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.