Our Team

Meet Our Centre Director

Meet Hana Simes, Hessel Children’s Centre Director who leads our team of early childhood educators. She is passionately committed to supporting families and children to be the best they can be.

“It takes a village to raise a child, and we feel so privileged to be part of that village. I look forward to meeting you, showing you around our beautiful centre and welcoming you into the Hessel family.”

Hana Simes, Centre Director

Centre Staff

We cannot wait for you to meet our team of passionate, insipring and knowledgeable educators. Our team are dedicated to providing  exceptional care and education for every child in a safe and dynamic environment.

Our educators are highly skilled and supported with ongoing development opportunities to ensure the best possible outcome for each child, each carrying a minimum Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care (CHC30113)

Each room has a Team Leader who holds a Diploma in Children’s Services or a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).

Assistant Director | Pre-Kindy Lead Educator
Tristin has 5 years experience in Early Childhood and 2 years management experience. Tristin is passionate about creating inclusive and safe environments for all children to learn and grow, with a focus on supporting children with additional needs.
Early Childhood Teacher & Educational Leader
Naomi has worked with children and families in a variety of settings over the last 15 years. She is passionate about building relationships with children and families built on trust, respect and open and honest communication.
Wombat (2-3yrs) Room Lead Educator
Nina has more than five years experience in early childhood education and care. She is passionate about providing a safe and nurturing environment and supporting children in their growth and development. Nina believes in the power of play and in particular the use of loose parts to stimulate exploration and creativity in our littlest learners.
Toddler Room Lead Educator
Mel has eight years experience in Early Childhood Education and is warm, nurturing and passionate about providing a sense of belonging for children and their families. Mel partners with families to provide a gentle and supportive transition into care for both children and their families.
Toddler Room Educator
Renee completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education & Care as a Year 12 VET student. She has recently started studying her Diploma as a workplace trainee. Renee is passionate about building secure relationships with children and families, and loves to set up inviting play spaces for the toddlers.
Baby Room Educator
Megan has a Bachelor of Education Studies and has recently achieved her Diploma of Early Education and Care. Megan is passionate about supporting the individual routines of babies and providing a calm, yet stimulating environment for our littlest learners. She loves finding new ways to support the development of babies and making her own unique learning resources.
Wombat Room Educator
Everyone loves Tigi (children, parents and educators alike!) Tigi has many years experience in Early Childhood and is currently upskilling from her Certificate III to Diploma. Warm and nurturing, Tigi is our resident “toilet readiness” expert! She also loves planning exciting experiences to support children’s numeracy and literacy development.
Wombat Room Educator
Despite only being here for such a short time, Nora has already formed strong attachments with children, families and staff. Nora has just completed her Certificate III and is keen to start her Diploma. Nora has always wanted to work in Early Childhood and is passionate about children’s development, learning through play and building relationships.
Cindy started volunteering in our centre a few months ago - and now she’s about to start a traineeship! Cindy has had many years experience in the aged care sector and recently decided to make the change to early years education. She loves creating thoughtful play spaces to inspire creativity and wonder, and re-using and recycling to create unique resources!
Wombat Room Educator
Jess holds a Diploma in Early Childhood, Education and Care and has 9 years of experience in childcare. She is passionate about recognising each child as a unique learner and providing individualised experiences to support each child to reach their potential.
After moving to Australia from the UK and having a baby, Bonita began to realise just how important it is for families to feel connected to their community. Bonita decided she wanted to make a difference for children and families so her childcare journey began. Bonita is also passionate about holistic wellness, and is qualified in children's yoga, mindfulness and baby massage.
Educator & Trainee
Elise has recently completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Enhance Training and has already commenced her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care while working with our centre. As a trainee, Elise is able to earn while she learns and bring her new skills into the workplace. Clearly now working in a field she loves, Elise has progressed rapidly and is leading our babies room, working with our families and establishing routines.
Educator & Trainee
Our beautiful Laura has completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care! Laura is one of our amazing Koala Room educators, and we love her as much as the babies do! She loves supporting babies in their individual routines and families in their parenting journey. She is warm, nurturing and brings a sense of peace and calm wherever she goes. She is also Mum to the adorable Evie and also just bought a house! Congratulations Laura on completing your qualification, buying your dream home and just for being all round awesome.

Work With Us

If you are interested in joining our team of Early Childhood Educators, get in touch with us to find out about upcoming opportunities.

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Hessel Children's Centre
91-93 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015
Get directions
(08) 8246 1522
Opening Hours
Monday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed