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Our expert and caring educators Robyn, Joanna and Tracy welcome the children into a safe and prepared classroom environment each day. 

We understand how energetic, curious, creative, and determined the children are and we are united and focused on providing the best possible start to their learning journey.  We carefully curate the kindergarten environment to support and nurture the children’s growing eagerness to learn about and become members of the larger community while encouraging them to discover and express their own individuality. 


Robyn, Joanna and Tracy all hold Blue Cards, First Aid certificates and undertake ongoing professional development to ensure they are aware of current research and teaching pedagogy.

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Robyn Whittaker
Director | Teacher

Robyn is the Director and Teacher at West Chermside C&K Pre-Prep and has been working with young children for over 25 years.  She has a Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) and a Bachelor of Education.

“I am incredibly passionate about helping young children to unpack their potential.  I believe in the power of play as a medium for learning and that it’s important for every child to develop a positive sense-of-self."


Robyn is warm, gentle and patient in her approach and has an amazing rapport with the children and parents.  It's no wonder people liken her to Miss Honey from Matilda.


They say teachers who remain passionate about their jobs tend to make everyone around them happier and more cooperative.

That's Robyn!

Robyn has 3 children, enjoys keeping fit and loves 'everything nature' in addition to caring for it.

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Joanna Ryan

Joanna has dedicated her career to working with children and has a Certificate III in Children's Services.  She has 25 years experience and 13 of them have been with C&K.

"I am a strong believer in the Reggio Emilia concept of learning.  I believe and value the importance of play where children experience ownership, empowerment and interest. 


In the year that we spend with the children, I love guiding them on their journey and watching them become independent and confident individuals ready to start school."

Joanna is enthusiastic, organised and always eagerly looking for opportunities to support the children's learning; carefully orchestrating activities that artfully contribute to their development and sense of joy.   

Outside of kindy, Joanna loves spending time with her 2 boys, her husband and extended family.  She also keeps active having a passion for running, mountain climbing and generally enjoying the beautiful wonders of our world.

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Tracy Lawrence

Assistant | Inclusion Support 

Tracy has over 25 years of experience working with young children.  She has a Certificate III in Children's Services.

"We have a responsibility to allow each child a place to be themselves; for them to be heard with their voice and their actions to be understood.  A place to feel comfortable and to grow as an individual at their own pace."


Tracy has a wonderful energy with the children; she spends a lot of time getting on their level and relating to each child individually, inspiring them to explore their creativity and self-expression.  It's easy to see why the children have so much time and respect for her, she is a valued contributor to the education team.

Tracy has 3 children of her own and finds her inner peace at the beach.  She also loves sport and yoga.

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Lavinia Tuljaram


Lavinia is our multi-tasking, multi-talented administration guru who does an amazing job of keeping our kindy running smoothly every day.  She thrives on being organised and developing systems that improve the efficiency of the office.  Lavinia is also warm, friendly, approachable and always happy to help with any queries you might have.


When Lavinia isn't at Kindy, she loves to spoil her family with her favourite past time - cooking!  Constantly experimenting with different cuisines, Lavinia has discovered her talent for recreating foods that she's experienced while eating out.  Naturally, her husband and three children are eager recipients of her delicious creations, always encouraging her to try new things.