Our Team

Expert and Passionate

The early years are the most critical stage of children’s development and our educators will be committed to doing all they can to nurture this during their time with us. Our team will follow the certified Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) and the National Quality Standard (NQS) for early childhood education. The EYLF in particular supports play-based learning through the guiding principles of Belonging, Being and Becoming.

Let them discover their Wildhood!

At Mango Hill Early Learning our expert team will take the value of early childhood education very seriously, so will provide you with regular updates about what your child is experiencing during the day. You will be confident that your child is happy, safe and well cared for by people who are caring, capable, trustworthy, honest, knowledgeable and reliable. Our communications with you will also be insightful and respectful, so we can both work together to enhance your child’s potential for happiness and greatness.

At Mango Hill Early Learning shoes will be optional, getting dirty will be compulsory and our inclusive, unique and play-based learning experiences will instil in your child a lifetime love of learning!

Traci Shirley

Centre Manager
Traci is our Centre Manager here at Mango Hill Early Learning. With over thirty five’ experience in Early Childhood Education. She has held a position in Leadership for over 20 years. Traci hails from Tasmania. She moved to Queensland with her family in 2003. She has 2 adult daughters and a husband, and she loves her german shepherd’s, Zeus & Percy. Traci holds her Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services and her Certificate 4 in Training and Assessment. Traci’s passion and dedication to the early childhood sector was ignited when she was 16 years old, when she started on her early years education journey. The most rewarding part of her job is forming relationships with children, families, and industry professionals. ‘I believe if you form a positive relationship, then that creates a safe, secure environment for the child and their families. Once trust is gained then learning is so much more authentic.’ Traci also believes in the rights of the child, and that each child’s needs should be catered for. She has always strived to lead an inclusive service, and enjoys working alongside educators that share the same vision’.

Alicia Thomas

Assistant Centre Manager / Educational Leader
Alicia is our Assistant Centre Manager and also hold the Educational Leader. She has worked in Early Childhood Education for over 15 years. Alicia has a Diploma of Children’s Services and is a Mum of 3 gorgeous boys. She believes that each child has individual needs should be provided for. Every child is unique. She is committed to ensuring that we provide a high quality educational program for each child that attends the Centre. She strongly believes that each child has their own unique learning style, and it is our role as Educators to find out this, so that each child reaches their full potential.

Kira Auld

Early Childhood Teacher
Kira is our Early Childhood Teacher delivering our Queensland Kindergarten approved Program. She grew up in Katherine, Northern Territory and moved to Brisbane with her family in 2008. She begun studying to be a primary school teacher. She completed her Bachelor of Primary Education in 2016 and then went on to complete her Diploma of Early Childhood Care and Education. Kira embarked on her journey as a Kindergarten Teacher, where she grew a passion for supporting children and families to become school ready. With a strong focus on inquiry-based learning, Kira ensures authentic learning opportunities for children to explore a big idea, in depth over a period of time. Throughout the inquiry cycle, Kira considers the diverse learning styles of individual children to ensure each child has their own unique perspective and influence of the educational program. Kira is committed to ensuring that the traditional owners of the land where we learn and play, the Gubbi Gubbi people’s perspectives are not only explored but embedded within the program. She aims for the children to develop the understanding of the rich culture of Australia thus creating a sense of respect and deeper understanding of our indigenous culture. Kira works hand in hand with families to ensure each child’s development and care is fostered.

Denise Dimmock

Senior Educator
Denise has been in early childhood education for more than 30yrs. With her husband, Steven, they have raised two children. They are blessed to also have two Grandchildren, Eamon and Jameson who definitely keep them on their toes. Denise holds her Diploma in Children’s Services. Observing children learn and grow to become independent little people is a very rewarding and satisfying part of Denise’s day. Building relationships with not only the children, but their extended family, is one of Denise’s strengths. Denise brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience and we are delighted to have her as a part of our team here at Mango Hill Early Learning

Tamsin Hodge

Senior Educator
Tamsin has always had a passion for education and care for younger children. She believes that children need the emotional and social support, just as importantly as educational care. She loves nature and the outdoors, and so her personal priorities aligns with our philosophy here at Mango Hill Early Learning. Tamsin holds her Diploma of Children’s Services She hope’s to create an environment that supports both the children in her care, but also the families.

Tyla Harrison

Senior Educator
Tyla has worked in early childhood education for over 6 years. She has her Diploma of Children’s Services. She is currently in her 3rd year of study in the Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). She is very passionate about the early years, and the importance of making every child feel worthy. Tyla has developed an interest in risky play. With Educators playing an important part to support each child when they choose to take risks. She also promotes physical and outdoor experiences for children, as when she is not here educating children you can find her on the football field. Tyla is very excited to be a part of Mango Hill Early Learning, and looks forward to forming meaningful relationships with both the children and the families.