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ANDREA ISITT

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company director

With several years of hands-on and leadership experience in Early Childhood Education and Care in Brisbane, Andrea co-founded First Door in 2012. Her energy and commitment to setting up a training organisation for Early Childhood professional learning was fuelled by her passion to achieve the best outcomes for each child in early childhood. Andrea promotes respectful practice that nurtures emotional security and a natural childhood. She shares views from Dr. Emmi Pikler, many leading Early Childhood play and learning ambassadors, and from current research. Andrea is a strong advocate for the National Quality Framework, and has been influenced by her experience of Early Childhood Education in New Zealand, and by visiting Forest Kindergartens in Norway and California.

Andrea’s career in leadership and Early Childhood education began 25 years ago, as the founder and Director of the franchised Company ‘The Learning Years Ltd’ that promoted parents as first teachers. She has extensive experience in training and developing people, teams and businesses, with a focus on shared vision, collaboration and growth. Andrea is an Industry Reference group member for the Workforce Council, and is also qualified with a Certificate lV in Training and Assessment, and a Bachelor of Training and Development.

CHRISSY FOREMAN CRANITCH

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facilitator of early childhood professional learning

Chrissy is a passionate, creative and qualified early childhood educator with over 20 years experience working with children, families, educators and stakeholders. She has worked in the capacity of educator, group leader, educational leader, assistant director, director, educational consultant and early childhood trainer and assessor, spanning her entire career. Chrissy comes with a vastly knowledgeable, hands-on approach to facilitating professional learning, and is qualified with a Certificate lV in Training and Assessment. 

Chrissy brings a wealth of warmth and innovation to her work; believing that early childhood is a uniquely rich time, filled with awe, wonder and incredible growth. She has a strong focus on creative programming, developing enriching environments and inspiring collaborative change in teams. Complimenting her work in Early Childhood education, she also is a professional artist and shares creative approaches to learning. 

JUSTINE TURVEY

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Student and Professional Learning Coordinator

Justine is First Door’s Student and Professional Learning Coordinator, and is qualified with a Bachelor of Business Communication, a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, and as a Trainer and Assessor. Justine’s extensive skills can be attributed to her experience in various roles across a diverse array of industries; including 10 years providing, promoting, and facilitating high quality Early Childhood Education and Care.

Justine always felt a strong pull to the Early Childhood industry and after finishing a business degree decided to commence her Early Childhood study. Starting as an Assistant Educator, Justine saw first-hand how warm interactions and encouraging language positively impacted the behaviour and development of the children; and this became the foundation of her future early childhood career. She very quickly recognised the importance for ongoing learning and would seek out ways to gain more experience, understand new practices, and follow emerging trends. Within in a short period Justine became a Lead Educator, and soon after an Assistant Director.

Justine has worked in small and large centres, both brand new and well established. She is a supporter of the National Quality Framework, and was particularly in favour of the introduction of the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standards. Justine has a strong interest in babies and toddlers, child-focused care, and holistic development.

In more recent years, Justine has supported and mentored early childhood students in their studies providing them with the tools and knowledge to be confident, capable educators. Justine measures her own success on her ability to inspire these educators to strive to provide excellent quality education and care to children, and to do so with genuine pride and passion.

HILARY WEBB

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team professional development workshop facilitator

Hilary has over 30 years of experience in the Early Childhood sector as a qualified early childhood teacher in kindergartens, and as a room leader, assistant director and director for a number of Long Day Care centres.

She has continually worked towards raising standards in quality Early Childhood Education and Care for children, through building positive and effective teams of educators. As the director of Everton Park Child Care and Development Centre, this team has proudly been awarded the highest rating of 'Excellent' by ACECQA in 2016.

Hilary shares her passion and experience in her work with First Door, as a facilitator of team professional development workshops. She inspires teams of educators to continue moving forward in providing higher standards of quality in Early Childhood centres, and to produce better outcomes for children. Hilary facilitates team workshops on: Environment and experiences; Promoting children's agency; and, Using the Early Years Learning Framework to guide practice.

