Staff

Our staff members are passionate and dedicated to providing a program that is tailored to the interests and needs of each child. Each member of staff has an early childhood specific qualification, and participates in ongoing professional development. All members of staff have current First Aid Certificates (Level II) as well as training in CPR and the management of Anaphylaxis and Asthma.

Kirsty Rochford

Director
Teacher ( Burgundy four-year-old group)
Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies, University of Melbourne
Masters in Special Education

I started working at Ascot Kindergarten in January 2015 after spending four years at home raising my two daughters. From 2004 – 2009 I worked as director and four-year-old teacher at Yarraville Community Kindergarten where I spent six enjoyable years and completed my Masters in Special Education. Prior to my time at Yarraville I spent two years teaching in London where I had the opportunity to travel throughout Europe. After Graduating from The University of Melbourne I spent my early years teaching at Lady Forster Kindergarten in Port Melbourne, it was during my time there that I introduced to an indoor/outdoor program and have never looked back. I am passionate about instilling confidence, determination, fairness, independence, happiness and self-belief in the children I teach.

Cass

Teacher (Aqua)

Danielle Lockhart

I joined the team here at Ascot Kindergarten at the end of 2015 as a student undertaking placement and I haven’t looked back. As our programs are driven by the children’s interests, each year is different and unique across all three groups, which makes each group exciting to work with. As staff, we embrace each child and their families so that we can all share in a creative, positive and safe experiences throughout the year.

Teacher (Topaz three-year-old group) & Co-educator Burgundy and Aqua four-year-old group

Sally

Educator (Topaz)

Hi my name is Sally. I am a Diploma / Montessori trained teacher and have worked in the Early Childhood field for 20 years. Since starting in 2015, it has been incredibly rewarding to be part of a kindergarten who has such a strong sense of community and is so focussed on the wellbeing of the children and their families. I feel blessed to be part of the supportive, nurturing and friendly community at Ascot Kindergarten

McKenna

It was my biggest fortune to join the Ascot Kindergarten teaching team in May 2022. As a student undertaking the final placement here, I was lucky enough to receive a lot of support and love from the team, the children and the families. I always believe a positive relationship is a crucial fertiliser for children’s learning and development. I have the belief and also the confidence to make every child think going to Kinder is happy. I view every child as an active explorer of this world, my role as a teacher is to support their curiosities and interests about this world by creating a responsive learning environment.

Educator (Burgundy)

Franca

Administration Officer

I am currently working as the Administration Officer at Ascot Kindergarten. I have also been enjoying working with the children during their kinder program as a fill in Educator. I completed my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care in 2021 through Kangan TAFE. The experience of working with the children and teachers has been wonderful this year. My work in Administration provides me with the insight I need to understand the full operational side of the kindergarten and what it needs to function successfully. I feel privileged to be part this team.

Ralia

Co-educator (Topaz)
Diploma Qualified