Our People

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About Us Southport

Catherine Morato

Centre Manager

My name is Catherine and I’m the Centre Manager at My Cubby House Early Learning, Southport. I have been educating children within the Early Childhood Education sector for 18 years. I started as an Assistant Educator and progressed to an Early Childhood Teacher, and now have been a Centre Director for the last six years. I hold a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education and an Advanced Diploma in Management within the community sector.

I am passionate about children’s learning, particularly play-based learning theories. I also believe that children are capable learners that thrive in early childhood settings when relationships between family and educators are well-established with open communication.

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Amanda Darker

Assistant Director

My name is Amanda and I am currently Assistant Director and Education Leader of My Cubby House Early Learning. I have an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and have also studied The Early Years Framework at university level (Graduated Griffith University, 2013). I have gained at least a decade of experience in early childhood education with additional admin and banking roles.

I believe children should be viewed with a holistic approach as regarded in Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, which names family as a child’s first and most important educator. This is followed closely by a child’s early learning family. With both working together, it promotes Belonging (feeling safe), Being (wellbeing) and Becoming (effective learners). I believe a child’s opinion, voice and needs should always be valued from infancy onward. Promoting a sense of agency is important because “A person is a person no matter how small” – Dr Seuss. I promote and encourage an educational program based upon the Early Years Learning Framework. One of the main reasons for the introduction of this Framework was to educate future generations about equal acceptance. This is regardless of race, ability, culture or any other factors.

I am a mother of two children, boy aged 22 and a girl aged 18. They will always be my greatest achievement as most parents would understand.

At My Cubby House Early Learning, I am proud to be part of such a modern centre that is well appointed with caring, passionate and capable educators.

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Sharon Haywood


Hi my name is Sharon Haywood, I hold a diploma in Early Childcare and I’ve been working in the industry for the last seven years after a long history of administrative positions for companies in England (where I was born), New Zealand and Australia.

After raising my own two children (now 17 and 22!) it seemed a natural progression for me to enter the world of childcare in order to continue to experience the fulfillment gained by being part of those wonder years of early childhood.

After being a lead educator in babies and toddlers (an age I’m most passionate about) I jumped ship back into an administrative position.

So now I’m able to amalgamate all aspects of my background to hopefully make your journey through childcare the best experience possible.

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Shae Colbran

Educational Leader

I have been working with My Cubby House Early Learning for two years now. I received my Diploma in Children’s Services in 2009.

Originally, I started as a Lead Educator in our Junior Kindy classroom. Now you will see my smiling face in reception whether you are a new family or just visiting for the day. I love that I have more contact with all the families in the centre and I am always willing to help in any way possible to make your transition to childcare more relaxing.

Early childhood has been a great opportunity for me to observe how children learn and develop into independent people and I enjoy playing a part in their development and growth. I enjoy being a part of the My Cubby House team and working with each child and their family makes my job more fun than work.

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Teresa Brosas

Early Childhood Teacher, Pre-Prep 1

Hello families, my name is Miss Teresa and I am the Pre-prep 1 teacher. I have been in child care for over 10 years and 7 years as ECT. I received my Bachelor’s Degree from Griffith University in 2011 and have been working in the Early Childhood sector since then. I thoroughly enjoy my role as ECT and believe that this age plays a vital role in what children learn for life and thus feel strongly about my role in helping them be prepared as much as possible for the “real world”.

I am passionate about teaching and developing a positive relationship with both my students and their families. I also believe that working together with the families helps create positive role modelling for the child which develop better outcomes for all specially for the children. I am looking forward to working collaboratively with you and getting to know you and your children.

Miss Teresa

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Amy Haynes

Early Childhood Teacher, Pre-Prep 2

Hi, my name is Amy and I am the Early Childhood Teacher for Pre-Prep 1 at My Cubby House Early Learning. I hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education degree. I have worked in the industry for 11 years, including working within remote indigenous communities in the Northern territory.

I believe that it is important to create a classroom that is welcoming and positive where children can learn from one another, feel safe and comfortable and are able to share their thoughts and ideas. I believe it is important to provide a curriculum that is holistic and supports a child’s development, interests and wellbeing of children from diverse cultures and backgrounds. I believe each child is individually unique and that we need to enrich and enhance their early years by providing a safe, stimulating and supportive environment.