Our Staff


Below you can find information about our friendly staff, their qualifications and their experience.

Our Management Team

Simone Miles

Centre Director

Year you started at Natural Elements

I started to work for Natural Elements in May 2011.

Title and brief job description

I am the centre Director/Manager, nominated supervisor and the educational leader. I hold a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education, a Diploma of Education & Child Care, Advanced Diploma in Communities Services and just recently obtained competencies for part of my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Why do you love working here? What do you love about child care?

I have worked in the child care sector for 27 years, it is my passion and my life, I cannot imagine myself doing anything else. To be a part of a child’s first learning experience is a wonderful thing.

Funniest thing you’ve heard a child say/do?

I have heard a lot of funny comments from children over the years. My most treasured memory is my nick name – it came from the children struggling to say my name, and Miss Mone has stuck for a very long time, even my friends call me Miss Mone.

What are you known for at Natural Elements?

My resourcefulness – I love turning something old and broken into something that is new and exciting. Also my hidden lolly jar in the back office – let’s face it we all need a sweet treat sometimes.

What's one thing we wouldn't know about you?

I love motorbikes and have been involved with a social motorbike club for about 15 years, I enjoy the rides and attending motorbike rallies and camping out.

Most interesting thing you've ever done?

Two years ago my family and I spent four weeks traveling form Brisbane to Cairns in our caravan, that was very cool and I saw some amazing sights along the way. Recently on another camping trip I rode a camel on the beach. I always find adventurous things to do during our family camping trips. I love traveling and exploring Australia.

Best thing about you (an attribute, strength, talent, etc.)

I am hard working and honest, I always give 110% in everything I do. I am also a neat freak – everything has a place and there is a place for everything.

What you do for fun?

Besides my motorbike, caravan and camping and I walk 4 nights a week to keep myself fit and to help me relax.

What you are passionate about?

My family are the most important thing to me and my role at Natural Elements, without these 2 things my life would not be the same.

How would your best friend describe you?

Crazy, spontaneous, clean, caring and reliable.

Family and pet details

I am married and have 2 amazing children, no pets at present

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Simone Miles

Simone Miles

Centre Director

Our Educators

Miss Tanya

Assistant Director - Nursery Lead Educator

Year you started at Natural Elements

2013

Title and brief job description

Assistant Director - Nursery lead educator. My job is to guide and encourage children’s learning and integration into the world.

To assist and support all staff in day to day routine and education, and supporting Simone in the day to day running and administration of the centre.

Why do you love working here? What do you love about child care?

I love working at Natural Elements as we have a happy, caring and fun environment with the most supportive and involved owners, making us a unique family environment. I love working in child care as I thrive on knowing what kind of positive impact I can make on a child’s learning and development and assisting in shaping future generations.

What are you known for at Natural Elements?

My bubbly and energetic attitude, being fun loving, and always a practical joker with a distinctive laugh.

What's one thing we wouldn't know about you?

I was a jazz and tap dancer for 13 years.

Most interesting thing you've ever done?

Aerobatics in a tiger moth that was my first flight ever.

Best thing about you (an attribute, strength, talent, etc.)

I am a supportive and reliable, great resource for programming and behavioural management information.

What you do for fun?

I am currently studying the art of Kung Fu and have attained the level of yellow belt with two stripes. I love the discipline and respect it encourages of one’s self and others, the physical challenges and awareness of that limitations for health and knowledge is a state of mind and with persistence and correct attitude the possibilities are endless.

What you are passionate about?

I am very passionate about working in this industry of child care and strive to continue to my knowledge and education so I will continue to be able to provide quality care and education to our beautiful children and their families.

How would your best friend describe you?

My best friend would describe me as full of life, energetic, funny and a bit of a stirrer.

Family and pet details

I have two beautiful children who are my world, my everything.

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Miss Tanya

Miss Tanya

Assistant Director - Nursery Lead Educator

Miss Mary

Toddlers Lead Educator

Year you started at Natural Elements

I started working at Natural Elements in May 2011, I was working as an assistant here previous to the new owners of Natural Elements taking over.

Title and brief job description

I started my role here as the assistant in the babies room and have since been promoted to Lead Educator in the toddlers room.

Why do you love working here? What do you love about child care?

I love that every day is a different challenge.

Funniest thing you’ve heard a child say/do?

I once asked a child “Where are your manners?”. The response to this question was..... they walked up to a wall in the room that I have set up with the words PLEASE & THANK YOU in different languages and the pointed to this wall!

What are you known for at Natural Elements?

I am very inventive, I enjoy making new resources for the children to learn and engage with. I am also a regular visitor to the lolly jar in the office – I have a sweet tooth.

What's one thing we wouldn't know about you?

I am scared of heights. I love making birthday cakes for my children and sometimes the staff at the centre – I get a little creative with these.

Most interesting thing you've ever done?

I held a 17kg python, this was both scary and amazing at the same time.

Best thing about you (an attribute, strength, talent, etc.)

I am creative and love researching new ideas, being new to the lead educators role I feel I am learning as I go. I am a happy person, I am a caring person.

What you do for fun?

I enjoy 4WD. Bush walking and shopping.

What you are passionate about?

Protecting animals - big or small, I am so against Animal cruelty.

How would your best friend describe you?

Straight forward, honest, reliable, easy going, dependable.

Family and pet details

I have 2 children, 2 guinea pigs (Rarity & Dinosaur) and a cat (Midnight) you can guess who chose the names for our pets!

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Miss Mary

Miss Mary

Toddlers Lead Educator