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Our Educators


All of our staff are:

Qualified early childhood educators.

Highly experienced in classroom settings and in program development.

Facilitators and guides to your children, and yourselves.

Outdoor enthusiasts and passionate about children experiencing outdoor play.

Hold their 'blue card' for working with children.

Are current with first aid and CPR certification

Meet The Team


Miss Mandy our director and co- founder of Starting Strong since it began in 2015.

Since then the program has evolved and expanded but our core vision and philosophies have remained the same of wanting all kids to have access to outdoors in their early years at a professional and welcoming organisation, whilst utilising the Gold Coasts amazing outdoor playspaces and great weather.

Miss Mandy is a qualified ECE with experience since 2000 – she has taught in preschools and childcare centres in Ireland, US and Canada and is also a qualified child & infant sleep consultant and type 1 car seat installation specialist.

You will find Miss Mandy at any of our sessions helping out as she much prefers to be outside with the kids than anywhere else!

Miss Mandy

Miss Jess is one of our co-founders and is on the board of directors. Jess created this unique program in 2015 and was the first preschool educator at Paradise Point where it all started.

Jess started in the children care industry with Miss Mandy back in 2000 and is a wealth of knowledge and experience for Starting Strong.

Miss Jess

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Miss Kelly is our lead educator and admin assistant and has been with starting strong since 2018.

She has experience in the Early Childhood industry since 2006 with a diploma in Early Childhood Education and Forest school leader.


Kel is passionate about being able to give all children the opportunity to learn and play in our beautiful outdoors, through hands on experiences and adventures in a safe and nurturing environment. You can find Miss Kel in our Paradise Point and Canungra sessions.

Miss Kelly

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Miss Suzie has been one of our educators since 2018 with experience in Early childhood education since 2002.

Suzie has her Diploma in Children's services and loves to get to work outside everyday and to be apart of each child's journey of discovering and observing the World around them. You can find Miss Suzie at our Pimpama, Paradise Point and Jabiru Island sessions.

Miss Suzie


Miss Nel has been a Starting Strong educator since 2021. She has her Diploma in childrens services since 2005.


She is a very crafty and creative team member! You can find Miss Nel at our Pimpama. Paradise Point and Jabiru Island sessions.

Miss Nel

Our Community Partners

City of Gold Coast Council
Scenic Rim Regional Council
Active Healthy City of Gold Coast
Nature Play Queensland
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