About Us

The Little Unicorn story began with our Broadmeadow site in 1993, providing care and educational programs for local children.

Our Story

We now operate from the recently refurbished site in Broadmeadow and our new centre on Honeysuckle in the Newcastle CBD.


We have grown from humble beginnings to become a much-loved and trusted extended family member to many local families. Unlike large franchise-operated centres, The Little Unicorn is family-owned and locally operated, so we live and work in the communities we serve. We recruit and retain high quality early childhood practitioners, and pride ourselves on providing the kind of supportive environment required to keep our staff turnover to a minimum. Our staff stay for the same reasons our families do: we put what is best for the children at the centre of everything we do.

Meet Our Management Team

General Manager

Amy Neary

General Manager

Amy Neary

Amy is one of the longest serving members of The Little Unicorn Family. She joined us in 2008, while completing her studies at The University of Newcastle. Amy began in our Broadmeadow centre, where she worked closely with Fiona in day-to-day operations. She then went on to establish our Second service at Honeysuckle in 2010. Since this time Amy has enjoyed growing and developing our Honeysuckle centre to be a vital part of The Little Unicorn family. After a 12 month period of leave to start her own family, Amy now operates in an overall management role between our two centres and thoroughly enjoys this challenge and new position.


Amy is passionate about continual improvement, ensuring our services are continually evolving and changing to be the best we can be. Amy takes pride in knowing that staff and families alike feel valued, supported and part of The Little Unicorn family.


During her own time Amy enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter.

Operations Manager and Nominated Supervisor - Broadmeadow

Fiona

Fiona

Operations Manager and Nominated Supervisor - Broadmeadow

Fiona holds a Bachelor of Early childhood education, which is completed at The University of Newcastle and graduated in1990. Fiona is our longest service employee of The Little Unicorn;she commenced employment with The Little Unicorn on the first day of Broadmeadow’s operation in July, 1993. Previous to this Fiona was employed at services based in Sydney and the Central Coast. Fiona has been instrumental in the establishment of both services and is currently based at our Broadmeadow centre as the Nominated Supervisor of this service.

Nominated Supervisor - Honeysuckle

Kathleen

Nominated Supervisor - Honeysuckle

Kathleen

Kathleen holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood / Primary Education). Kathleen grew up in Newcastle and has over 12 years’ experience in the Early Childhood sector. In 2011, Kathleen graduated from The University of Newcastle and began working as an Early Childhood Teacher. Kathleen joined The Little Unicorn family at our Honeysuckle centre in early 2013 and values the opportunities she has had to work as part of a highly qualified and passionate team. Kathleen is our preschool Nominated Supervisor, and was previously our Educational Leader. She has flourished in her current role.



Kathleen chose to work in early education as she believes the early years of a child’s life are the most critical in terms of physical intellectual, emotional and social development.



In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys an active lifestyle and socialising with friends and family.

Educational Leader - Nominated Supervisor Preschool

Alexandra

Educational Leader - Nominated Supervisor Preschool

Alexandra

This is Alexandra and I’m currently undertaking the role of Educational Leader at The Little Unicorn on Honeysuckle. I began working at The Little Unicorn in 2014, and since then have had the privilege of working closely with all age groups from 6 weeks-5 years old whilst gaining my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. During my time at the service, I have developed values which have led me to become passionate towards assisting our team of Early Childhood Educators to provide an inclusive and supportive educational program which supports the learning and development of each unique child at our service. I believe the children should be supported to actively participate in the program through making choices and decisions which influence their day, and creating rich learning environments which support the children’s sense of agency. If you have any questions regarding our educational program, please do not hesitate to speak to myself or the room educators.

Educational Leader Broadmeadow

Lisa

Educational Leader Broadmeadow

Lisa

Lisa holds a Bachelor of Teaching (Primary)/ Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, which she completed at The University of Newcastle and graduated in 2012. Upon completion of her degree, Lisa commenced full-time employment at The Little Unicorn. Lisa has worked predominately in our Ragged Blossoms and Snugglepots room, with a primary focus on preschool learning and preparation for commencing primary school education.


Within her role as Educational Leader, Lisa aims to support, inspire and motivate staff to achieve the best possible educational outcomes for the children enrolled at our Broadmeadow centre.

All staff employed at The Little Unicorn meet relevant statutory requirements including current Working With Children Checks (WWCC). All staff hold an approved qualification, with a minimum of working towards a Certificate III in Early Education and Care.

We would like to acknowledge the Awabakal people who are the traditional custodians of this land. We pay respect to the elders of the Awabakal nation - past, present and future - and extend this welcome to all Aboriginal people.

Accreditation

Acknowledgement of Country

– Maria Montessori

Play is the work of the child.

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The Little Unicorn on Honeysuckle

Early Education & Preschool Centre


24 Honeysuckle Drive
Newcastle NSW


+61 2 4929 4451


Monday to Friday
7.30am–6.30pm

Early Education & Preschool Centre


78–82 Brunker Road
Broadmeadow NSW


+61 2 4962 1788


Monday to Friday
7.00am–6.00pm

The Little Unicorn Broadmeadow

Operations Manager and Nominated Supervisor - Broadmeadow

Fiona

General Manager

Amy Neary

Meet Our Management Team

Nominated Supervisor - Preschool

Kathleen

Educational Leader

Alexandra