At Kids Club we understand and embrace the fact that 83% of any one person’s learning is within the first five years of their life. Chief executive officer Corie Stone has worked alongside with a handpicked team of key professionals to ensure that Kids Club offers the best education and care facility available.
Kids Club Early Childhood Learning Centres have been established to ensure that all children and families receive the best quality care and education. We do this through our carefully selected professionals and our ever-changing philosophy.
CEO – Corie Stone
Corie has been involved in childcare for over 17 years in both Long Day Care and Before and After School Care, with significant and direct experience in all aspects of Long Day Care operations including site notification, development, construction, licensing process (council, DEC, ACECQA – and all other required approvals), operations and management, programming and HR. He is also a member of a number of industry bodies (both regulatory and private). Corie is primarily responsible for new business development and operations.
Operations support & Events Co-ordination – Sally Stone
Sally has over 10 years of experience in the Early Childhood Education Industry and currently holds her Diploma in Children Services. With a strong passion for business and as a highly motivated member of the team, Sally prides herself on exceptional customer service and plays an integral role in ensuring that our parents and children receive the best experiences and attention they deserve by working with the team in designing and organising fun-filled events.
Chief Financial Officer – Ian Fionda
Ian is an experienced Corporate Finance, Investment Banking and Accounting professional, who has a 1st Class Honours degree in Accounting & Finance and is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales). Ian has spent 19 years working with a range of companies from early stage high growth ventures, through to large, established multi-national organisations, including working closely with a number of early education providers. Prior to joining Kids Club Ian was a Managing Director at PwC and was previously a Director at Barclays Capital. Ian is passionate about the industry, and has joined the Kids Club team to provide financial leadership and support for the continued growth of its premium quality early education services.
Business Finance Manager – Scott Thomson
Scott has worked in the Finance and Accounting industry for over 20 years. He worked for 11 years in Switzerland in various positions with SITA as a Financial Controller and later in FP&A and the CFO office. Following this, Scott moved his family back to Australia where he has worked as a consultant on various projects including financial modelling for childcare projects. Scott has been working with Kids Club to build our Financial Business model and to assist with obtaining development financing. Scott has joined the senior leadership team to help Kids Club grow our premium early childhood learning service along the eastern seaboard of Australia.
Operations and Business Development – Helen Korch
Helen has over ten years of management experience and prides herself on customer service.
She is passionate about educating and caring for children. Helen is an extremely motivated professional whose aim is to ensure our processes achieve a consistent high standard throughout all our centres. She works closely with the Kids Club Area Managers and Centre Directors to ensure best practice and quality education is being delivered to exceed the National Quality Standards.
VIC Regional Manage – Natalie Dalpra
Natalie holds a Diploma in Children’s Services and has worked within the Early Education Sector for the past 10 years. Within this period, Natalie’s love and passion for the sector has been immersed across various roles, such as: Room Leader, OSHC Coordinator, Centre Director and of late, Area Manager for the past three years. What sits so close to Natalie’s heart is the quote of Nelson Mandela “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Natalie strives for nothing more than to help shape the lives of the Children within our care and community, and make such an impact on Children that will set them up for their future journey.
HR Consultant – Jenny Kemp
Jennie has 27 years of experience both in child care and in all aspects of human resources relating to child care.
She has undertaken extensive training in a range of relevant workplace areas of employment and will be a great support to the whole team. Jennie is striving to maintain a friendly and rewarding workplace culture at Kids Club for the benefit of all members of the team.
NSW Area Manager – Lauren Whitehead
Lauren was fortunate to find her career passion early on and has more than 9 years sector experience. Throughout this time she has journeyed through working directly with our future generation: Educational Leadership or Centre Management and loves being a leader of leaders in her Area Manager Role. Her ambition is to ensure our services are of the highest quality, providing beautiful, quality learning environments for children where they are encouraged to learn without limits. She believes on engaging children through their interests, offering a play based curriculum that is exciting and empowering and creating citizens of our community who have a lifelong love of learning and ongoing quest for knowledge
ACT Area Manager – Lauren Hampton
Lauren has a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and Primary Teaching and a Master’s in Educational Leadership. Her experience includes being a Preschool teacher, Nursery Room Leader, Educational Leader and Director.
Lauren then made the move into the VET sector where she did a mixture of customised training and qualification teaching in Early Childhood Education. After 2 years of teaching she is coming back into centres to work across Kids Club’s 3 centres in the ACT where she helps the teams meet our “Six-Star service”.
QLD Area Manager – Paula Wright
Paula has over 15 years’ experience in education and an Advanced Diploma in Child Care. During this time she has seen many exciting changes in the industry and has enjoyed learning and developing her skills while working with children and families.
For Paula, the best part of working in this profession is watching the children reach their developmental milestones while developing a love of learning. She believes that by building strong relationships with the children and their families we will create a safe and happy environment in which the children will thrive in.
Site Acquisitions – Jasmine Brown
Jasmine has been in business development within the residential and commercial property sectors for over ten years. For the last years Jasmine has worked solely in the childcare space from a property perspective, sourcing potential sites and negotiating contracts to reflect the intricate and unique requirements for childcare, whilst following current LEP and government legislation. Jasmine has direct experience in the full process of establishing a childcare centre from sourcing the property, site due diligence, agreeing terms, working with consultants and project management of the development application, communication with Councils, compliance, site visits, troubleshooting potential issues through to development application approval.
Project Manager – Justin Peebles
Justin is responsible for overseeing the development of our new early learning centres and the maintenance of our existing centres.
He is an experienced Construction Manager and a licensed Builder. Justin previously managed and completed upgrades of property and facilities across Queensland child care centres.
Enrolment Manager – Farshid Dijazi
Farshid has over 13 years of sales and customer management experience, looking after some major international brands.
He has a passion for providing a professional, comprehensive service to all families, helping them with permanent solutions.
His extensive experience in childcare and handling child at risk cases is a great addition to our team.
Head of Marketing – James Horton
James has a Masters in Marketing and a Bachelor in Visual Arts and Design. With over a decade of various marketing practices from big corporates to start-ups, James has a wide portfolio of campaigns across both agency and client-side work. He has a love for combining analytics with creative design and strategic thinking to develop marketing activities that leave a lasting and engaging experience. James works closely with the whole team at Kids Club to make sure that all marketing, branding and communication activities showcase the amazing services and offerings that our company brings to both children and their families alike.