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My name is Jade Philp ‘Miss Jade’. I am the full time Director/Teacher of Rainforest (Green) and Reef (Blue) Group and Educational Leader at Port Douglas Community Kindergarten. I have a Bachelor in Education specialising in Early Childhood and a qualification in teaching English as a second language. I have taught kindergarten, Prep, Grade one and Grade two previously at Rosemont Kindergarten and Port Douglas State School as well as teaching experience overseas. I love travelling, gardening and sports. I am extremely passionate about early childhood development and education and I am a strong advocate for importance of the first 8 years of life on brain development. I ADORE my ‘job’! I am excited to come in everyday and follow children’s interests and experiences in a beautiful natural space. I am extremely excited for 2019 and the adventures we will go on.
Please feel free to email me anytime at jade@portdouglaskindergarten.com.au or info@portdouglaskindergarten.com.au or call on 07 40985811.









My name is Donna Staunton ‘Miss Donna’. I am a Co-Educator in Reef (Blue) Group. I have worked at Port Douglas Community Kindergarten for 15 years and have been an Early Childhood Educator for 25 years. I have a Diploma of Community Services – Children’s Services. I live at Newell and have 3 grown children who all attended school in this area. My Strengths are my experience in Early Years Education, building strong, nurturing relationships with children, families and local community, recognising their individual strengths and needs in an inclusive program. I enjoy fixing things, cooking, gardening and sewing.










My name is Sarah Butson ‘Miss Sarah’. I am the co-educator for the Rainforest (Green) Kindy Group. I’m so excited to meet with you all and to start our kindy journey together. I have a Certificate 4 Community Services Metal Health Model and I am currently studying Children’s Services Education and Care. I have been working at our beautiful kindy for five years now and I just love my job here! Working with your children is something I’m extremely passionate about and something I just love to do! My strengths include establishing strong, trusting relationships with each child and their family,  setting up open ended creative play spaces and experiences that stimulate imagination, inquiry and learning.  I am a mum to two boys, Jaiden and Joshua, who are both are at high school! As a family we love travelling, camping, boating, fishing and playing footy - AFL of course! They keep me very busy! I can’t wait to meet all the new little people and their families this year - we will have so much fun together making lasting relationships and learning through play, imagination and exploration! I’m looking forward to a year full of fun, laughter, happiness and learning.









My name is Michelle Vladich ‘Miss Michelle’. I am the Contracted admin/bookkeeper at Port Douglas Community Kindergarten and currently work Tuesdays and Thursdays. I have been involved with our Kindy from 2013 when my eldest daughter Jade attended and I signed on as the President of the Management Committee. I stayed on as President when my son Jesse attended in 2014 and 2015. In 2016 my twins Alana and Josh attended and this is when I became the Administration person & Bookkeeper. I have over 21 years of bookkeeping experience and love that I can combine my job and my commitment to the Kindy going. I love seeing all the kids learning and enjoying their time with passionate educators in a beautiful and fun kindergarten. Please contact me at michelle@portdouglaskindergarten.com.au  or info@portdouglaskindergarten.com.au or call on 07 40985811.






My name is Hayley Day and I am currently the President of the Port Douglas Community Kindergarten Committee for 2018/2019. I am currently working towards obtaining my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have chosen to do this as I believe every child deserves to be loved, cared for and supported to assist them in becoming the best person they can be. I was a working Mum for many years and was blessed with excellent early childhood education and care in my son’s life and now wish to pay it forward. 

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Phone: 07 4098 5811
Email: ​info@portdouglaskindergarten.com.au​
Visit: 4 Endeavour Street, Port Douglas, Queensland, 4877
(We are located within Port Douglas State School Grounds)

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