Mater Dei Early Childhood Education (MDECE) offers centre-based early childhood education programs for babies and toddlers with developmental delay and/or disability and all children from birth to their transition to School at 6 years of age including children who have been assessed with profound, severe, moderate or mild developmental delay and/or disability.

We provide a strong person-centred, family-focused approach in which educators work with parents, guardians, advocates and professionals to collaboratively determine and implement each child’s realistic, achievable short-term outcomes and, in turn, the child’s medium-term and long-term outcomes.

What We Offer

We welcome all children from birth through their transition to School including children who have been assessed with profound, severe, moderate or mild developmental delay and/or disability. 

Our suite of programs includes:

  • Mater Dei Learn to Play Groups for babies and toddlers from birth to 2 years of age who have been assessed with profound, severe, moderate or mild developmental delay and/or disability.
  • Mater Dei Play to Learn Groups for toddlers and children from 2 to 3 years of age who have been assessed with profound, severe, moderate or mild developmental delay and/or disability.
  • Mater Dei Transition to School Programs or all children in the year before they start their Kindergarten placement in the most appropriate School.
  • Family networking for all parents, guardians and family members.
  • Consultancy seminars, workshops, training and information sessions for all parents, guardians, families, advocates and colleagues in other early childhood education services.

Our Team

At MDECE, our team of professionals comprises

  • Director of Early Childhood Education
  • Early Childhood Teachers
  • Diploma Qualified Educators
  • Certificate III Qualified Educators
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Assistant to the Director
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Pamela Templeton

Director

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Karen Kelly

Early Childhood Teacher

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Belinda Morgan

Early Childhood Teacher

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Jessica Franzman

Early Childhood Teacher

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Lauren Howe

Early Childhood Teacher

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Maree Craven

Early Childhood Teacher

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Ruth Linney

Diploma Qualified Educator

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Kim Watson

Diploma Qualified Educator

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Veronica Stone

Diploma Qualified Educator

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Emma Sheil

Diploma Qualified Educator

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Anneliese Hough

Certificate III Qualified Educator

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Vicky Willis

Certificate III Qualified Educator

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Claire Madrill

Assistant to the Director