The Little Unicorn story began with our Broadmeadow site in 1993, providing care and educational programs for local children.
We now operate from the recently refurbished site in Broadmeadow, CBD location at Honeysuckle and our new centre in Charlestown.
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
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 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 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.
Nominated Supervisor - Charlestown
Kassie holds a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies with Honours. Kassie, originally from Forster has been in Newcastle for over 14 years. Kassie graduated from the University of Newcastle in 2010 and has varied experience in the Early Childhood field. Kassie has held numerous teaching positions in both long daycare and preschool settings, also teaching at The University of Newcastle for 2 years. Kassie has also had experience in various settings as an Educational Leader and Nominated Supervisor.Kassie joined The Little Unicorn family in August 2020 at our Charlestown centre as the Nominated Supervisor.Kassie values the importance of children learning through play and developing respectful and secure relationships with children and families. Kassie recognises the value of providing an environment that builds on children’s strengths, interests, and ideas and using the natural environment as a third teacher. Kassie acknowledges the significance of learning in the early years and the positive impact this has on laying a strong foundation for children’s future learning and development.Kassie has two children of her own and enjoys playing netball and socialising with friends and family.
Educational Leader Broadmeadow
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.
Acknowledgement of Country
– Maria Montessori
Play is the work of the child.
I love the little bonds they have shared. I never thought I would see a bond as beautiful as the one Stella shared last year with Jade, until Chelsea! Stella walks around at home calling her, and she’s the first person she says whilst walking to her class. The way all the educators treat our children, I can’t even describe. I’ve never felt right about working and putting my kids in daycare until we came across The Little Unicorn!!!
I love the fact that I pick up my babies and they are always laughing or smiling and have had the absolute best day!
“Our four-year-old daughter, Katie, started at the Broadmeadow centre in January after moving from interstate.
The staff has been very welcoming. Anne always greets us with a smile and the girls in the room seem to genuinely care about her and her well-being.
The lady in the kitchen has been very accommodating to help Katie settle in and we appreciate it. Taleesha seems to go above and beyond in her interactions with us and we feel that Katie is truly supported in her learning.”
+61 2 4942 5876
The Little Unicorn Charlestown
© 2021 The Little Unicorn
Website by Shorthand
The Little Unicorn on Honeysuckle
24 Honeysuckle Drive
+61 2 4929 4451
Monday to Friday 7.30am–6.30pm
78–82 Brunker Road
+61 2 4962 1788
Monday to Friday 7.00am–6.00pm
The Little Unicorn Broadmeadow
LEARN MORE >
Conveniently located in the Honeysuckle Precinct at Newcastle, our childcare centre caters for ages 6 weeks to 5 years.
Our Broadmeadow daycare centre provides a safe and secure environment that allows your child to learn and develop at their own pace.
LEARN MORE >
Our Charlestown location offers long daycare and preschool services for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years located in the heart of Charlestown Square.
The Little Unicorn Charlestown
The Little Unicorn is proud to offer three convenient childcare locations across the Newcastle area. With leading facilities in Broadmeadow, Charlestown and Honeysuckle our accredited staff are now more accessible than ever.
Nominated Supervisor - Preschool