Nature Alliance Family Day Care Service is a privately owned service, managed by the partners Sue Robertson and Beryl Mort. Both partners have qualifications in Children’s Services and Training and Assessment and many years of experience working in the industry.
Sue and Beryl had known each other through the Child Care industry and had worked on various projects over the years and had often talked about working together.
Sue lives in the southwest of Western Australia and Beryl in the Perth metropolitan area, so it wasn’t until they both worked together that their passion, interests and work ethics inspired the development of Nature Alliance Family Day Care Service.
Sue is an Early Childhood Education Teacher and her first posting was to a remote West Kimberly town of Derby in Western Australia. This was very rural and children played in the vivid red dirt which inspired her love of nature and the outdoors.
Sue left teaching and travelled the world before having her son and then went on to manage a Family Day Care Service in the South West of WA. Sue believes children thrive in small groups where they can access normal daily experiences, build resilience and become confident individuals. These beliefs are what the foundations of Nature Alliance Family Day Care are built on.
Sue – 0477 029 254
Beryl originally worked in the finance industry for ten years before starting her own Family Day care business when her 2 sons were young. She has remained in the industry and continued to work in both administrative and support roles.Beryl has also lectured at TAFE and mentored students in the field.
Beryl also comes from a rural background and has many memories of wide open spaces, playing in the creek and catching tadpoles, climbing trees, building cubbies, picking wild flowers, playing with the farm animals and being surrounded by a nurturing family. This rural environment was the greatest playground ever and Beryl believes all children can thrive if given the opportunity and especially if immersed in nature.
Beryl – 0477 029 253
Niki is the Pedagogical Leader for Nature Alliance Family Day Care Service. With a biomedical background, she has lived and worked in South Africa and Scotland and has been calling Australia home since 2011. She is passionate about the environment, animals and the people of Australia. She has worked as a Family Day Care educator, founder and owner of early childhood centres as well as being the Head of pre-schools and Nature Kindergartens.
Niki supports and mentors educators in all aspects of curriculum in Australia and through her role as consultant with Natural Learning and Real World Learning. She also works internationally as a conference keynote speaker, nature pedagogue, mentor and author. Niki has developed a reputation as a strong advocate for children’s right to a high-quality childhood with a deep concern about children’s mental health and trauma. She is the mother of four adult children, an adventurer, keen photographer, seldom seen without a camera in her hand and is usually surrounded by children!
Niki – 0477 029 237
Kylie has over 20 years experience in accounts, sales, and office administration & related procedures, specialising in customer service focus. Throughout her years in these roles she found a passion in delivering exceptional customer service and in developing and implementing strategies for change and continuous improvement. She has sound leadership and people management skills which enables effective team management and open communication within the team. She is highly people focused and able to relate to people at all levels and develop positive staff and customer relations through proactive relationship building.
Joy provided care and support to families with her own Family Day Care for around 8 years and has gone on to support Educators and families as a Coordinator with Nature Alliance. Joy has a Diploma in Early Education and Care.
Joy believes that given the time, space and opportunity, children thrive and learn through play. Joy is an advocate for Family Day Care and all it offers – small groups, meaningful relationships, play based learning and giving time to allow children to be children.
Jo is an Educator Support Officer for Nature Alliance Family Day Care Service. She ran her own Family Day Care for about 7 years and has been supporting other Educators since she closed her doors. Jo is Diploma qualified and currently working towards obtaining a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching Degree. She is passionate about Family Day Care and believes that children thrive in multi-aged, small group environments where educators can adjust the pace of the day according to children’s interests and needs.
Lea has worked in Family Day Care for over 25 years, supporting and mentoring educators. She is diploma qualified both in Children Services and Leadership and Management. Lea has a strong passion for Family Day Care believing it is a wonderful environment for children to develop and grow in, whilst being able to form lasting relationships with the educator and other children in care.