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 has spent 20 years working with a range of companies from early stage high growth ventures, through to large, established multinational 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
Operations 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
Head of Sales & 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.
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.
National People & Culture Manager – Michelle Ashworth
Michelle has a Masters in Business Administration and holds certifications in Human Synergistics, DISC, Lominger and Prosci. Michelle is a HR generalist and brings to the role over fifteen years of leading HR practice across the entire employee lifecycle in various sectors. Michelle has a passion for improving workplace culture and ensuring systems and processes are agile and aligned to support building a first class employee and customer experience. Michelle truly believes the employees are the Companies best asset and as she is new to the sector she is looking forward to contributing to and supporting the Kids Club journey ahead.
Customer Service Manager – Mellissa Campisi
Mellissa has led and managed a Children’s Services centralised administration team for over 15 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge of how the family accounts are processed within the Childcare software and has a good understanding of how Child Care Subsidy works. Mellissa understands the importance of developing and implementing processes and procedures to improve the Customer experience for families in Children’s Services.
Educational Director – Shelli Hanson
Shelli Hanson has been in the early childhood field for over 22 years and holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood.
To say Shelli is an asset to Kids Club is an understatement. Shelli’s passion for helping shape a child’s future is inspiring and is matched only by her knowledge in the field of early childhood development. Shelli works closely with the Kids Club Centre Directors to ensure the best practice and education is being delivered to exceed the National Quality Standards.
NSW Area Manager – Kristy Simpson
With over ten years’ experience working with children of all ages, Kristy has extensive industry knowledge alongside a Bachelor degree of Education (Early Childhood), an Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management and an a NESA trained and approved supervisor. She understands the importance of early childhood education and ensuring our children are exposed to countless opportunities, giving them an advantage early on in their education.
Kristy has worked closely with educators and services to provide learning environments, intentional teaching and quality curriculums. She strives to support educators within their roles, extending on their knowledge and passion.
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.
VIC Area Manager – Renee Elliot
Working in the Early Childhood Education sector for the last decade, Renee is a degree qualified educator, having attained a Bachelor of Education. Through her studies, many years of experience and passion for the industry, she have developed a thorough understanding of what it takes to maximise your children’s early learning and development.