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Jae Fraser - 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.

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Melanie Excell - 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.

Charlotte Ivanes - Area Manager

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.

Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

Campus Manager Ashmore

Sasha Maher

I have been with Little Scholars for over 5 years now and have absolutely enjoyed my time with them.

I have been with Little Scholars for over 5 years now and have absolutely enjoyed my time with them, I can honestly say that I love my job and that Little Scholars are my extended family!
What I love about working with Little Scholars is the impact that I have at the Campus with the children, families, and educators – it is inspiring to know that what we do as educators is influencing the lives of so many in a positive way.
I have grown in many ways since working with Little Scholars, learning all the time, and I am currently being supported while I study my Bachelor of Early Childhood.
The Philosophy is in line with my personal values, and I love how the children are the forefront of all the decisions and practices that we make. I could not see myself being happier anywhere else, Little Scholars is my family, my home, and my future.
Campus Manager George St

Ricky Glasson

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.
Campus Manager Redland Bay

Terri Dunn

My career in Early Childhood Education started over 25 years ago and I have been a manager of several centres in that time.

My career in Early Childhood Education started over 25 years ago and I have been a manager of several centres in that time. Over the last few years, I have been following the Little Scholars Journey and have been thoroughly inspired by the beautiful environments, extra-curricular activities, and family time programs. When the opportunity arose in 2020 for me to join the team I jumped on board with enthusiasm. The extra care and attention to detail, the campus environments, the continual purchasing of new resources, the generous budgets, the ongoing opportunities for PD, the support from upper management and the support office has ensured that my job satisfaction levels are always high. At Little Scholars you feel valued not only as an employee but as a person. I cannot imagine working anywhere else!
Campus Manager Yatala

Taylor Habershon

I joined the Little Scholars family 6 years ago where I started off as an assistant Educator at Yatala.

I joined the Little Scholars family 6 years ago where I started off as an assistant Educator at Yatala, and then Little Scholars provided me the opportunity to be mentored, build on my confidence and further my career as a Campus Manager. I can confidently say that Little Scholar’s philosophy aligns with everything I believe in, not only as an educator but as a parent. When you are given the opportunity to be who you are and express yourself and beliefs within an early education curriculum, it only inspires you to become the best version of yourself. If I could describe my experience working at Little Scholars in one sentence it would be: the feeling of having a home away from home.
Enrolments Officer

Jaimie-Lee White

I joined the Little Scholars family 6 years ago where I started off as an assistant Educator at Yatala.

I joined the Little Scholars family 6 years ago where I started off as an assistant Educator at Yatala, and then Little Scholars provided me the opportunity to be mentored, build on my confidence and further my career as a Campus Manager. I can confidently say that Little Scholar’s philosophy aligns with everything I believe in, not only as an educator but as a parent. When you are given the opportunity to be who you are and express yourself and beliefs within an early education curriculum, it only inspires you to become the best version of yourself. If I could describe my experience working at Little Scholars in one sentence it would be: the feeling of having a home away from home.
Campus Manager Burleigh

Alice Micklewright

My journey with Little Scholars began 6 years ago and the moment I started as a Little Scholar educator I felt like I had found a place whose values aligned with mine.

My journey with Little Scholars began 6 years ago and the moment I started as a Little Scholar educator I felt like I had found a place whose values aligned with mine. I love the passion that goes into every element of Little Scholars and the foundation of why we do what we do every day. Over the years, I have had an incredible amount of opportunity to learn and grow. I started as an assistant educator and had the opportunity to be a Lead Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Campus Manager to now a Campus Manager. I was supported to rise to the challenge across each of my roles and have been pushed to be the best educator and leader that I can be. If there was one sentence, I could describe my experience working at Little Scholars it would be One big functionally dysfunctional family that wants the best for the future of our little people.
Campus Manager Nerang

Renee Hallam

I have been a Campus Manager for 18 months and my journey working at Little Scholars has been incredible.

