Meet our Educators


Jackie Raine
4 Year Old Teacher and Centre Director

Jackie joined the staff at Donvale Preschool in 2009 as the Centre Director and 4 year old teacher. Jackie commenced teaching in 1996 after completing her Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, and her Post Graduate Diploma of Education / Early Childhood Psychology in 1999.  Jackie has been teaching for over 20 years and has a passion for working with children with challenging behaviors and additional needs. She feels very passionate about the children and families she works with and strives to work collaboratively with them throughout the year.


Kate Ferguson
3 Year Old Teacher

Kate joined Donvale Preschool in 2018. Kate teaches our three year old program on Mondays and Thursdays. She is passionate about engaging with children and connecting with them through their interests, strengths and personalities.


Clare Gooding
4 Year Old Teacher

Clare joined Donvale Preschool in 2015. She graduated in 2009 from Monash University and has since taught both three and four year old kinder groups within the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne. Clare currently teaches the children in the long day four year old class (Green Group). She is passionate about creating engaging and creative play spaces that inspire learning.


Bernadette Thomas
Assistant to the 3 and 4 Year Olds

Bernadette joined Donvale Preschool in 2019, as our Diploma Trained Educator in our long day class (green group) and as a co-educator within our 3 year old program. Bernadette has a passion for the natural environment and gardening which she loves to share with the children.

Anne-Marie Anderson
Assistant to the 3 Year Olds

Anne-Marie joined Donvale Preschool in 2015. Anne-Marie has enjoyed working as a Kindergarten Assistant for the last nine years at a variety of kindergartens, including a position as an Inclusions Aid for hearing impaired children. Anne-Marie has completed her Certificate III in Children's Services.

Anne-Marie loves working with children, sharing their special moments at kinder, while helping them feel safe and secure, as they explore and learn all the wonderful things there are, about being 4 years old.


Staff / Child Ratios

4 Year olds - up to 22 children with 1 Teacher & 1 Assistant Educator and/or up to 28 children with 1 Teacher & 2 Assistant Educators
3 Year olds - up to 22 children with 1 Teacher & 1 Assistant Educator

(plus parent helpers for each session)

In addition to their qualifications, all educators on site currently hold:
– Level 2 First Aid
– Asthma Training
– Anaphylaxis Training
– Fire Safety Training
– Child Protection / Safety Training