Kids College is a quality childcare centre with an EXCEEDING THE NATIONAL STANDARDS rating on the old system in 2016 and again on the new system in 2019. Kids College is proudly owned and managed by the Scafidas family. We were very lucky and finally had our dream come true, to create a wonderful loving childcare for children to enjoy and for parents to trust.
Nicholas and Craig Scafidas are our Directors, Wendy is our Administration Manger and Jennifer is our Manager, Nominated Supervisory Officer and Educational Leader. Our beautiful 16-year-old and 13-year-old daughters provide a child’s perspective. With such a strong involved management team it is important to all of us to choose dedicated early childhood education professionals to work with.
Our staffing team is highly qualified and most importantly have a love for children and a passion for childcare in their blood. Kids College is our third child and we welcome you to our centre. We send our children home every day having experienced love, laughter and learning.
Office staffing team
Jennifer Scafidas is our full time Manager, Educational Leader, Early Childhood Teacher and Nominated supervisory officer at Kids College since we opened our centre in 2010. I am constantly reading and studying and always have some study on the go. I have qualifications in South Africa and in Australia in Business, Psychology, Teaching and Childcare.
I also have a TAE, Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, Advanced First Aid certificate, Ngala Sleep management certificate, Parental Guidance Recommended Cancer council healthy eating certificate, Baby Massage instructors certificate, 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion coaching practitioner certificate, Mental Health Frist Aid and Scaredy Cats Anxiety management practitioner training.
I have two darling daughters at home and two fluffy doggy daughters too. I am so proud to be entrusted with the care and education for your precious little ones. Not many people are fortunate enough to have their dreams come true but I am very pleased my dreams have come true and I am able to welcome your family into our Kids College family.
Denise Hughes has been at Kids College since 2010 and is full time each day from 7:30am till 3:30pm. . She has gained her Cert III, her Diploma in Children’s Services and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree along with lots of professional development certificates. Denise is also one of our Supervisory officers. She works primarily in the office as our Kids College office fairy and extensively helps in the classrooms.
Denise has two sons, a husband and her crazy Jack Russel Dodger and his furry sister KC, who all keep her really busy. Denise is everyone’s best friend and her genuine friendship just warms your heart. Denise’s enthusiasm and dedication is a joy to be around and her love for the children shines. She is a beautiful lady inside and out.
Trudy Collins has joined our team in October 2016 and helps out everywhere for lunch cover, she is here full time from 10:30-3:30pm. is from Norfolk and has moved to Western Australia in 2012. Trudy’s children are all grown up now and she has chosen to create a change from her usual occupation as a hairdresser to pursue her love of teaching children and has joined the team at Kids College. Trudy is also a supervisory officer. Trudy has had extensive experience in working in schools in playgroups in the UK. She has achieved her Cert 111 in Children’s Services. You will see Trudy all over Kids College as she is our lunch cover lady who spends her days helping out in every room in the centre. Trudy is a very special lady who has a great sunny outlook on life and a great sense of humour.
Nicky Bielefeldt has been with us since February 2013. Nikki works full time alternating middle shifts with Makayla. Nikki has achieved her Cert III in Children’s Services and her Diploma in Children’s Services and now is the room head of our babies room program. Nikki is also a supervisory officer at Kids College. Nikki is also a supervisory officer. Nikki has been in the babies room all these years and has an amazing innate ability to understand and bond with our littlest people. She has a kind heart and has such a wonderful positive attiutde. Nikki’s cup is always half full. Nikki has her own little fur baby at home, Johnty who is an adorable dashund. She absolutely adores all the little babies and welcomes them into her heart. It is so wonderful to see such a fabulous young lady who takes such joy from her day everyday.
Makayla Crawford joined our team in 2019 and is currently studying a Cert 3 in Children’s Services. She was an assistant in our Toddlers room, has done relief in every room and has now been given to coveted position of assistant in the Babies room. Makayla is full time and alternates middle shifts with Nicky.
