Our Team

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Lauren Watson

Kindergarten Teacher/Director

B.Ed. (Early Childhood), B.Teach. (Primary)

I have a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary) and I have been teaching for 15 years and I have been at Wynnum Manly Kindergarten since mid-2019. I have experience ranging from directing, teaching and recruitment in education. I’ve also lived and worked as a Teacher in Auckland, NZ.
My overwhelming aim in teaching is to spark a love of learning in children. For them to wake up every Kindy morning and be excited to find out what the day will bring. I want each child to feel like their learning space is a home away from home, a place of joy and comfort. I love fostering children’s interests and where these take us! I’ve learnt so much alongside the little people I have taught!
At home, I have a husband and two young children (one of whom came to WMCK). We also have an angry rescue bird called Billy and two free range chickens. 
In my ‘spare time’ I love sewing! You’ll often see me at Kindy in one of my bright handmade outfits.

Jaie Whelan

Kindergarten Teacher

B.Ed (Early Childhood), Dip.Children's Services,

Cert III Children's Services

Hello! I am Jaie, I have my Bachelor Degree (Early Childhood) along with both my Diploma and Certificate 3 in children’s services. I have been lucky enough to have taught kindergarten for the past 5 years and loved every minute! I also am a hairdresser - I completed my apprenticeship straight from finishing year 12! I was at my former workplace for the entirety of my studies, 8 years total almost! Getting the opportunity to work at Wynnum Manly community Kindergarten was a very exciting offer and I cannot wait to make a difference in these little peoples lives! My philosophy is a simple one, I believe children are unique individuals who learn, play and develop at their own pace. Providing children with a learning environment that is supportive to their needs, interests and strength allows them the confidence to develop as individuals at this unique pace in their own time. I believe play based learning is paramount to children’s learning with ‘the child’ (their interests, needs & strengths) being the centre of the program. I will be there to support, encourage, guide and scaffold their learning every step of the way. 

Some other things you might like to know about me: I have recently discovered I am a terrible baker! Regardless of how well I read the recipe something always fails! 

You might also like to know I am a mum of two beautiful boys - they keep me on my toes!


Tiffany Walker


Dip. Early Childhood Education

Hi my name is Tiffany but everyone calls me Miss Tiff and I work in both the Sand Plover and Bush Bees group. I have had the joy of working in the early education field for over 10 years in various roles. I began working at WMCK in 2019 and absolutely LOVE IT!!! I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and I am currently studying a Bachelor of Education ( Early Childhood Teaching). I have a passion for play based learning and strive to create an inspiring, unique, creative and fun program that caters to every child’s uniqueness. Everyday I hope to walk through our kindy doors and sprinkle a little bit of fun, laughter and magic as we go on meaningful learning adventures together. When I’m not at kindy, you will find me at home with my turtle and 2 cats, shopping or at the beach with my 2 daughters and husband.

Lauren Brown


Cert III Early Childhood Education & Care

Hi, I’m the other Miss Lauren… what!? There’s two!? There sure are 😂😂

I hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and have recently begun a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Teaching). I work with the other Miss Lauren in the Kookaburra and Water Dragon classes and my absolute favourite part of our program is Creek Kindy! I love to advocate for Risky play and outdoor learning. Building the creek kindy program in 2021 has been such an amazing journey towards this as we have been able to see our children grow so much confidence throughout this time. 
When I’m not at kindy….or studying, you’d probably find me playing hockey, reading or taking sneaky pictures of all the odd bugs that I find hiding around my garden. 

Vanessa Warburton


Adv.Dip. Community Services (Children's Services)

Hi my name is Vanessa and I joined Wynnum Manly community kindy in 2020 after working in a relief/ inclusion support capacity for a term. This wonderful kindy community has been the breath of fresh air I have been looking for after working in the Early Childhood Education field since 1993. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Community Services (Children’s Services) and have been privileged to manage three long day care centres during my career. I have always had a passion for child directed education and feel all children learn best when they are interested, engaged and feel a sense of autonomy in regards to how they choose to learn.
I have a husband and 2 boys who keep me very busy, but in my spare time I love to garden as well as watching my oldest boy’s  extreme sport pursuits and my youngest boy’s art creation.