Our Team

image001Ash McDunphy

Position – Centre Manager



  • BA Honours in Early Childhood Education


  • Montessori Mount Claremont – Centre Manager July 2015 to present
  • Mulberry Tree Scarborough- Early childhood teacher / OSHC Coordinator March 2013 to July 2015
  • St Vincent de paul children’s centre- Early Childhood Educator September 2008- June 2010


As an educator I am dedicated to supporting and expanding the strengths, potentials and capabilities of the children I work with.

I believe play is an essential element of children’s learning and development. Play is an essential basis to children’s understanding of the world and to their physical, cognitive and emotional wellbeing.

The Montessori Method of Education, I believe gives children the opportunity to learn important skills for life using their own interests as a medium. It provides choices within limits and allows the children to be confident and involved learners through an individualised programme based around practical skills and common interests.

For me as an Educator it is important to support children’s natural curiosity by providing educational experiences while making learning fun and engaging.

Most importantly for me children need to feel like they belong, I aim to encourage this by supporting the children to settle and to feel safe through building a secure relationship with the children in my care.


image003Aoife Lacey

Position- Early Childhood Teacher/ Montessori Teacher



    • BA in Early Childhood Education
    • Post Graduate Diploma in Montessori Teaching.


  • Rowan House Montessori School – Montessori teacher June 2012- July 2015
  • The Park Academy – Montessori teacher July 2010-August 2011


I feel passionate about Montessori as I feel that in a Montessori environment I get to see children developing the need for every aspect of Everyday life and not just for scholarly skills.

I enjoy that each day is so different in a Montessori environment.

The feeling I get when I see a child’s face light up as they complete a task on their own is immeasurable, the moment may not last that long but those seconds are priceless to me.

A Montessori environment provides everything that a child needs to be able to develop an inner love for learning, not by offering extrinsic rewards and prizes but instead by offering by an environment full of lessons and beautiful materials.

As the teacher it is my job to provide the materials and environment which is based upon the principle that: “education is not what the teacher gives, education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the individual and is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences upon the environment”


image0031Willow Waite

Position: Babies Room Leader


  • Montessori Mount Claremont, Babies Room Leader, 2012- present
  • Nanny, 2009-2011
  • Challenge Children’s Centre, Qualified Childcare Worker, 2008-2009
  • Gumblossom Childcare Centre, Qualified Childcare Worker, April 2008- October 2008
  • Carrington Child care Centre, Qualified Childcare Worker, 2006-2008
  • Palmyra Out of School Hours Activity Centre, Assistant Childcare Worker, 2005-2006


  • Diploma in Children’s Services


I believe that all children are capable of achieving anything with the right guidance and support. Children are always learning about the world around them through their interactions with other children, their environment and their caregivers. Because of this I feel it is important to create an environment, which promotes learning, exploration and discovery.



Position: Qualified Educator in Babies Room


  • Montessori Mount Claremont, Qualified Educator (Babies Room) 2012- present
  • Challenge Children’s Centre, Qualified Educator, 2002-2012
  • Little Woodpeckers Childcare centre, Senior Qualified Childcare Worker, July 2001- Feb 2002
  • Tiny Tots Childcare Centre, Childcare Worker, 1994-2000
  • Childcare Worker, Italy, 1987-1991
  • Boutoozyce Poland, Diploma Childcare Worker, 1980- 1987


  • Diploma in Childcare


I believe that childcare settings should have a homely feel, providing children with support and encouragement to assist in their development by following routines as if they were at home. I believe getting to know each child as an individual is very important. I have a passion for working with children and will continue to provide love and care to each child to the best of my ability.



Position: Toddler Room Leader



  • Montessori Mt Claremont, 2015 – present
  • Sparrow Playground, Children’s Centre Manager, 2007-2015


  • Diploma in Childs Services (Australia)
  • BA Honours Degree Children, Schools and Families (UK)
  • Early Years Teacher (UK)


I believe every child deserves the best start in life. Having fun through learning and play is paramount to the development of young children.

By using nature to nurture our young children in an environment which promotes self-growth, resilience, confidence and self-belief builds the stepping stones for lifelong learning.


image005Hayley Simpson

Position – Toddler room Qualified Educator



  • Diploma of Children’s education and care
  • Cert 3 in children’s Education and care


  • Montessori Mount Claremont – Qualified Educator Nov 2014 to present
  • Mulberry Tree Broome – Assistant Educator June 2014- Nov 2014
  • Giggles of Lytham day nursery – Sept 2008-Nov 2013


As an educator I hope to build strong, positive relationships with each individual child and their families.

I aim to provide each child with a rich learning environment and provide opportunities for exploration and expression.

Each child should feel safe, secure and supported in the setting allowing them to make discoveries about the world around them, themselves and others promoting positive contributions and interactions.


image004Jennifer Vance

Position – Babies room assistant educator


  • Diploma in childcare and Education
  • Certificate 3 in children’s services
  • Working towards a diploma in children’s services


  • Montessori Mount Claremont- Babies room assistant March 2015 present
  • Mulberry tree Leeming- Babies room leader -2012
  • Ballougry Playgroup- 2005-2012


I believe that children are very capable and confident learners when provided with a safe, secure and visually appealing environment. Effective communication between parent and educator provides the base of this safe environment and helps us as educators develop a bond and trusting relationship with your child.

From a young age I have known that I wanted to work in early childhood and helps to educate and provide our babies with the life skills they need to grow into little people and be happy in the knowledge that I played a part in their learning and development.

I began my career path in a play group in Ireland and have continued working in childcare in Perth, all the while the curriculum and encoring becoming of each individual child.

Children are our future and we as educators along with the parents lay the foundations for children’s future lives.


Donna Combs

Position- Assistant Educator. Currently the floater working in all three rooms at the centre.



  • Certificate 3 in Children’s education and care


  • Montessori Mt Claremont – May 2015 to present
  • Majorie Mann Childcare Centre (Mt Lawley) – April 2015
  • Personal Experience- as a Parent


My personal belief is that all children are deserving of a childhood which allows them to thrive and develop into well-adjusted adults.

I feel my role as an educator, it to take a holistic approach to each child in my care, to assist and guide them with their development both physically and mentally.

In addition to giving children opportunities, experiences and support to learn about themselves and the world they live in.

I enjoy being a part of their journey and find working with children very rewarding.


image002Susan Cook

Position – Food Coordinator



  • Associate diploma of social sciences


  • Montessori Mount Claremont- Food coordinator 2012-Present
  • Challenge Children’s centre – food coordinator 2002-2012
  • Challenge Children’s centre- Qualified Educator 1999-2002
  • Little Claremont childcare –Qualified Educator 1996-1999
  • Rockingham Tafe childcare-Qualified educator in all rooms 1993-1996


As an Educator I believe every child should be cared for and Educated in a happy, bright and loving Environment with ample opportunities to learn and grow with the support of their educators and peers.