Makayla comes from a very big family and takes delight in babysitting for her little cousins, friends and neighbours. She has a very big passion for soccer and has been playing for 8 years for the North Beach Soccer Club. She has also been an associate player for the National Training Centre.
Courtney Buckley heads up our Toddlers room Explorers programn with Zali. Courtney is full time and alternates early and late shifts with Zali. Courtney has her Diploma In Children’s Services and is a supervisory officer. We met Courtney at Whitfords Chipmunks in 2016 and were blown away by this wonderful young lady. She has a passion for working with children and we are very happy to give her the opportunity to fulfill her dreams by welcoming her to Kids College. Courtney enjoys travel, art and sports. She is a huge AFL fan especially the West Coast Eages. Courtney is such an energetic lady who you can’t help but love. She has a heart of gold and all our little toddlers warm to her.
Clare Walters joined us in September 2018. She is an assistant in our Toddlers room and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in Toddlers and regularly helps out in the other rooms too. She will be helping out in all of our rooms while some of our lovely ladies take a well deserved break. In June she will move into the Toddlers room as a joint room head with Amy, as Courtney leaves to have her own little baby.
Clare has achieved her Cert 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and is studying a Diploma of Children’s Services. Clare is an avid Tae Kwon Do participant and has instructed at ATI Martial arts. She loves to bake, listen to music, hang out with friends and looking after her two bunnies. Clare loves being creative and takes great delight in playing outside with the children. Everyone absolutely loves her.
Shona Cranwell joined us in 2021. She is an assistant in our Toddlers room and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in Toddlers and regularly helps out in the other rooms too. Shona is at ECU studying Youth Work. She is drawn to supporting the emotional development in children and ensuring they are being guided and nurtured effectively. I believe a child must feel truly cared for before they have the ability to care for anything else. Sheloves the huge focus Kids College has on social emotional development. Shona has a puppy she adores, is creative with art and is part of a woman’s football team.
Dimi Rech started with us in 2021. She is an assistant in our Toddlers room and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in Toddlers and regularly helps out in the other rooms too. She has been working with children her whole life and has enjoyed many different roles She has worked as a live-in carer for at-risk children and as part of a long-term study group at a long-term residential treatment and rehabilitation program. She has two lovely teenage daughters and is ready to start her early childhood education career. In her spare time she loves going to the beach, eating ice cream and doting on her fur baby Oakley. Thinking back on her time with her own children she sees how wonderful and precious those early years are and she is dedicated to enjoying her days learning and playing with the children. She is looking forward to starting her Certificate 3 in Childcare.
Elise Airey joined Kids College in 2021. She is an assistant in our Toddlers room and is part of the job share team working mostly middle shifts two or three days per week in Toddlers and regularly helps out in the other rooms too. Elise has a Certificate III in Early Education and Childcare. She was born in Perth and grew up here with a passion for sport and loves being physically active. She has competed in high level netball and is a competitive swimmer. Elise is involved in Sorrento surf club volunteering since she was fourteen years old and has worked as swimming teacher at Craigie Leisure Centre. She is passionate about helping and teaching children to learn more about the world they are growing up in and to be strong and self-confident little people.
Alison Berry joined the Kids College team in April 2021 as part of the job share team working middle shifts in Toddlers Explorers. Alison attained her Certificate III in Children’s Services in 2019 and is excited about signing up to study a Diploma in Children’s Services this year. She has five years of experience in childcare and has two children of her own.
She loves to home make toys and is especially fond of recycling repurposing old items and reimagining them as creations that they have made together. Alison likes to feel like she has made a difference and wants to get to know each child and take delight in celebrating their achievements with them. Connecting with children through interactions that are fun for everyone and being part of those all important early years is a very special privilege.
