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Our Team

Our Leadership Team

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At Little Scholars School of Early Learning we recognise our educators as our greatest asset. We employ educators with a range of qualifications, skills and experience. We make every effort to recruit and retain the best possible early childhood staff to care for and educate your child. Our Leadership team offers over 125 years of combined experience in Early Learning and Education.

Hiring industries best educators

Our commitment to quality care and education has the industries best educators aspiring to be part of our team. We understand the importance of consistency and stability with your child’s educator and aim to instill trust and routine for our children.

We have thorough recruitment procedures to ensure all staff have the appropriate skills and experience for the position they hold. Little Scholars educators are provided with extensive professional development and training opportunities throughout their employment to enhance their skills and keep up to date with current knowledge of best practice in early childhood education. 

We carry out regular professional development appraisals to gain an understanding of the skills, knowledge and attitude of individual staff members. We aim to support the professional development of each staff member and create opportunities for them to develop their proficiency.

Being positive role models

Our team of educators work in partnership with families to provide a service that meets the needs of the children, parents and the teaching team. Children learn from staff behaviour and consequently staff are expected to be positive role models. Staff model a variety of behaviours including communication skills, acceptance of health and hygiene practices and other appropriate behaviours.

At our Early Learning centres our Educators are nurtured and their skills are challenged. We respect the staff’s initiative, innovation and attention to quality, as well as their commitment to the children and their families.


Sasha Maher

Little Scholars Ashmore

Centre Manager

Ricky Lee

Ricky-Lee Glasson

Little Scholars George St

Centre Manager

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Danica Woolfe

Little Scholars Redland Bay South

Centre Manager

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Alice Micklewright

Little Scholars Burleigh

Centre Manager

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Taylor Habershon

Little Scholars Stapylton

Centre Manager

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Julie Goodall

Little Scholars Yatala

Centre Manager


Natalie Carey

Little Scholars Deception Bay

Centre Manager

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Renee Hallam

Little Scholars Nerang

Centre Manager

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Charlotte Ivanes

Little Scholars

Centre Support Manager


Nina Lorenzato

Little Scholars Redland Bay

Centre Manager


Anne Blom

Little Scholars

Administration Manager

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Melanie Excell

​Little Scholars Operations Manager

​Melanie Excell has over 15 years’ experience in the Early Learning and Education industry and is a university trained teacher, holding a Bachelor of Education and is passionate about early education and preparing children for a successful future.   Melanie has worked in various roles in the Early Childhood and Education sector including teaching, Centre Director, Area Manager of both small and large groups of centres across Australia and more recently a senior management position in a large childcare company.

As a mother of two beautiful boys Melanie is able to manage her centres wearing many hats, ensuring that our centres are meeting the needs of the parent as well as the child, ensuring the very best outcomes for all involved. Melanie is dedicated to the early education sector to ensure the best level of care is available to our future generations.  She is also passionate about mentoring, guiding and training our educators to ensure they are fully equipped to deliver a high standard of care and education to all children in their care.

Melanie enjoys working collaboratively with all stakeholders to create safe, welcoming and playful learning environments in our centres, which will in turn provide an optimal learning space for children.

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Jae Fraser

Little Scholars Founder

Little Scholars School of Early Learning was created by Jae Fraser, a University Qualified Early Childhood Educator with over 18 years hands on experience in Early Childhood Education. Academic credentials include a Bachelor of Education, Advanced Diploma of Early Childhood Education and several business management qualifications spanning across the many spectrums of the child care and education industry.

To compliment these achievements, Jae has worked in all sectors of the child care industry from Teacher at the hands on level through to centre management and operations senior management positions throughout Australia and Singapore. Jae is an executive of the Australian Child Care Alliance and is an active advocate for children and education.

Working With Children Checks

We carry out reference checks on all staff employed at the centre to gain an understanding of the competence, reliability and attitude of the candidates. To comply with the Child Protection (Prohibited Employment) Act 1998 and the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998, a Working with Children check is done on all full, part-time and casual employees as well as ongoing visitors who will be working with the children.