Coffs Coast Team

A dedicated team of professionals committed to
delivering family focused education, therapy and support to children 0-7 years and their families.

 

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Early Connections Coffs Coast delivers education, therapy and support for children aged 0-7 years and their families. We work in partnership with client families using a Key Worker model, which focuses on relationships and building a connected team around each child and family.

Our team’s stability and long-term retention are vital for the families we work with. Children learn best when they are surrounded by people they trust. We know that security and connection are key for creating  optimum environments for children’s learning, early childhood development and achieving NDIS goals.

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The Early Connections Coffs Coast team look forward to helping your child thrive.
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Caryn Maher
Manager Coffs Coast

Caryn is proud to lead a fantastic team of devoted Early Intervention professionals.

As the Manager of Early Connections, Caryn’s goal is to provide as much information and support to families as possible and to foster the full inclusion of people with differing abilities into the community.

Caryn feels privileged to share the experience with families as they support their child and enjoys hearing of each child’s future accomplishments.

Qualifications include a Master Degree in Early Childhood Education and Post Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Special Education. 

Caryn works alongside the Coffs Coast Management Committee who volunteer their time to contribute to the Alliance with knowledge, expertise, advice and leadership.

Julia Doust

Julia Doust

Occupational Therapist

BAppSc Occupational Therapy
Class I Honours

Julia has focused her career on supporting children and their families over the early years of their life. Julia has a special interest in preparing children for school. She believes in using a holistic model which involves family and a child’s environment to help achieve the best outcomes for each individual.

Tracie Wallace

Tracie Wallace

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Education

Tracie enjoys working with young children and their families and finds that there is always something new to experience and learn at Early Connections.  She describes her workmates as diverse and professional but considers them friends too and acknowledges that this dynamic greatly contributes to making the team so special.

Nicole Maskell

Nicole Maskell

Senior Occupational Therapist

Bachelor of Health Sciences & Masters of Occupational Therapy Practice

Nicole enjoys working with a welcoming and supportive team at Early Connections. Nicole holds a degree in Health Sciences  and Masters of Occupational Therapy and works to develop long lasting relationships with the team, the children and the families. 

Ellen McNulty

Ellen McNulty

Key Worker - Family Worker

Bachelor of Education

Ellen has come from a teaching background but has found her passion in supporting children and their families as part of the team at Early Connections. Ellen has extensive experience in crisis support and is currently completing her Diploma of Counselling.  She enjoys working with such a dedicated team and believes that supporting the wellbeing of the whole family is a fundamental part of ensuring positive outcomes for children

Kiandra Sciascia

Kiandra Sciascia

Early Childhood Teacher

Bachelor of Education (Primary)
Bachelor of Arts (Special Education)

Kiandra enjoys being part of the collaborative team here at Early Connections. She is a proficient primary school teacher and understands the importance of creating strong relationships with children, their families and educators in order to achieve best outcomes. Kiandra values The Team Around the Child approach, having experienced it as a parent in our program. She has previously worked as a Wellbeing Learning and Support Teacher in the primary setting and has a special interest in school readiness and emotional regulation using Circle of Security concepts.

Lisa Archibald

Lisa Archibald

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor Education

Lisa has worked in a variety of Early Childhood settings for many years. She has a passion for supporting children with additional needs. She loves developing strong relationships with the children and families at Early Connections and supporting them on this journey. Lisa values the Team Around the Child Approach.

Sue Martyn

Sue Martyn

Physiotherapist

Bachelor Physiotherapy

Sue focuses on developing movement skills for children with motor difficulties, enhancing their function through movement and exploration. Sue enjoys working with infants and toddlers and finds it wonderful to observe children grow in skills and confidence, and to share this time with families.

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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers

Early Childhood Intervention Teacher

Bachelor of Special Education

Melissa has previous experience teaching in an Early Childhood Development Program at a Special School. She enjoys working with children as babies and following them through to transitioning to their first year of school. 

Kanti-Saraswati

Kanti-Saraswati

Senior Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Kanti has a specific interest in working with children who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has extensive experience in intensive support for children and their families with a focus on speech and language. Her expertise in learning disabilities, augmentative and alternative communication, dysphagia and dyspraxia allows children to build valuable life skills.

Jan Cartwright

Jan Cartwright

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor Speech Pathology

Jan has extensive experience working with children through the community health system, through the disability sector and within her own private practice with a specific interest in dysphagia. She loves working with other professionals to deliver the best and most holistic care possible.

Rachel Kilbourne

Rachel Kilbourne

Speech Pathologist

Bachelor of Science Speech Pathology

Rachel supports children with a diverse range of disabilities to develop their communication. She has a special interest in using alternative and augmentative communication for children with complex needs. Rachel runs the Hanen Centre ‘It Takes Two to Talk’ program for children with language delays and is a Key Word Sign presenter.

Trudy Brandse

Trudy Brandse

Admin Claiming Coordinator

Trudy is highly accomplished in key administrative systems, she has certifications in Business and Administration for which she received an Award of Excellence. Trudy is passionate about working in the not-for-profit sector and has a strong belief that strong families build strong communities.

 

Jannah Currie

Jannah Currie

Program Support Officer/ Allied Health Assistant

Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance

Jannah has extensive experience working in the community sector, namely with CALD and refugee families both in Australia and overseas. She enjoys working with a diverse and knowledgeable team and looks forward to supporting  families. Jannah also has Bachelor in Humanitarian and Community Services.

 

Monique Delmadoros

Monique Delmadoros

Administration Officer

Monique is a highly organised and valuable administrative professional with a diverse skillset with experience in healthcare and community services. With a positive attitude and welcoming smile, Monique has extensive experience in the field of administration and accounts making her an integral part of the team.

 

Tatiana Bye

Tatiana Bye

Allied Health Assistant - Speech Pathology

Alley Bowden

Alley Bowden

Allied Health Assistant - Occupational Therapy

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Family Friendly Workplace

Rewarding Careers

The Early Connections Alliance has ongoing opportunities to join our wonderful highly experienced team. If you’re looking for an exciting challenge, just starting your career or searching for a seachange share your expression of interest with us today.

Family-friendly workplace

All our locations offer an inclusive and family-friendly workplace for all stages of life in the context of family. We pride ourselves on supporting flexible work arrangements and a family friendly workplace culture. 

My Time Coffs Coast

Our MyTime group provides support for mothers, fathers, grandparents and anyone caring for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition.

Parents can socialise and share ideas with others who understand the rewards and intensity of the caring role. Caring for a child with a disability is often described as a journey. MyTime can introduce you to others on a similar journey, who can help you find your way

Who can join

Our MyTime Group welcomes parents and carers – including mums, dads, grandparents and the principal carer – who are eligible for the Carer Allowance (Child) for a child with a disability or chronic medical condition

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  • Facilitator: Cathy Jourdant Venue:
  • Early Connections 13 Kane Crescent Coffs Harbour
  • Every Friday during School Term Time: 12.30pm to 2.30pm
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