3 Year Adventurers Program
Vera Sergeev joined Kids College in March 2019 and heads up our 3 year kIndy Adventurers program. Vera is full time and alternates early and late shifts. Sergeev. Vera joined Kids College in March 2019 and heads up our 3 year kIndy Adventurers program with Marketa. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and has over 19 years’ experience in working as an Early Childhood Educator in Perth. She also has some teaching experience.Vera loves working with young children and thinks that children are the wisest, kindest, amazing, most beautiful and magical humans on earth. Vera is very crafty and enjoys sewing and dressmaking, hand and machine knitting, crochet and bead embroidery and uses these skills to create different resources for children’s play and especially for the group mat sessions. Her family includes her husband, two grown up sons, her beloved Airedale terrier and two guinea pigs.
Our 4 Year Kindy Imagineers team
Christina Hird runs our 4 Year Kindy Imagineers program overseen by Teacher Jennifer in the office. Christina is full time 8:30-5pm every day. She graduated in 2018 from Edith Cowan University completing her Bachelor in Early Childhood Education. Teaching children is her passion. Her journey to becoming a teacher was 5 years long beginning in Tafe when she was 19. Christina completed a Cert 4 in teaching assistant. Ever since she was little she has known that teaching was the perfect job for her.She loves relaxing at home having downtime and catching up with friends and family. Christina loves to travel and loves seeing the world as it is humbling and provides important life lessons.
Our fabulous chefs in the Kids College Kitchen
Patricia Houston is part of our job share Chef team working alternate mornings with Natasha. She has her Cooking qualifications and has been with us since September 2010. She has two grown up children who she loves to bake for. She also has a fluffy baby doggy who is spoilt rotten. Patricia is a warm-hearted lady who is just adored by all our staff team. Patricia is always calm and happy. She has a very positive outlook on life and is a great friend and confidant to all of us. She is so amazing with her cooking, the food tastes amazing and she makes it all look easy. Patricia cooks with special magic that ensures all the children love her food. Our Chef Trish is truly a wonderful lady.
Natasha Bezuidenhout is the other half of our job share Chef team working alternate morning with TrishNatasha also had her cooking qualifications and joined our team in 2017. Natasha is a lovely, happy, bubbily energetic lady who we have really enjoyed welcoming to Kids College. She is the mother of two teenage boys and as such her fabulous cooking skills are very much appreciated. Natasha enjoys her days with the smaller little children who she just adores and filling them up with healthy wonderful hearty meals. Natasha is a bubble of energy and entertains us all with her quirky sense of humour.
Did you know that ALL our staffing team have professional development in all these important areas?
- Qualifications in childcare and/or teaching
- First aid
- Anaphylaxis management
- Allergy management
- Asthma management
- Fire safety
- Food safety
- Occupational Health and safety
- Hygienic practices
- Behaviour guidance
- Child protection
- Keyword signing
- Social Emotional learning programs
- Early Years Learning Framework
- National Quality Framework
- Code of ethics
EARLY CHILDCARE EDUCATORS APPRECIATION DAY
At Kids College we celebrate Early Childhood Educators day every year in September. We are asking all of our lovely families to please send us an email on [email protected] and/or leave a review on our Kids College Childcare facebook site letting our wonderful staffing team know how much you love and appreciate all the hard work, love and dedication they have to caring and teaching your beautiful children.
Quote from Kids College Philosophy
‘We have a positive workplace culture that values and supports our profession as early childhood educators. We believe in our team of enthusiastic educators who genuinely enjoy being part of children’s lives and enjoy creating warm responsive relationships with a foundation based in secure bonding and attachments.’
National Quality Standards
6.1.3 Current information is available to families about the service and relevant community services and resources to support parenting and family wellbeing.
4.1.1 The organisation of educators across the service supports children’s learning and development.
4.1.2 Every effort is made for children to experience continuity of educators at the service.
Kids College family
At Kids College we work each day embedding our values and philosophy into each facet of what we do. We continually improve our practices by critically reflecting and engaging in meaningful relationships with our community and for this we need your support and input. Make sure to follow Kids College Childcare on facebook, watch for our regular emails and keep an eye on our Kids College website. Join our Kids College family community and share in our vision of creating the very best childcare where children experience love, laughter and learning every day. You can reach us on [email protected]
With love, laughter and learning from your friends in the
‘village it takes to raise a child’
Teacher Jen and the Kids College Childcare family