Our Team

Our team of passionate and confident educators is committed to supporting the development of each child. At Jenny’s ELC, we are committed to providing an engaging environment for not only our children, but for our educators as well. We support and empower our early learning professionals to be the best educators that they can be.

We see our educators as the number one asset of each of our centres.

Our bright and driven educators bring new insights from their courses, and vast experience in the childcare industry. We develop teams with a variety of educational backgrounds and experience to support the best quality learning experience for each child.

Our continuous learning culture is so important, not only for our children but for our educators too! To keep each of our teams on the leading edge of childcare practice, we provide mentorship and support our team members as they undertake further qualifications and up-skill courses. Jenny’s ELC is a supportive and challenging learning and working environment with the continuous goal of providing only the best educational experience for your child.

At each of our centres, we have Centre Directors that are extensively experienced in the Early Childhood field. We provide recognised Pre School programs in all of our centres, with the support of additional room leaders also qualified with Early Childhood degrees and Diplomas in Children’s Services.

Meet the leaders of our Jenny’s ELC team!

Renee Dawson

Epsom Centre Director


Renee is the Director at Jenny’s ELC Epsom. She has extensive experience in Long Day Care Management and has strong interests in Community Engagement and Centre Support - two areas that we place high importance on within Jenny's ELC.

After spending 26 years living in the Macedon Ranges and having recently spent some time in Echuca, Renee moved to Bendigo where she now lives with her 4 year old daughter. Early Childhood has been her career for many years. Renee has spent many years working in Early Childhood Education running her own Family Day Care business as well as working as a Centre Director for several years before joining the Jenny’s ELC family.

Together with the team at Epsom, Renee loves working with families, developing staff and immersing herself in local community events! She is passionate about high quality care in Early Childhood Education, more specifically that all children are nurtured and respected for their unique and individual traits.

Renee’s favourite quote is ‘Children are not things to be moulded, but are people to be unfolded’ – Jess Lair. Renee believes that it is a privilege to work in the Sector and is very proud to continue to help ‘unfold’ the leaders of tomorrow!

Renee is looking forward to welcoming you to our Jenny's Epsom Family soon! Contact Renee to learn more about Jenny’s ELC Epsom.

Phone: (03) 5448 4520
Email: epsom@jennyselc.com.au

Mikaela Johnson

Maiden Gully Centre Director


Mikaela is the Director at Jenny’s ELC Maiden Gully, taking on the role in mid-2015, after having worked as the Assistant Director at Jenny's ELC Epsom alongside Danielle Smeaton, (Director), for two years prior.

Growing up locally in Kangaroo Flat, Mikaela began a Bachelor of Teaching at La Trobe University (Bendigo) in 2004. In 2006, Mikaela deferred her studies and began working at a local childcare centre, where she progressed from Assistant, to Room Leader, to Educational Leader.

Completing Certificate III and then her Diploma of Children’s Services, Mikaela is a highly qualified and experienced educator who is passionate about equal opportunity for quality education.

Mikaela loves to travel and spend time with her family, living locally with her husband and daughter. Sport and the outdoors is a big part of her life, spending weekends with her family at her daughter’s netball games and dance competitions, attending football games with her husband, and going on family bike rides.

Alongside the Maiden Gully team, Mikaela is fully committed to developing close relationships with the families at Jenny’s ELC, and building strong bonds within the local Maiden Gully community.

Contact Mikaela to learn more about Jenny’s ELC Maiden Gully:

Phone: (03) 5449 7555
Email: maidengully@jennyselc.com.au

Sally Hicks

Strathfieldsaye Centre Director


Sally is the Director at Jenny’s ELC Strathfieldsaye, following on from her previous position as the Director at Jenny’s ELC Maiden Gully. Sally has extensive experience in early childhood education in the Bendigo area.

Sally grew up in a small Northern Victoria country town, and moved to Melbourne to complete her Early Childhood studies at the University of Melbourne in 1997. Sally further her qualifications by completing a Certificate II in Business Administration while raising her own family and working as a kindergarten teacher.

Moving to Bendigo in 2003, Sally held a number of positions in early childhood education, including a role as director of a childcare centre. She spent eight years teaching sessional kindergarten in Bendigo, from 2006 to 2014.

Sally loves sport, and spends a lot of time with her children who play football, basketball, netball and tennis. She also loves reading, camping and cooking, a passion that she brings to the centre.

Sally believes in the importance of high quality early childhood education. She is especially passionate about helping each child to achieve the best possible outcomes in their learning and development.

In her time at Jenny’s ELC, Sally enjoys working with the Jenny’s ELC team and with families to build relationships that support each child as they realise their full potential.

Contact Sally to learn more about Jenny’s ELC Strathfieldsaye:

Phone: (03) 5439 4774
Email: strathfieldsaye@jennyselc.com.au

Jaylea Stone

Bendigo Hospital Centre Director


Jaylea is the Director at Jenny’s ELC Bendigo Hospital. Jaylea has been with Jenny’s ELC since 2011 with her initial role as Director at Maiden Gully. She took up the role of Director at the Bendigo Hospital centre in 2014. Jaylea has over 30 years of experience in childcare services.

Raised and educated in the Bendigo area, Jaylea is a true local who deeply understands the Bendigo community. She completed her teaching degree at Bendigo College of Advanced Education and began her career at Eaglehawk North Primary School before moving interstate with her family.

Her interest in early childhood education developed when working as a primary school teacher in North West NSW. At this time Jaylea realised the importance of early childhood development when she observed that children from local stations were not adequately prepared for the school setting. She became driven to open a preschool service in the village of Rowena, working closely with the local community to achieve the best outcomes for the children, the school and the community.

On returning to Bendigo after eight years away, Jaylea completed a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education at RMIT and commenced as a kindergarten teacher working at Helen Jessen and Annie Galvin Children’s Centres.

Passionate about the environment and sustainability, Jaylea has particularly enjoyed educating children and adults in these areas. She has developed strong skills in education, communication, and the mentoring of educators and is motivated to continuously learn and take on many new skills that will support children, families and educators within the Jenny’s ELC community.

Contact Jaylea to learn more about Jenny’s ELC Bendigo Hospital:

Phone: (03) 5444 3991
Email: bendigohospital@jennyselc.com.au

If you would like any further information about our services, contact your nearest centre by calling or emailing a Centre Director. We look forward to meeting you soon at Jenny’s ELC!