JON WEBB

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nature play, sustainability and challenge workshop facilitator

Jon has worked in Early Childhood Education for the past 15 years, working in centres in Brisbane and schools in London. Jon is currently the lead outdoor educator at Everton Park Childcare and Development Centre, where he works with children of all ages to explore and appreciate nature.

Growing up with four brothers, Jon spent lots of his childhood outside playing and learning through the natural environment. As a result of his childhood and current research, Jon strongly believes in the benefits of children enjoying a natural childhood with outdoor play in nature, and learning through challenge and appropriate risk. In Jon's role as lead outdoor educator, he creates many different physical challenges and play spaces that encourage children to step out of their comfort zone, explore risk and learn through play.

Jon is working with First Door to inspire teams and educators to provide children with freedom to explore, play and learn in nature and the outdoor environment. He shares his passion and knowledge in creating natural play environments with challenge, and strategies for embedding sustainable practices in the daily routines of the centre.

STEPHEN GALLEN

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workshop facilitator

Stephen has over 28 years of roles and experience in Early Childhood Education and Care, with nearly 20 years as a contact educator/teacher. During this time, he has experienced all service types including long day care, in home care, school age care, primary school and kindergarten.

Stephen has supported educators in their professional development since 1999, delivering a range of programs on behalf of providers including Gowrie, Workforce Council (PSC), TAFE, QUT and others. He has also presented at several Early Childhood conferences. Since 2009, he has worked as an independent consultant for individual services and well as for larger organisations.

Stephen works with First Door to guide leadership and professional practice that exceeds the National Quality Standard. He facilitates engaging workshops, focusing on his special interest in developing leadership and social justice in Early Childhood. These workshops equip leaders and educators with mindsets and skills for continuous improvement in Early Childhood Education and Care, and for knowledge sharing in teams to promote professional growth.

GREG BOWELL

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strategy and marketing advisor

Greg supports First Door's strategic planning with a focus on First Door's customer experience, as true business success comes from the customer. He runs 'The Customer Suite' and has been an award winning, senior marketing executive in retail and franchise operations, across Australia and New Zealand over the past 20+ years. 

Greg has worked with Andrea to rethink First Door's brand message and communication materials to better reflect the organisation's essence of "seeing each child flourish", through partnering with Early Childhood professionals in their professional learning. Greg's role for First Door, and for other organisations, include: clarity in strategic planning and related projects; customer experience led brand understanding; review of marketing and customer communication, and developing customer relationships. See https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-bowell-712a7515/

RACHEL PETRIE

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early childhood assessment
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The early years are a fundamental time in a child's development, and I am delighted to be able to support First Door students in their journey of becoming a qualified educator. I hope to display my professional commitment and enthusiasm for the role of an educator, so that educators are equipped to provide relevant, inclusive, engaging, nurturing and joyful learning environments where each child is able to reach their full potential.

I am currently enjoying being a new mother, and have worked with children in Early Childhood over the past ten years as an educator, lead educator and as a kindergarten and primary teacher. During this time, I have achieved the qualifications of Diploma in Children's Services, and a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

TARYN KRAMIS

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administration

My passion for a role in Early Childhood started when I became a mother, and I have worked in the Early Childhood profession for the past four years. Watching children learn and grow, and being able to play such a valuable part in their learning and development has been an amazing experience for me. During this time, I studied my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with First Door, with Andrea as my mentor. I found Andrea's passion for her training organisation and the Early Childhood industry truly incredible, and her love for what she does is inspirational.

As a proud mum of two gorgeous boys, I now have the absolute privilege of working with Andrea for First Door, in an administration based role. Having previously worked in administration, combined with my experience as a First Door student and working in Early Childhood means I have a great base of skills and enthusiasm to assist Andrea and First Door customers.

Greg supports First Door's strategic planning with a focus on First Door's customer experience, as true business success comes from the customer. He runs 'The Customer Suite' and has been an award winning, senior marketing executive in retail and franchise operations, across Australia and New Zealand over the past 20+ years. 

