Cassowary Coast Regional Council

Cassowary Coast Family Day Care Educators Cassowary Coast Family Day Care Educators




Chantelle Paish, Innisfail

Hi! My name is Chantelle and I am very excited to be beginning my journey as a Family Day Care Educator situated at Goondi Hill. I have worked in the childcare industry for 8 years and still love working with the children every day.

During the day at Tiny Explorers Family Day Care, I will be providing the children with every opportunity to learn and explore through play. I believe that children need to explore both the indoor and outdoor environments and I will be following your child’s interests to build on our daily program.

If you would like to come through for a look at my Family Day Care environments, please contact the office, as I would love the opportunity to show you through.




Esterlina and Ernie Lee, Innisfail

Hello, my name is Esterlina. I am an early childhood educator with Cassowary Coast Family Day Care Scheme. I run my business in Innisfail with the help of my husband Ernest who is also an approved educator (Certificate III in Children's Services) and sometimes with our children Teresa, Paula (Diploma in Children's Services) and Michael who are all adults who have grown up with family day care in our home. I have been an educator with this scheme since 1999. 

I have a Diploma in Children's Services and I enjoy continually upgrading my studies is this field. My business offers care to children from birth to 13 years. My work hours are negotiable as we cater for extended hours, before and after school, overnight, weekends, school holidays, public holidays and emergency care.

My business also provides the service of collecting and delivering children from home, or to and from school. I ensure there is a balance of activities and learning experiences within our comfortable indoor and outdoor areas.

I believe that play is the basis of learning in the early childhood years and therefore provide a safe and secure environment in which this can take place. We are a multiculturally-friendly family, and we are happy to build good communications with families and their children.



Desiree Topacio, Tully

Hi, my name is Desiree. I started working as an Early Childhood Educator with Cassowary Coast Family Day care Scheme in Tully in 2017. I have Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Tropical North Queensland Tafe Cairns. I am holding a BlueCard and a current First Aid Certificate/Anaphylaxis & Asthma Certificates.

I believe that children gain from the opportunity to learn through play and exploration in a small group in a home environment. My focus will be on the strengths and interest of children and what they can do. I am always open to suggestions on how I can make your child’s care more enjoyable.



Felica Burridge, Innisfail

Hi! my name is Miss Felica and I am excited to beginning my journey as a Family Day Care Educator for the Cassowary Coast Council.

 At Felica’s Little Learner’s Family Day Care offers a nurturing, fun, natural, safe environment for children 6 weeks to 12 years to socialise, learn and grow. Before and After School Care is available as well as Vacation Care. We have undercover parking for arrivals and departures. 

At Little Learner’s we believe each child will achieve milestones in their own time and at their own pace where their ideas are supported in their creative learning and developmental journey.



Georgina Zadelj, Garradunga

Country Kids Childcare is an award-winning Family Daycare service that has been operating in the Cassowary Coast Region for the past ten years.

My vision is to make Qualified Forest School Learning in Early Childhood Education available to families in the community.

I hope to inspire families and educators to get outside and enjoy the region’s natural spaces on offer. Country Kids Childcare prides itself on 'educating children in making a difference'.

If the next generation can learn to appreciate the beauty and purpose of nature, children will become agents of change in their own environment.



Narelle Waters, Tully 

My name is Narelle Waters and I’ve been operating Waters Family Day since 2009 in the Tully community .

In that time I’ve completed my certificate 3 and diploma in early child care.

It is my vision to make sure that all children are respected, nurtured and supported while attended care. I also like to work closely with my families so that their cultures and beliefs are meet. 



Marianne Sheehy, Tully

I have worked in childcare for twenty years in various roles from a casual to leading educator.  My work experience has been gained across a range of age groups and settings – limited hours, long day care and kindergarten.

I have a Diploma in Children’s Services, current first aid and CPR, asthma and anaphylaxis training.

In my role as family day care educator, I provide a safe, happy and nurturing environment for your child to grow, learn and develop at their own pace and level during play in a small group setting.  I will provide age and developmentally appropriate experiences which will be based on the needs and interests of the child.

I have in lived in the Tully area for the past five and a half years.

I enjoy being outside and experiencing the simpler things life has to offer – walking along the beach, watching and listening to the birds.

I have an adult daughter who lives in Townsville with her partner and two beautiful girls.

Rachael Peel, Mourilyan

Hello! My name is Miss Rachael and I am excited to beginning my journey as a Family Day Care Educator for the Cassowary Coast Council.

At Watch and Wonder Family Daycare offers an enriching, fun, natural, safe environment for children 4 weeks to 12 years to socialize, learn and grow.

