Our staff

Our staff

BlocksMia Mia's specialist teaching team and other qualified staff work with your family to create a program for your child based on the National Quality Standard and Early Years Learning Framework.

Mia Mia's staff are committed to:

  • Leading children in discovery and inquiry based learning by providing them with opportunities to make choices, explore, observe, play, problem-solve and imagine.
  • Giving clear and regular feedback about your child's development.
  • Creating a safe, aesthetically pleasing and stimulating environment where children can flourish.
  • Building mutually trusting and respectful relationships.
  • Valuing diversity, equity and social justice.
  • Evaluating programs so they continue to meet educational needs.
  • Taking part in ongoing professional development.
  • Enhancing community awareness and understanding of early childhood theories and practice.

Mia Mia's staff also:

  • Give lectures and provide leadership to students of the Institute of Early Childhood on campus and in other professional forums.
  • Believe that each child and family should have interesting learning experiences, feel a sense of belonging and get involved.
  • Happily welcome visiting researchers, students, educators, academics and others who come to Mia Mia to observe, conduct research or to be trained and mentored.

We have lower child to carer ratios and higher levels of trained staff than recommended.

Staff qualifications  and staff-to-children ratios are outlined here.

6 weeks -

2 years program

12 children

2 full-time Early Childhood Teacher (Early Childhood Degree/ 1 with Masters Children's Literature)

1 full-time Assistants (Diploma - Children's Services)

1full-time Assistant (Certificate 3)

2 - 3 years program

16 children

2 full-time Early Childhood Teacher (Early Childhood Degree)

1 full-time Assistant (Diploma - Children's Services)

1 full-time Assistant (Certificate 3)

3 - 5 years program 23 children

2 full-time Early Childhood Teachers (2 with Early Childhood Degree)

1 full-time Assistants (Certificate 3)

Outdoor program   1 full-time Early Childhood Teacher (Early Childhood Degree)
Other staff Director

full-time Early Childhood Teacher (Early Childhood Degree/Early Childhood Masters)

full-time Administrative Assistant

part-time Administrative Assistant

part-time Cook

part-time Programming relief

full-time RDO relief

full-time relief

part-time Assistant


Our Director

Wendy ShepherdLuke Touhill BEd (Early Childhood), Phd

Luke Touhill is the Director of Mia Mia Child and Family Study Centre and an academic in the Department of Educational Studies. Luke has worked in the early childhood sector for over 25 years with extensive experience in teaching, management and leadership roles. He is a well-regarded presenter of professional learning for early childhood educators and has written widely about teaching and learning for young children. He has a strong research interest in the design of early childhood learning environments and the use of “real” materials and experiences to foster children’s learning.

Luke’s publications include: Living Spaces: Indoor Learning Environments (2017); Kids in the Kitchen (2013) and Meaningful Conversations with Children (2013).

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