Greg has worked with Andrea to rethink First Door's brand message and communication materials to better reflect the organisation's essence of "seeing each child flourish", through partnering with Early Childhood professionals in their professional learning. Greg's role for First Door, and for other organisations, include: clarity in strategic planning and related projects; customer experience led brand understanding; review of marketing and customer communication, and developing customer relationships. See https://www.linkedin.com/in/greg-bowell-712a7515/

The early years are a fundamental time in a child's development, and I am delighted to be able to support First Door students in their journey of becoming a qualified educator. I hope to display my professional commitment and enthusiasm for the role of an educator, so that educators are equipped to provide relevant, inclusive, engaging, nurturing and joyful learning environments where each child is able to reach their full potential.

I am currently enjoying being a new mother, and have worked with children in Early Childhood over the past ten years as an educator, lead educator and as a kindergarten and primary teacher. During this time, I have achieved the qualifications of Diploma in Children's Services, and a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary).

My passion for a role in Early Childhood started when I became a mother, and I have worked in the Early Childhood profession for the past four years. Watching children learn and grow, and being able to play such a valuable part in their learning and development has been an amazing experience for me. During this time, I studied my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with First Door, with Andrea as my mentor. I found Andrea's passion for her training organisation and the Early Childhood industry truly incredible, and her love for what she does is inspirational.

As a proud mum of two gorgeous boys, I now have the absolute privilege of working with Andrea for First Door, in an administration based role. Having previously worked in administration, combined with my experience as a First Door student and working in Early Childhood means I have a great base of skills and enthusiasm to assist Andrea and First Door customers.

 

OUR PARTNERS


CINDY DONALDCindy resized website

Cindy has made a huge contribution to First Door as Co-founder and Director during its first four years. Since First Door Training and Development Pty. Ltd. was formed in 2012, Cindy and Andrea's joint vision was to provide quality Nationally Recognised Training and to be 'leaders in developing capability'. Cindy's dedication to each of her student's success and her commitment to exceeding the quality requirements as a RTO is inspirational. Our First Door value 'Exceed' is a tribute to Cindy's ethos as Co-founder and is held accountable in our team's work practice.


BEN CLEAVERBen Cleaver crop
Ben is the Director of Fluid Learning, being First Door's preferred First Aid provider of accredited training for the unit HLTAID004 Provide an emergency first aid response in an education and care setting. Training locations are based in North Lakes and Eagle Farm. You will save time, have fun and leave confident in your First Aid training with Fluid Learning.
See Fluid Learning website


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David is the Manager of Effecting Change for Mamre Association, a Brisbane based non-profit organisation committed to the fundamental values of social justice, inclusion and building relationships. The Mamre Community affirms and upholds the worth of every person in society, whilst continuously pushing the boundaries for social change for people with a disability. Mamre works in partnership with families to inspire, embolden and empower towards a better future.
See Mamre Association website

 

GUTHALA DOYLE (Danny Doyle) Danny

Guthala has worked with organisations, schools and community groups around Queensland since 2003. He promotes understanding, educating people and groups about Aboriginal spirituality, cultural practices, teachings and connecting to Mother Earth.
See Spirit Circles Ancient Wisdom

 

EVERTON PARK CHILD CARE AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE (Hilary Webb)

HilaryWebb resizedHilary is the dedicated and passionate Director of Everton Park Child Care and Development Centre, and has successfully led her team to be awarded the Excellent rating by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA), being the highest rating achievable. Hilary is a qualified and registered Early Childhood Teacher, and is currently completing her Diploma of Leadership and Management with First Door. She openly shares the centre with First Door in a variety of ways, including: industry collaboration, sharing photographs and videos of play and learning environments, welcoming First Door Early Childhood students to spend a day at their centre, and as a venue for First Door Early Childhood professional development events.
See Everton Park Child Care and Development website


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Nature Play Queensland's vision for unstructured outdoor play to become a normal part of every child's life in Queensland, so that they can develop into resilient, healthy and creative members of the community. Nature Play Queensland's mission is to work innovatively and collaboratively to make nature play a normal part of childhood again.
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