Our Team

Meet Our Centre Director

Meet Hana Simes, Hessel Children’s Centre’s 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 Children’s Services. 

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
Baby Room Lead Educator
Nina has more than five years' experience in early childhood education. 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. Mel is warm and 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.
Kindy Room Lead Educator
Jo has had many year's experience in early childhood across a variety of settings including long day care, preschool, and early learning centres. She is passionate about supporting children's learning and independence by providing consistent routines and a calm, yet stimulating environment.
Toddler Room Educator
This is Renee's first year working in Early Childhood after completing her Cert III as a Year 12 VET student last year. 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
Kim has 4 years experience in Early Childhood, working as both an educator and team leader. Kim is passionate about supporting families in their parenting role, and providing individualised care to all children. She is also the master of sleep routines!

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.

Current Opportunities

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Hessel Children's Centre
91-93 Commercial Rd, Port Adelaide SA 5015
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(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