I offer Before and After school care, as well as Vacation care. At Watch and Wonder Family Daycare we believe each child will achieve their milestones in their own time, their own pace where their ideas are supported in their creative learning and development journey


Samantha Duncan, Tully

Hi my name is Samantha; I have been working as a Family Day Care Educator in Tully for the Cassowary Coast Scheme since October 2017. 

I am a mother of three children and have been a stay at home mother prior to me starting family day care. 

My philosophy is about providing a relaxed, warm and inviting environment for my children to become confident in themselves and their abilities. 

I have a wide range of toys and learning spaces for children of all ages and encourage being outdoors as much as possible.


Alison McIlwain, Mundoo

Hi my name is Alison McIlwain and my family day care is situated at Mundoo.

I live at home with my husband Chris, daughter Charlee and son Dylan.  I have worked in childcare since 2003 and during that time I have carried out roles such as assistant, room leader, educational leader, 2IC and Director. 

I currently hold a certificate 3 and Diploma in Children’s Services.  I began working as a family day care educator in 2016 when I had my first child as I loved the idea of working in my home environment with my children doing what I love. 

My goals in being successful as an educator is to ensure that the children I care for and their families have a sense of belonging and develop trust with me and feel comfortable and secure in my family environment.


Alicia Torrisi, Tully

Hi may name is Alicia. I am an early childhood educator with the Cassowary Coast Family Day Care Scheme. I have been running my child care service from Tully Gorge Road since January 2016. Our home is on acreage, I have two girls and a boy of my own, we also live with a range of animals including, buffalo, sheep, chickens, cattle, dogs & fish, which all my children in care enjoy caring for.

I hold a blue card, seniors first aid certificate with Anaphylaxis & Asthma and I have recently completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education & Care.

My aim is to provide the children and their families with a homely atmosphere and environment that is warm, welcoming, respectful & enjoyable. I believe that early childhood is most importantly a time for play, having fun, discovering, experimenting and using the imagination. I am also a strong believer that every child is unique, special and has the capacity to succeed in anything they put their minds to.



Jasmine Sheridan, Bingil Bay

Hi, my name is Jasmine, from 'Happy LiL Hearts' Family Day Care in idyllic Bingil Bay. 

I am passionate about nurturance and promoting creativity, socialisation and cognitive development of children. I am also passionate about immersing children in the outdoors to explore nature freely.

I offer family day care and after-school care for children from birth to 12 years. I have set up my home to optimise the day care experience for all children who are entrusted to my care, shared with my daughter Lily and our Indian Ringneck Parrot Topaz.

I have extensive experience working in the early education environment.

I entered the industry young when I supported families in their home caring for children with special needs. I then thoroughly enjoyed becoming qualified and completing my Diploma in Social Sciences. Once qualified my experience ranges from long day care in large centres, occasional, vacation and resort care where I worked my way into group leading positions and now family day care.

I focus upon loving and nurturing the individuality and unique personality of each child, seeking to bring out the very best in each child.

I aim to be as open, available and flexible as I can in my Business to meet the individual needs of all my families and 

A strong and honest dialogue with all parents ensures that their personal values and specific objectives are fully considered in the education program for their child.  I also strive to provide strong feedback around progress and share the experiences of their child whilst in my care.

My goal is to ensure your child is fully nurtured and leaves my care with a Happy Lil Heart. 



Ashlee Heritage, Tully

Hello! My name is Ashlee, I live in my home on Tully Gorge Road with my husband and small dog Indie. We have a space especially for family day care which has been created to encourage children to learn and grow in a fun, safe, family and educational environment. I have got my Certificate III in Children’s Services, as well as all current certificates up to standard including my blue card, First Aid & Anaphylaxis.

Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I believe in the importance of giving children every opportunity to learn through play and be independent within their boundaries as well as learning to work together with other adults and children as a team.

I look forward to being able to work alongside families with their children to help them in their own specific areas of growth. My ultimate goal is for the children in my care is to develop trust, to feel loved, and to have a strong sense of identity and confidence within themselves.



Claudine MacFarlane, Bingil Bay

My name is Claudine and I have Little sunbirds family day care. I started my FDC journey in January 2020. I completed my traineeship (Cert 3 in children’s services) in Sydney in a long day care centre many years ago where I worked as assistant in the 3-5yr old room. I now live in Bingil Bay with my husband Dave and we have two children Eloise (5) and Oliver (2). I will provide a loving, nurturing and safe environment for children focusing on nature play and play based learning. I believe it’s important for a child to feel safe and secure in their environment with the ability to have the freedom to engage in experiences based on their interests and the natural wonders of our environment. I want our home to be your child’s home away from home.