Meet Our Team

Torquay Kids Childcare Centre

We pride ourselves on the dignity and respect that is shown to children with an emphasis on developing a sound social and emotional set of skills for childrens upcoming formal schooling years and learning

Our Team

Jay McBean

Nominated Supervisor / Centre Manager
I am the Nominated Supervisor / Centre Manager here at Torquay Kids Early Learning Centre. I have been privileged enough to be a part of this amazing Centre since 2012. I hold a Diploma of Early Childhood which I completed here at Torquay Kids in 2014.
In 2013 I was nominated and won Educator of the year for the Australian Family Education and Care Awards for Queensland. A major achievement in my 13 years of being in the Childcare industry.I pride myself on getting to know each and every family member that attends our Centre and can proudly say I know the names of each person that walks in our front door. I am happily married with three daughters my eldest daughter currently attends The Australian Defense Force Academy, while our other daughters attend High School. My aim is to provide an environment for children that is caring, trusting, respectful, loving, and supportive of children’s individual needs in all areas of development. I invite you to visit our Centre and experience the Torquay Kids difference.

Kylie McDonald

Educational Leader
I am the Educational Leader and Assistant Centre Manager for Torquay Kids Early Learning Centre. I have been part of the Torquay Kids Early Learning Family since 2013. I have worked as the Lead Educator of several of our rooms.
My strengths are the strong relationships I have built with our families over the years and the connections I have with the children. My passion is leading a room and creating beautiful learning environments for the children to learn and grow. I take great pride in my environments, spending many hours creating resources to enhance children’s learning. Another strength is my ability to document. I love creating journals for families to take home, captivating each child’s journey of discovery and unique abilities, along with planning educational experiences which align with the current curriculum, Centre Philosophy, Code of Ethics and National Quality Standards. These strengths have led to my appointment as Educational Leader where I assist our amazing educators to provide wonderful learning programs. I have my Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and have commenced my Bachelor of Education Early Childhood – Teachers Degree. My Early Childhood Career began on the Gold Coast where I worked at a Centre for 11 years, beginning as an Educator, working my way up to a management position. I also worked for several years as an Outside School Hours Care Coordinator at a school. I have 3 beautiful children, a daughter and twin boys. I encourage you to come visit our beautiful centre at any time, we would love to welcome you to our family.

Emily Curtin

Pre Kindy Lead Educator
I have been working here at Torquay Kids Early Learning Centre since August 2019. I am the Lead Educator in the Pre Kindy room and hold my Diploma in Early Childhood and Care.
I am personally committed to caring for each child to the best of my ability and will endeavour to provide each child with love and respect in an environment where they feel safe and secure. I believe that children learn through play and I am always looking for new ideas and experiences that will enrich your children’s day while helping them develop and play. I live with my partner and our little kitten Buddy.

Dani Ray

Junior Kindy Lead Educator
I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood and Care and have been a part of the Torquay Kids family since 2014. I commenced working at Torquay Kids as a student while I completed my studies and have worked my way up to room leader. I am currently the Lead Educator in the Junior Kindy room.
My strengths are my determination and focus to create safe and supporting environments for all the children. I aim to build positive and nurturing relationships with all children in my care to allow them to feel safe, secure, and supported each day. I also thrive to build those positive relationships with families too, to allow them to feel comfortable when dropping off their children into my care. I am happily married with three beautiful daughters. I am a very family orientated person and on weekends we enjoy renovating our family home. I would love to see you all visit our service and become a part of our Torquay Kids Family.

Samantha Hinz

Toddlers Lead Educator
My name is Samantha however I am more affectionately known by many of the children, staff and parents as ‘Miss Sammy’. I have been a part of the Torquay Kids family since 2012. During this time, I have filled several roles and am now a Lead Educator in the Toddler Toom. I have a Certificate Three in Children’s Services and will hold a Diploma in Early Childhood and Care qualification by the end of 2021.
They say that “education begins the moment we see children as innately wise and capable beings. Only then can we play in their world”. Every day I aim to provide a warm, nurturing environment, scaffolding children to become the best versions of themselves. I welcome all children celebrating each of their strengths and marvelling at how each personality moulds together to form our own little community. One in which I love being a part of. I am married to my childhood sweetheart of 15 years and together we have two little boys aged. We are a family filled with adventure, and love nothing more than packing up our old four-wheel drive and seeing where the road takes us. With our children, we enjoy camping, fishing, motorbike riding and my newest interest… archery. Our door is always open, feel free to come, play and find out what makes us uniquely us…

Amanda Simovska

Early Childhood Teacher
I am the Kindergarten Teacher and hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. I have been working in the Early Childhood Sector since 1993 and have revisited formal university study twice during this time. I have a strong passion for early childhood education as the early years are the foundation to a lifelong journey of learning.
My strengths are my genuine nature and willingness to connect and listen to families and children, to collaborate on their learning journey in the kindergarten program. My teaching practices and principles are strongly influenced by theorists that focus on early intervention, collaborative learning, emotional and social development, and the importance of relationships. My partner and I have recently joined the Hervey Bay community and look forward to many years of exploring the natural beauty that surrounds us. We love kayaking, walking the dogs, gardening, and camping in our spare time. All our children and grandchildren live interstate and are looking forward to visiting us in Hervey Bay. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to our kindergarten program.