Our Staff

Our Staff

At Edge Hill Early Learning we strive to provide families and children consistency in their education and care by employing a core team of highly qualified, experienced and competent permanent staff. We have a great team of Early Learning Professionals and strong friendships and support amongst our staff means we have a very happy and loyal team. Our educators contribute a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as cultural diversity and their commitment and passion translates into creating a strong foundation of learning for your children that results in giving them the very best early learning and care.

Our Key Team Members

Helen Pattinson

Director/Service Manager

Helen is our Director/Service Manager. She brings with her previous experience in this role and a passion for early learning. Her qualifications include a Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Childhood Education and Care). Helen has lived in Cairns most of her life and she grew up in Edge Hill.  She is a mother to 2 grown children and and she brings with her a warmth and understanding to her role. Helen is also our Educational Leader where she oversees the curriculum and educational practices at the service.

Kristy Turner

Early Childhood Teacher

Kristy joined our team in April 2021 as the Early Childhood Teacher (ECT) in the Kindy room.  Kristy has over 4 years experience as an ECT and she has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

Alana Myers

Lead Educator - Junior Kindy

Alana is the Lead Educator in the Junior Kindy room. Alana is studying towards a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Prior to joining us in 2019, Alana worked in before and after school care for approximately 5 years.

Alana is a calm and confident Educator and she enjoys keeping up to date with the latest trends and developments in the Childcare sector. She is passionate about early learning and she holds an avid interest in sustainability practices and showing the wonders of the environment to our younger generation. She also has a keen interest in the importance  of  healthy nutrition  for  children.

Anthea Regan

Educator - Junior Kindy

Anthea is an Assistant Educator in the Junior Kindy room. She has over 7 years experience in early education and she has a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Having a large family and previously being a foster mum has given Anthea a passion to care for children, families and the community.  As our Community Liaison Educator, Anthea communicates and coordinates activities between our service and the local community.

Sunmi An

Educator - Kindy

Sunmi has approximately 8 years’ experience in child care and has been with Edge Hill Early Learning for all of those years. She has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Her current role is Assistant Educator in the Kindy room. Sun has a caring and friendly attitude towards children, families and staff. Her strength as an educator is keeping the play environment safe and conducive to learning for children of different ages. Sun speaks English, Korean and Japanese which she uses to help those children where English is their second language.