I have been a Campus Manager for 18 months and my journey working at Little Scholars has been incredible. It is all about the children and the quality, which is what matters most, and Little Scholars resonates with my own personal values and philosophical approaches. At Little Scholars, we are beyond supported and encouraged when it comes to personal and professional growth and development and Little Scholars are always on board with supporting me to develop my skills through a variety of methods and training options. I love my role and find the most rewarding aspect is being able to support all children, families and educators as well being a part of the lives of our future generations. If I could describe my journey working at Little Scholars in one sentence – it would be “go for it, we have the most inspiring owners and leadership support team.
Campus Manager Redland Bay South

Carly Patterson

I have been in the childcare industry for the last 22 years and have been a childcare manager for the last 12 years.

My name is Carly and I have been working at Little Scholars since March this year and I have felt so overwhelmingly blessed to have been given the opportunity to move up as a Campus Manager with so much support behind me the whole way. I have been in the childcare industry for the last 22 years and have been a childcare manager for the last 12 years, and I have found a working space that inspires me with the way they put children and families first, and the amazing range of experiences that are provided for the children. Watching children grow and develop into amazing little people is the most rewarding thing about my role, and watching the children’s smiling faces as they walk through the door makes my day. We have our own Little Scholar’s family.”
Administration Manager

Anne Blom

Anne has over 12 years’ experience in ECEC, and is a qualified educator with lots of hand on experience.

Anne has over 12 years’ experience in ECEC, and is a qualified educator with lots of hand on experience. Anne has worked in all levels of the sector from hands on educator to holding the position of National Administration Manager for Australia’s largest Child Care Provider. Anne specialises in the monitoring of Qikkids and Debit Success functions and assists all Centre Managers with their administrations duties to allow them to focus on the children and business.
Campus Manager Deception Bay

Natalie Carey

If I could describe my journey working at Little Scholars, it would be my second family.

I have been with Little Scholars since they purchased the Centre in 2016 and I have been with this Centre for 11 years. I love how passionate everyone is about their role, and our Little Scholars family. I am inspired by all the other campus managers and our HO team who will literally drop what they are doing to support you if you need them. This has a follow-on effect throughout the staffing team, which then flows on to our Deception Bay family and community. Little Scholars have helped each one of us grow and develop at Deception Bay, and we could not have achieved what we have today without their guidance, individual and full team development.
Knowing that I, and every single one of our team members have made a difference in the lives of everyone who has walked through our doors is what makes my role so rewarding. I am so lucky to have a team who are as passionate about caring for not only our Little Scholars and their families, but our whole community. If I could describe my journey working at Little Scholars, it would be my second family.
Campus Manager Ormeau

Samantha Dougherty

I am the Campus Manager at Little Scholars newest addition to the family, the Ormeau Campus.

I am the Campus Manager at Little Scholars newest addition to the family, the Ormeau Campus. My journey with Little Scholars began in August 2016 when the Redland Bay Campus first opened. I started as Lead Educator and was supported tremendously to take on the positions of Assistant campus manager and educational leader. My journey continued far and wide, where I fulfilled roles at the Stapylton Campus and Yatala campus as assistant campus manager and educational leader, and it was throughout these years where I was given endless opportunities for personal growth and professional development to get to the role I am in now. From mentors to learning and development days – there are many contributing factors that have helped me gain the knowledge to achieve all the things I have over the past 5 years. Early childhood education is an ever-growing evolution of knowledge and skills, which Little Scholars will always stand behind to assist in the growth of each educator.
If I could describe my experience with Little Scholars in one sentence, it would be “mama always said, life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get…”. Every day is so crazily different, different challenges, different achievements – I would not have it any other way.
Campus Manager Stapylton

Riley Watene

My journey at Little Scholars began in 2016, where I began as an assistant educator and throughout my career I have worked as a Lead Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Campus Manager and just recently became the Campus Manager at Stapylton.

My journey at Little Scholars began in 2016, where I began as an assistant educator and throughout my career I have worked as a Lead Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Campus Manager and just recently became the Campus Manager at Stapylton.
The support and praise from management really inspired me to better myself as an educator, and in 2017 I received the Rising Star Award out of the whole Little Scholars campuses and from then I realized that my work was appreciated, and I had an amazing opportunity within the company. I would not be in the position I am today without the support from Little Scholars and the ongoing education and professional development.
If I could describe working at Little Scholars in a few words it would be inspiring, rewarding and fun. Being able to watch the children come in as babies and graduate off to school is incredibly rewarding and hearing the children yell out your name everyday truly makes your day.
Administration Support

Monique Anderson

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts.

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

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