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Our Staff

Below is information about our staff, including a link to our role statements and responsibilities with Aranda Afters.

Staff Roles and Responsibilities

Director – Amie Arthur 

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“I have been blessed with a career in Childcare for over 20 years and am fortunate that working with children and educators has given me so much joy.
I am an advocate for children to be the best they can be and to have the opportunities to explore their world in a safe and secure environment.

My advocacy for children has seen me elected to the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) ACT board, coaching children in self-defence through Capital Wing Chun, and supporting many services through the assessment and rating process receiving exceeding at Aranda Afters in 2018.I am honoured to be a part of the team at Aranda Afters and proud of the outcomes we foster for each child.”

Education Leader and Assistant Director – Leon Mason 

DSC_0219“I began working in Out of School Hours Care in 2012 and have since then thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities to provide guidance and support to learning and well being as an Educational Leader, as well as be inspired by the creativity shown by students that we work with each day.

What brought me to Aranda Afters was the excitement to build successful, supportive and collaborative relationships with our students and families and the opportunity to support the learning and development of a strong and enthusiastic Educator Team.”

Program Coordinator – ​​Sam Hoppitt

DSC_0218“I first joined childcare in 2010 and then became an Aranda team member in 2013. After a year long absence in London I am excited to be part of such an amazing team again.

Coming back as a Program Coordinator has got me excited about building a fun new program that incorporates inclusion, enjoyment and education =)”

Program Coordinator – Brooke Jarman

DSC_0222“I’ve been working in Childcare since 2014 where I began in Early Childcare centres and I have a Diploma of Education and Care from Optimum Training Services.

I look forward to expanding my skill set with an older group of children while building positive relationships with our children, families and community.”


Sam and Brooke

Educator Team​


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Staff Stars

Our three most recent Staff Stars are displayed here!

Joey McDonald- Term 1 2020

Photo 12-3-20, 4 15 25 pmOur second Staff Star for 2020 is Joey McDonald! Joey is a patient, caring mentor to many of our students at Aranda Afters. His quiet effort does not go unnoticed at the service and we greatly appreciate all his hard work during our period of adjusted service operation. Joey is fantastic at facilitating enjoyable, active games for our students, and never says no to a good game of Bounce or Round the World! Great work Joey, and keep up the amazing job.




Hannah Hartley Term 1 2020


The first Staff Star of 2020 goes to the incredibly hard-working and amazing educator, Hannah! Hannah has been an invaluable part of our educator team all year, and continues to go above and beyond her duties to ensure that the service is a good as it possible. Hannah can often be found facilitating visual arts and music activities that are adored by our students. Hannah, along with a dedicated group of staff, has formed a squad that focusses on improving sustainability practices at Aranda Afters. Thank you for all of your incredible effort Hannah!

Shavaun Hickman – Term 4 2019


Our new Staff Star goes to one of our newest educators, Shavaun! Shavaun has come into the role with an unending positive attitude, and makes each day even more fun! Shavaun can be found on floor actively engaging with children at the service, always with a smile and a funny story to tell! Shavaun succeeds in making the afternoon fun for all children, and will go out of her way to make sure that someone is getting the most out of their time with us. We can’t wait to keep having such a great time with Shavaun at Afters, great job mate!







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