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Our Team

Our team is made up of qualified and skilled people who are passionate about early childhood development, supporting families and building communities. Our leadership, management, operational and program teams are highly experienced and driven by the values of respect, integrity and openness. See below for vacant positions.

At Playgroup NSW our people are at the heart of what we do. We pride ourselves on our inclusive and engaged organisational culture. We value work-life balance, are family-friendly, flexible and inclusive, which makes us an employer of choice.

Our experienced and dedicated team is comprised of staff based at the Playgroup NSW headquarters in Rosehill as well as support and development staff working in the Greater Sydney and regional areas.

Supporting current and prospective Playgroup NSW members to help them establish and manage community or supported playgroups is the major focus for the majority of our team. This includes providing information and guidance to playgroups, facilitating our supported playgroup sessions and promoting early childhood development with families and professionals.

Our focus and leadership is built around quality service delivery and sees our staffing resources focused firmly on playgroup development, excellence in service delivery, member support and engagement, and continuing our business and digital transformation.

Playgroup NSW also relies on the generosity and passion of our wonderful volunteers. Our community playgroups are run by volunteer committees who dedicate their time to ensure their local playgroup thrives.



    

Chief Executive Officer

Nadene Lee

Nadene has extensive experience in corporate environments, leading organisational strategy, service development and delivery, digital transformation and marketing. She also serves as a Non-Executive Director for two not-for-profit organisations: Fragile X Association of Australia, a disability support member organisation, and The Right Direction Australia.

As Playgroup NSW Chief Executive Officer, Nadene is responsible for leading the organisation, driving value for members and delivery of the Playgroup NSW strategy. Having attended her local playgroup with her two sons, Nadene has a personal understanding of the benefits for children and parents of attending playgroup.

Nadene is a current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Masters of Business Administration. She was appointed CEO in July 2017.

 

 

   

Leadership Team


 
 

Karen van Woudenberg

Manager, Programs & Quality

Karen has extensive experience in child and family program development and management, in government and not-for- profit services with a focus on advocating for the rights of children. She likes to inspire ‘playful thinking’ in communities to help children and their families thrive.  Karen joined the organisation in 2015.

     



 

Daniel Muller

Manager, Membership and Corporate Services

Daniel is an experienced provider of IT solutions, process design and corporate services, having managed the operations of corporate, government and not-for-profit organisations in Australia and Asia. 

He is responsible for managing corporate services, enabling the team to provide excellent support to our members and playgroups. His role encompasses managing and improving our IT infrastructure, HR and finances. Daniel joined us in 2015.

     
   

Program Management Team


 

Samantha Shakespeare

Coordinator, Community Playgroups

Samantha has been working in the NSW community sector for 10 years, joining us in 2013. She oversees our community playgroups across the state and with her team of five state development officers, provides support to local groups and families. She and her team work to ensure playgroups are a vital community service and are still operating when the current children attending playgroups have their own families into the future.  

     

 

Maria Bifulco

Coordinator, Peer Support

Maria has worked in the early childhood sector for 15 years, with a special interest in supporting children with disabilities and their families. She is responsible for coordinating MyTime peer support programs for families of children with disabilities and PlayConnect Playgroups for children with autism or like characteristics. These programs support the development of children through play experiences that foster language, communication and social skills, as well as assist families to stay connected with and supported by their community. Maria has been working with Playgroup NSW since 2011. 

     
   

Corporate Partnerships & Business Development


 

Renee Morand-Fenech

Manager, Business Development 

Renee is experienced in corporate and not-for-profit businesses, developing strong working relationships with state and local governments, community and corporate organisations, enabling community development projects. She is responsible for driving government and other key stakeholder support and advocacy for Playgroup NSW’s sustainability and growth. Renee joined us in July 2016, to develop and lead our pilot project of a trauma informed playgroup for refugee families and to coordinate our membership initiative for families with babies.

 

     
   

Sehr Minhas

Corporate Partnerships/Marketing Specialist

Born and raised in Pakistan, Sehr began her marketing career in advertising. She has a Master’s Degree in Marketing with a major in Brand Management. Since moving to Australia in 2005, Sehr has held marketing positions with several not-for-profit organisations. She manages special events and corporate partnerships for awareness campaigns, playgroup resources and other activities. Sehr joined us in 2012. 

Work With Us

We currently have a vacancy for the below positions:

Playgroup of the Month

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We value all our playgroups and their amazing stories. This is why, each month, we want you to meet one of them, hopefully their stories will inspire you.

This month, the focus is on Arcadia Playgroup. The determination of this special group of people will surely inspire you.

Play Activities

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Children love playing with balls of all shapes and sizes. And with good reason: balls are great for group play, organised sports or just playing by yourself. They are also suitable for a variety of age groups (from babies to children and even adults).

Featured Video

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In celebration of our 45th birthday, we’ve produced a fun, short video which we hope you enjoy. Thanks to all the playgroups and others who contributed to it.

Featured Article

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Mothercraft nurse, Chris Minogue, answers one of Kinderling Radio listener’s question on how to keep their child safe on the ground.

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