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About Us

Office Team

Andre Cur­bach — Project Manager

I have stud­ied Edu­ca­tion­al Sci­ence (Ped­a­gogy) and Eco­nom­ics back in Europe and have always been pas­sion­ate about edu­cat­ing chil­dren. Teach­ing my own chil­dren main­ly His­to­ry and Geog­ra­phy is just one way of express­ing this passion.

Since mov­ing to Alice I have been man­ag­ing the Qan­tas Club at the Air­port and worked for the local town coun­cil. For many years pri­or to arriv­ing in Alice I have been man­ag­ing remote Island Resorts of the Indone­sian Main­land. So I know first hand what it means to work and live in a very iso­lat­ed remote place like Alice. The only dif­fer­ence being now get­ting Desert instead of Island bound.

I have been employed as the schemes Project Man­ag­er since July 2019 and look after the entire oper­a­tion of ASFDC.


Pen­ny Whyte — Admin­is­tra­tion Officer

I have worked for ASFDC for 9 years under­tak­ing the role of Admin­is­tra­tion Offi­cer. I man­age the day to day admin­is­tra­tion of the office, includ­ing date entry, recep­tion, fil­ing, copy­ing, stock con­trol and receipt of monies. I also main­tain Edu­ca­tor and children’s records, main­tain the edu­ca­tor, staff and board of Man­age­ment reg­is­ters along with the com­plaints reg­is­ter as required under the Edu­ca­tion and Care Ser­vices Nation­al Reg­u­la­tions and Law. 

I also facil­i­tate a play gym ses­sion month­ly con­duct­ing a gross motor ses­sion for the ser­vices chil­dren in care and man­age the Toy and Edu­ca­tor resource library by mon­i­tor­ing the loan and return of toys, they are fit for pur­pose and cleanliness.

In the last 12 months I have tak­en on more of the finance role under­tak­ing the pro­cess­ing of Edu­ca­tor pays, man­ag­ing the Child Care Sub­sidy sys­tem, the invoic­ing of Edu­ca­tor admin­is­tra­tion fees and pay­ment of accounts.


Glen­da List — Senior Edu­ca­tion Sup­port Coordinator

Alice Springs has been my home for a good 38 years I have 3 Adult chil­dren and 6 grandchildren.

Dur­ing this time I gained my Diplo­ma in Ear­ly Child­hood and I have worked in the child care indus­try for over 30 years. I worked as an edu­ca­tor for 21 years and then left to work in a Child­care Cen­tre as an Assis­tant Direc­tor for 7 years which was a huge learn­ing curve for me.

I was then asked about com­ing to work for ASFDC as a coor­di­na­tor which I have now been work­ing as for 7 years or more. And once more there was more learn­ing adjust­ing to a dif­fer­ent role.There have been a lot of changes in the Child­care Indus­try in this time some good some not so good. The one thing that nev­er changes for me is the enjoy­ment I get from the chil­dren in care and their whole curios­i­ty about their world around them.

I think Fam­i­ly day Care offers chil­dren a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to be in care at the same place and same time as their sib­lings from babies to school age.


Sarah Craw­ford — Edu­ca­tion Sup­port Coordinator 

As a Child Care Work­er and then Mum of two young boys I became involved with Alice Springs Fam­i­ly Day Care in 2003. Work­ing with fam­i­lies and their chil­dren is a great priv­i­lege, and being able to com­bine that with the love of being with my own chil­dren, at home, was the per­fect fit. My own fam­i­ly grew to four and along with that I grew pro­fes­sion­al­ly, enjoyed dif­fer­ent expe­ri­ences, made many great mem­o­ries and friends. I am now for­tu­nate to be able to work in the scheme office sup­port­ing Edu­ca­tors, in their busi­ness, pro­vid­ing qual­i­ty care, with­in spe­cial part­ner­ships, to the fam­i­lies of Alice Springs.