Practitioner Professional Learning Program; Emergent Curriculum; Language Learning; Reggio Emilia; Infant & Toddler Nutrition; Behaviour Management and Positive Parenting.

I am an advocate for children and am passionate about their care and wellbeing. My vision is to make Smart Tots a “home away from home” for the children under our care and to provide a stimulating, fun-filled environment for them where they can grow and learn in security and comfort. I have over 20 years experience in childcare and love working with families. Please feel free to drop in for a chat at any time.

Chantelle Kennedy - Lead Educator | Toddlers

Diploma In Children's Services.
Hi, my name is Chantelle. I have been in childcare for 3 years. I am conscious of the fact that every child is unique and brings something special to the environment. Children are the best teachers giving us something magical each day. I love coming to work every day and the moments that happen each day in childcare are incredibly special to me.

Tahleah Underwood - Lead Educator | Junior Kindy

Diploma In Children's Services.
Hi, my name is Tahleah. I am a lead educator at Smart Tots childcare. I have been in childcare since 2007 and have 3 of my own children. I am deeply passionate about education and play based learning. I believe all children are unique, each offering something special. I strive to encourage children to be confident, happy, and to embrace difference and challenge themselves. I aim to provide an environment where children feel safe, while allowing them the opportunity to learn through play, explore their natural environment and stimulate their curiosity. These are the years where children grow, develop and learn so rapidly. I am blessed and excited to be able to enjoy this time with them

Lisa Bishop - Lead Educator | Junior Kindy

Diploma In Children's Services.
Hi, I’m Lisa. I’ve been working in child care for many years and love what I do. I find children to be so creative and imaginative. I truly enjoy being able to help them along their journey in learning and discovering new concepts, ideas and experiences. It’s so rewarding to know that I can help open their minds and see things through their eyes. My aim is to create a fun-filled, caring, playful, multicultural and interesting environment that will stimulate learning and encourage thoughtful play. Please drop by – I’d love to meet you!

Emma Wypych - Lead Educator | Senior Kindy Room

Diploma In Children's Services.
Hi, My name is Emma and I am the lead educator in the Senior Kindy room. My aim as an Early Childhood Educator is to provide all children, regardless of their culture, abilities and ages with opportunities for learning through play, discovering new challenges, fun and enjoyment and feeling safe and secure in their childcare environment. I want to build trusting relationships with all families so that I can learn and understand the dynamics of each and everyone. To make them all feel a sense of belonging and acceptance in the centre and involvement within the community. You are most welcome to come and visit us in the Senior Kindy room and see some of the projects and experiences we are working on at the moment.

Jennifer Chuang - Kindergarten Teacher

Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.
Hello, my name is Jen! I am the teacher in the Kindergarten Room at the centre. My role as a teacher in the Kindergarten Room is to help prepare and guide children to be ready for their first year of formal school (prep). I aim to achieve this through guided learning and free play that aligns with the national early childhood education curriculums: Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines (QKLG). I offer children learning experiences and environments that are designed to meet their learning needs and goals. These learning experiences promote the children’s social skills, physical abilities that involve fine and gross motor skills, a child’s self-confidence through refining self-help skills, and problem-solving skills. I plan and implement activities for the children that are based on their interests. Incorporating children’s interests in the program ensures children are confident in wanting to learn and helps the children to participate and be engaged. It is essential that children are engaged in activities to enhance the necessary skills of starting formal school. I am open to new ideas through communication with children, staff, families, and the wider community. Face-to-face feedback and a communication book is available to the families to discuss and understand their child’s development and learning. I believe it is essential for open communication within staff, families, and the wider community to ensure that the best program is delivered to the children. I hope this has given you an insight of the Kindergarten Room at the centre and I hope to see you drop by!

Chrissy Skewers & Sharleen Welch - Lead Educators | Kindergarten

Diploma In Children's Services.
Hi,Hey there, Chrissy and myself (Sharzy) have worked together for about 10 years in childcare. We have such a passion for children! We have worked with children from a variety of ages, but both find ourselves drawn towards children between the ages of 2-4. We love being partners in this exciting developmental phase, being witness to so many wonderful first experiences, and the amazing learning process. We try to make each day an exciting adventure in our Kindergarten room. Apart from helping children develop academically and socially we encourage their unique personalities and traits. We’re both honoured to become part of the Smart Tots family. Please drop in and meet us. We’ll be happy to have a chat and share your concerns and feedback.