Cooloon was opened in February 1986; after initial sponsorship by Tweed Shire Council and is a community-based non-profit making organisation.  This means that all profits go back to the centre to provide resources for your children. 


The Centre is accountable to the Department of Education and Training, (Australian Government) through the provision of Child Care Benefit (CCB) and Child Care Cash Rebate (CCR)  to families and participation in the Assessment and Ratings system and is licensed to operate by the NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Directorate Department of Education and Communities, who provide some funding.

The strategic direction of the centre is in the hands of a Management Committee, which is elected annually from the parent body and interested community members. 


Their tasks include:

  • developing the Strategic Direction

  • Developing the policies for the centre,

  • managing the finances and employing staff. 


All parents are invited to stand for this committee and/or attend regular committee meetings. Childcare is available for these meetings as they are held in the evenings. Parent input is important for the centre and for your child.

In our staff team we have two Early Childhood trained teachers, educators with a Diploma in Education and Care and educators with a Certificate III in Education and Care; an Administrative Assistant; and a Cook. 


We also employ additional staff when we have children with high support needs and we employ consistent and competent relief staff.

Staff are selected on an advertised/interview process with regard to E.E.O. principles.

Trainees, students and volunteers enhance the program throughout the year.

Judy Radich  Manager.

Nominated Supervisor.

Educational Leader

Bachelor Education. Dip Ktgn Tch.

Luke Welch

Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Certified Supervisor

Kim Mainey  

Early Childhood Teacher.

Certified  Supervisor

Diploma Teaching Early Childhood

Shelley McDermott  

Certified Supervisor

Associate Diploma of Childcare

Janelle Quinlin

Diploma of Childcare.

Certified Supervisor

Sharon Brown

Diploma of Childcare.

Certified Supervisor

Kim Casey

Associate Diploma of Childcare

Mon/Tues/Wed. Certified Supervisor

Ashlea Pitt

Certified Supervisor

Diploma in Childcare


Shannon Finnigan

Certificate III in Children’s Services


Certified Supervisor

Nellie Cameron –Relief Educator

Certificate 111 Children’s Services

Krystal Duncan – Educator

Certificate 111 Children’s Services


Chantel Boaden -Educator

Certificate 111 Children’s Services


Erin Bourke - Educator 

Certificate 111 Children's Services


Joanne Hodgson


Dianne Crumpton                                    


Yvonne Walsh


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