Meet the team

We see children as unique and capable individuals, who come to our service with their own interests, talents, skills, and ideas. We value the role of play in learning.

Our educators

Avoca Beach Preschool employs a professional team with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

Our recruitment process is rigorous and thorough, ensuring that our educators are not only experienced and qualified, but also genuinely passionate about helping young children to grow and develop and that each educator aligns with our services philosophy. We place a strong emphasis on continued development of team skills and knowledge. We invest heavily in professional development of our team through attendance at courses, workshops, webinars and monthly team development meetings. Primary Contact team members work with specific groups of children continually and are responsible for developing programs that meet the individual and group needs of all children.’

We are proud that each of our educators have been at the preschool for several years and we have a high retention of staff. The commitment, knowledge, continuity of care and value they bring to the service is invaluable.

Our leadership

Avoca Beach Preschool is privately owned and operated.

The licensee holds a certificate 3 in Early Childhood and has over 17 years’ experience in managing the centre.

Our centre Director and Nominated supervisor holds an Early Childhood teaching degree and is the licensee’s daughter. They are responsible for the day-to-day management of the preschool, with the help of the assistant director, who holds a Diploma in Early Childhood and is the certified supervisor/educational leader. Together, they oversee operational requirements, committing to meeting the National Standards and supporting the educational team to provide high quality care.

All educators are responsible for planning and implementing programs for the children in their care. This is done in collaboration with the whole team, across the service. The Educational Leader provides guidance and support to each of the teams to ensure programs are of the highest quality and in line with the objectives of the Early Years Learning

Our Team

ABPS_0008_Jessica Adlard

Jessica Nable-Adlard – Owner/Preschool Director.

Jess has been with the preschool since 2006. She is a degree qualified Early Childhood Teacher and delivers the preschool program in the Bellbird room, along with being the Nominated supervisor for running the business. Jess is passionate about early childhood education and particularly loves music, dramatic play and the learning and connections to be gained from these activities. Jess especially likes to focus on mindfulness and the use of yoga in childhood development, understanding and exploring the benefits of these practices with children.  

Jess has two children of her own who both attend primary school. She has travelled to many countries and more recently with her family around much of Australia. Jess loves spending days down the beach and exploring new places.  She is extremely proud of the preschool and the beautiful community it has created.

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Rose Smith – Asst Director/Educational leader.

Rose has been at Avoca Beach Preschool since 2013. She is a diploma educator delivering the preschool program in the Bellbird room. Rose is the Educational leader at the service and supports the overseeing of the educational program throughout the preschool. Rose loves reading and story time, the benefits of learning through play and has an interest in neurological development and the way in which individual children learn and develop.

Rose is originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2011. Rose has travelled Europe and spent time as a family living in the U.S.A and is keen to travel more of Australia. She loves cooking and trying new foods.

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Courtney Taylor – Educator.

Courtney has been with the preschool since 2019 and is a diploma educator in the Bellbird room, working to support the delivery of the preschool program. Courtney loves to explore how children learn and seeing them meet their developmental goals is very fulfilling to her.

Courtney is a twin! And she likes to explore new places and enjoys camping in her spare time.

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Lisa Shaw – Educator.

Lisa has been with the preschool since 2012. She is a Certificate 111 trained educator and works in the Koala room, our younger age environment. Lisa has an enthusiasm for developing environmental knowledge in early childhood and loves to work with the children to tend to our small preschool garden. Her keen passion in travel is shared with the children to encourage their natural interest and spark curiosity of the world around us.

Lisa enjoys ocean swimming and long strolls on the beach, always looking to find natural treasures to bring back to preschool.

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Natalie Kingsland-Wills – Educator.

Natalie has been at the preschool since 2017, she started with us as a work placement! Natalie is a diploma educator working in our koala room. Natalie loves art, crafts and sensory play. She also loves imaginative play and the fun to be had with puppets and dressing -up.

Natalie is studying at university to be a nurse, she has an ambition to one day be a midwife. Natalie plays Oztag and loves outdoor adventures.

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Jo Hurrell – Casual Educator.

Jo has been with the preschool since 2021. Jo is a diploma educator working with our younger children in the Koala room. Jo loves to work with children to build secure connections and assisting them to create a sense of wellbeing, especially on their first days at preschool.

Jo is originally from the U.K and studied Early childhood there. Jo has worked in childcare settings and has worked as a private Nanny, here and in the U.K. Jo has 2 primary school children of her own and they both attended preschool at Avoca Beach! So she has been a member of our community for 7 years! Jo loves Manly football club, getting outdoors with her family, and is an active member of the local primary school community.

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Sue Woods – Casual Educator.

Sue has been connected with the preschool since 1997! She is a Cert 111 educator working in our Koala room. Sue loves messy play and arts and crafts. She enjoys song and dance activities with the children.

Sue is a long-term Avoca resident. She has recently welcomed a gorgeous grandson and loves watching him grow. Sue enjoys interior design, eating out and going on weekend trips away with her family and friends.

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Fiona Rutter – Cook/Educator.

Fiona has worked at the preschool since 2006 and is a qualified Food supervisor and Cert 111 educator. Fiona provides delicious home cooked nutritious meals for all the children at preschool and enjoys teaching children the benefits of healthy eating and mealtimes.

Fiona has 3 children and 6 grandchildren, all of whom attended preschool at Avoca. Fiona is a long-standing member of Avoca surf club, enjoys needlework, reading and spending time with her family.

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Chelsea Prior – Educator.

Chelsea started working as a trainee at Avoca Beach Preschool in 2021 and is working through her studies. Chelsea is learning her profession across the service environments and all age groups. Chelsea loves connecting with the children and getting to know them and is looking forward to building her skills as an educator.

Chelsea attended Avoca Preschool when she was a child, so she feels right at home with us here!

Mr and Mrs Nable

Robin and Ross Nable – Licensee’s.

Robin and Ross have owned the preschool since 2008. As business owners, they have enjoyed watching the preschool grow and develop into the sort after, bespoke centre it has become.

They are family orientated and enjoy spending time with their own family, particularly their beautiful grandchildren.

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David Nable – Management/Owner.

David oversees the business accounts. David lives overseas with his growing young family. He is not physically present all year but has ongoing active management within the business.

David loves returning to Australia regularly and his favourite place to surf is Avoca Beach!