Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

Nerissa Waterfield

Nerissa WaterfieldNerissa is a proud wotjobaluk woman and has a strong connection to country and community. She loves to share the history of Tasmanian Aboriginal people with the wider community. Nerissa has been working within Aboriginal Education Services for 7 years and is currently based in Child and Family Centres working with children and their families from birth to 5 years of age.

She is focused on contributing to the improvement of educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families, assisting all learners to deepen their knowledge of Aboriginal people in Tasmania.

Australian Childcare Alliance (Tasmania Branch) 

Mel Reid-Prewer

Mel is the owner and the Service Manager of Glen Dhu Children’s Services and represents the Australian Childcare Alliance (ACA) which is a not-for-profit, member-funded organisation advocating for the future of Australia’s children.

Catholic Education Tasmania

Kate Turner

After completing her Associate Diploma in Child Care in 1992, Kate opened a dance school, but parent help duties fanned the early years flame, leading to a Bachelor of Education at Griffith University.

After working first for the Education Department in Queensland, Kate accepted a position at The Hutchins School where she worked as a Prep and Kindergarten teacher.  However, kindergarten soon became her passion.

In 2017, Kate commenced as an Education Officer, Early Years, for Catholic Education Tasmania, and in 2020 accepted a secondment into a new role, Advisor Early Years (Statewide), with Catholic Education Tasmania.

Early Childhood Australia (Tasmania Branch)

Annette Barwick

Annette BarwickAnnette has worked in the education and care sector for over 28 years, having worked in a variety of early and middle childhood settings and positions before moving into senior strategic and operational, training and management roles with Lady Gowrie Tasmania for over 15 years.
Annette has been an executive committee member of the Early Childhood Australia Tasmania Branch in excess of 14 years. Annette regards her connection with the sector as a privilege and has the greatest respect for the role educator’s play in the lives of young children and their families. This drives and inspires her to continue to advocate for the importance of the early years and the value of ongoing professional learning.

Early Childhood Educators of Tasmania 

Sandra Mazengarb

Sandra is the Director of Early Years Learning at St Virgil’s College and represents the Early Childhood Educators of Tasmania.


Kate Whitbread

Kate WhitbreadKate is currently the Child Care Delivery Coordinator at Glenorchy City Council’s Child Care Connections Services Benjafield and Berriedale Child Care Centres. Kate has worked in the education and care sector for 26 years and has experience in all areas including long day care, outside school hours care (OSHC) and family day care (FDC). Kate began her education and care career as a junior employee and then commenced studying the Associate Diploma in Child Care part time whilst continuing to work. Kate has continued studying throughout her career and has most recently completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management.

Kate worked as a Validator for the National Child Care Accreditation Council (NCAC) when Accreditation of services commenced and quality assurance in Australia was first raised as a political issue. Kate has also worked for the Education and Care Unit in the area of Assessment and Rating.

Family Day Care Council of Tasmania 

Angela Stanley-Gasparin

Biography to follow.

Independent Schools Tasmania 

Mark Seagar

Mark graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Teaching Degree (ECE Specialisation) in 1999.  Commencing his career as a classroom teaching at St. Michael’s Collegiate School, Mark then spent 19 years working as the Director of Education and Care Services at Pixie Child Care Centres / Scared Heart College (2001 – 2004) and Friends Early Years / The Friends School (2004 – 2019).

Mark was a member of the Executive Committee of Early Childhood Australia (Tasmania Branch) from 2010 – 2012 and a member of the Minister’s Child Care Advisory Council from 2010 – 2012.

Mark commenced his current role as Early Years Education Consultant for Independent Schools Tasmania in January 2020.

Long Day Care Sector


Out-of-scope (licensed) services 

Lyn Long

Lyn LongAs a teacher, Lyn became involved with the education and care sector in 1987 when she served as a member of the Board of Management at St David’s Child Care Centre. Lyn has worked for over 29 years as the coordinator at Possums Playcentre in Taroona. She used the experience gained in the early childhood sector to qualify as a coach and assessor in the Children’s Services Recognition Program.

Lyn has been privileged to provide play-based learning experiences to pre-school children and work with dedicated and caring educators and supportive parents.

Possum’s program is based on the Early Year’s Learning Framework and although her centre is an out – of – scope service, they are informed about the NQF through seminars and ECU information. Lyn has found it rewarding to be part of the positive changes and developments in the education and care sector and values the importance placed on early years learning.

Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) sector

Mick Clark

Mick ClarkSince 2009 Mick has been the Executive Director of Devonport Child Care Centres Incorporated, a community-based, profit-for-purpose association with rich community history. Services include long day care centres; OSHC on school sites; community engagement with Working Together – supporting early learning programs and Bee Me autism early intervention service with St Giles.

Mick has had a senior leadership career in workplace relations and organisational change in private and community sectors, including creation and development of the successful Giant Steps Autism Centre in Deloraine. He was involved in developing the Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services site co-location agreement.

United Workers Union

Jannette Armstrong

Jannette ArmstrongJanette has 10 years’ experience working in Long Day Care and Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) settings, and nearly 10 years representing Early Childhood Educator members’ work and policy interests through United Workers Union. Jannette is currently the Secretary of United Workers Union – the union for Early Childhood Educators.

United Workers Union members have a proud history of campaigning for higher quality Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), recognising that quality outcomes for children depend on quality educators, and are committed to the continual improvement of the ECEC sector.

Janette holds an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and a Bachelor of Social Science (Public Policy).