About Us

Happy Sustainable Education

We’re devoted to providing a better tomorrow for all children.

Sustainable Play Preschool is an early education centre hoping to open this autumn 2021.
Our centre will provide delicious plant-based food and encourage playful learning in an environment surrounded by sustainable, conservationist practices. Follow us on social media where we’ll announce our official opening date, once we receive it from NSW Department of Education.

We’re passionate about early childhood education and sustainability, and want to make a difference in the world. We want to encourage children that they can too. 

Our first centre, located north of Lake Macquarie in Barnsley, NSW, is open for preschool tours! Book your centre tour online here.

Sustainable Ideology

Sustainable ideology lives at the heart of our service. We utilise rainwater tanks and rooftop solar panels, maintain a vegetable garden, buy Australian made and recycled products, and support local businesses and farmers where possible.

Play-Based Learning

Our curriculum has a strong focus on fun, play-based learning experiences, guided by the Early Years Learning Framework. We take a holistic approach to education and child development. 

Plant-Based Meals

Children rely on the right balance of nutrients for healthy growth and development. Our plant-based meals and snacks are dietician-approved and made fresh, daily onsite by our cook. Delicious plant-based food is included in our service fees – one of the perks in choosing our centre!

Water and Energy use

We use water and conserve energy to conserve resources, operate efficiently and save money. With solar panels and rainwater tanks installed, we reduce our dependence on mains water and energy, use the recycled water for our vegetable garden, and teach children about the social and environmental benefits! 

Supporting Local Businesses

We buy Australian-made products where possible to support local businesses and farmers, minimise the distance the products need to travel, and to provide the freshest produce possible!

Bush Kindy

Our ‘bush kindy’ program will focus on connecting children with nature and building skills to navigate terrain, identify plants and animals, and learn basic survival skills. We are fortunate to be able to take a short walk up our quiet street and into the bush – an area with trails and many opportunities for experiences in nature. 

Eco-friendly

With a focus on eco-friendly practices, we hope to encourage children to develop an appreciation of the environment.

Qualified and Passionate Educators

All of our trained educators are passionate about working in Early Education and hold a strong interest in sustainability, plant-based nutrition and/or eco-friendly practices.

Community

We want to add value to the community, by hosting workshops and events. We’re passionate about involving the local community!

Join The Team

Interested in Working With Us?

Are you passionate about early childhood education and sustainability? Get in touch to find out more about job opportunities in our new centre.
Kirsty Parker
Kirsty Parker
Preschool Director

An advocate for children’s education and sustainable living, Kirsty has worked in Early Childhood Education since 2009, with 6 of these years as an Educational Leader.

Kirsty believes that every child has the right to access a quality education where they feel safe, secure and supported to learn and develop. She supports play-based learning and believes that positive learning experiences in the early years sets up the foundation for a life-long love of learning.

As the Preschool Director, Kirsty believes in leading by example and treating others with respect, encouraging educators to work to their strengths and support them in developing their capabilities with mentoring and guidance.

At home, Kirsty and her family enjoy growing and harvesting produce from their own gardens, spending time outdoors with their dogs, and being active. Their house is equipped with solar power, rainwater tanks and a large worm farm to recycle food scraps and feed their gardens.

Kirsty couldn’t pass the opportunity she saw in working for Sustainable Play Preschool, creating a better future for all by educating the next generation of future leaders.

Anneliese Wild
Anneliese Wild
Trainee Educator

Anneliese began her career in graphic design, both studying and working during University. Post-graduation, she transitioned her cheery passion towards the field of sustainability, working in bush regeneration, organic farming, vegan cafe hospitality and regenerative agriculture. Her travels took her all the way to Japan, where she taught preschoolers English. She returned in 2020 and is thrilled to pursue a career in Early Childhood on home soil with the passionate folks at Sustainable Play.

Anneliese is fascinated with learning ways to grow, preserve, share and celebrate food in sustainable ways. She believes the many dimensions of food provide a perfect approach for engaging young learners in the concepts of respect, ecology and care for the Earth.

In her spare time, she loves to potter ‘bout the garden, spend time with her nephews (3 & 5), go for an ocean dip, mend clothes, knit socks, volunteer, search for Newie’s best toastie, rollerblade, and tend to her cupboard full of ferments.

Llewellyn Jones
Llewellyn Jones
Company Director

Llewellyn started his career in the construction industry, passionate about sustainability but discouraged by the waste and practices he observed.  Working in the industry exposed him to how significantly all systems needed to improve to keep a healthy planet.

Inspired to contribute beyond the construction industry, Llewellyn gravitated toward early education and began working as a trainee educator. This affirmed his belief that early education is of the utmost importance to the development of children and a perfect environment to strengthen sustainable and ethical values in children and the community.

Knowing he could not bring together his vision for Sustainable Play Preschool alone, in 2017 Llewy began putting together a team of passionate people with diverse professional experience and industry backgrounds.

Tammy Carlin
Tammy Carlin
Diploma Educator

Tammy is our colourful Newcastle native who loves working with children. She began her childcare career in 2007 at a centre in Cardiff as a Certificate III Trainee, and continued working as she received her Diploma – working for the same centre for 14 years! As a Diploma Room Leader she spent time in all age groups and loves them all.

With her interest in sustainability, she was elected “Sustainability Officer” at her last centre, which involved setting up and maintaining the vegetable gardens, worm farms and compost, while working on initiatives to reduce waste.

She is a big animal lover and became vegan for animals in 2017. Tammy has remained vegan for animal welfare first, but now also for personal health and the health of the planet. In her spare time, Tammy is a fitness fanatic – enjoying boxing, Kempo jiu-jitsu and holds her Certificate IV in Fitness with the Australian Institute of Fitness.

Tammy is pleased to join the amazing team at Sustainable Play Preschool and to help shape the future for our children, the animals and the environment.

Jodi Dean
Jodi Dean
Assistant Director
Brooke Ravenscroft
Brooke Ravenscroft
Preschool Cook

Brooke is a mother of two young children and a lifelong lover of the plant-based lifestyle for the children, the animals and their future.  Her past career in event management involved working with caterers and discouraging plant-based options, which along with her growing children inspired her career change to train as a plant-based chef with a focus on wholefoods and nutrition. Brooke has attended cooking schools in Sydney, Thailand and Mullumbimby.

She loves expressing her creativity with fruits and vegetables and sharing the life changing health benefits and positive impacts of a plant-based lifestyle.

Brooke has proudly developed Sustainable Play Preschool’s plant-based menus with home made, colourful, fun, nutritious, delicious and dietitian approved meals and snacks that are different to the more processed and ‘convenient’ foods of most daycare service menus. She hopes to inspire other centres, schools and families to “be the change we wish to see in the world” and join us in developing a positive food system.

In her free time, Brooke talks about food, reads about food, cooks food for family and friends and wonders what food she will make next! She’s honoured to be part of the team at Sustainable Play and looks forward to sharing her love of beautiful plant-based food with the staff, children and community.

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