Our Team

Our team of professionals are enthusiastic and caring
We pride ourselves on employing our teachers and educators not only for their qualifications, but for their professional, positive, enthusiastic and caring attitudes with children.  All our staff have a current first aid certificate, current CPR plus current asthma and anaphylaxis training. Each staff member must hold a current suitability card (blue card).

We are focused on offering a friendly, safe, nurturing and secure environment for children.

We believe a strong connection between families, children and educators, comes from employing dedicated, qualified staff, who are committed to embracing children’s learning on a daily basis, as well as actively seeking valuable information from families and the wider community. All of our educators are qualified and are Certificate III, Diploma or Bachelor trained.

We provide regular in-service training and professional development opportunities for our talented team. We believe that ongoing training and professional development of our team enables us to consistently offer exceptional care and early learning educational programs.


Taylor Pritchard – Assistant Director/2IC

A long serving member of the Cairns South team is the charming and stylish Mrs Taylor Pritchard our 2IC and Assistant Director.

The National Quality Standards and Early Years Learning Framework underpins Taylor’s role within the service. Her attention to detail offers our staff the guidance and advice they need to deliver a strong curriculum and a well-presented environment for your children to learn and grow in.

Taylor is a diploma qualified mother of two gorgeous kids. With her eldest in our OSHC Program and her sweet baby girl at the service, Taylor understands the demands of being a working mum. This is why she spends her days working to ensure that all the children at Cairns South are receiving the best education and care on the South side of Cairns.

As the corner stone of our Management Team, Taylor is always on hand to support our staff and families in any aspect of care and education at Cairns South.


Stephanie Booy – Octopus Junior Kindy Room Lead Educator

Hi my name is Stephanie Booy and I have been privileged to be part of the Cairns South family since 2016. From a very young age I always loved babies and knew I wanted to become an Early Childhood Educator, so it seemed like a natural progression for me to pursue the career. 

I love working at Cairns South because it’s such a fun and enjoyable place to be. We are like a big family and I have made some lifelong friends during my time at the centre. Getting to know the children and their families is so rewarding and as a parent myself now, I can appreciate how important the relationships between families and our staff are. 


Emma Gook – Nursery Lead Educator

With few words but, a whole lot of sass our Beetles Nursery Lead Educator is the tenacious Miss Emma Gook.

Underneath her composed exterior lies a fearless and highly skilled educator with a heart of gold. Emma is the person you need by your side in a crisis, she is cool as a cucumber and our babies, and staff, adore her.


Shantelle Snell – Beetles Nursery Lead Educator

A jack of all trades, our talented Lead Educator in our Beetles Nursery is the charming Miss Shantelle Snell.

Having worked in a few different age groups across the service, Shantelle has found her niche with the Toddler age group. A love of arts and crafts means our toddlers have a fantastic time creating masterpieces to show off to their families. Shantelle is a first time mum to a handsome young fellow who attends our service. She brings all her new mum experience and understanding to her room and our service.

Pa Kou Thao

Millie Natera – Starfish Pre-Kindy Lead Educator

Hi there, my name is Millie, and I am your lead Educator. I was born and raised in the Philippines and migrated to Australia in 2003.

I am married for 30 years now and have gifted with 3 beautiful girls.
Teaching is my passion since I was a little girl and coming here to Australia gave me that opportunity to continue that.

I find my role as a Lead Educator both enjoyable and rewarding. The children’s love and affections are just an icing on top where in their learning and development is my goal.

I believe that every child is precious and unique in their own ways. Teaching children is a pleasure and could not asked for any better job than being a childcare Educator.

Eva Lowis

Estelle Ashford – Educational Leader and Diploma Qualified

Hello! My name is Estelle and I have been in the Childcare industry for 16 years. I have experienced many different positions throughout the centre here at Cairns South Early Learning, ranging from float, assist educator and room Leader.

I am a mum to 3 school aged children and enjoy exploring the great outdoors with my family and friends.
I am currently in the position as the service Educational Leader.

In my role I aim to support quality improvement while strengthening our educator’s knowledge and practice. I help to assist our educators in their curriculum decision making to develop, implement and assess effective programs for amplifying children’s learning and development.

Eva Lowis

Zabrina Chang – Snails Toddler Lead Educator

Coming soon…

Eva Lowis

Pa Thao – Snails Toddler Lead Educator

Hi, I’m Miss Pa. I am currently running the snail’s room alongside Miss Raquel. I have been at Cairns South for a long time and have had the chance to meet a lot of lovely families.

It has been a great pleasure to get to know all the children. I have attained my Diploma in Children Services for a few years now and hope to further my studies to either Bachelor of Education or Training and Assessing.

My nationality is Hmong and I was born in Thailand, I have been in Australia for my whole life. I hope to one day visit Thailand and the other countries to explore the cultures there. I have been in Cairns for the past 13 years and have really come to love the lifestyle and small communities.

Eva Lowis

Emily Howkins – Turtles Toddler Lead Educator

Hi my name is Miss Emily.
I have been in the Early childhood industry for two years now, I currently have my certificate Ill in early childhood education and very soon will have my diploma.

With each and every passing day I love it more and more. I believe that each child is an individual and as an educator I will value and develop each child’s different skills and extend on their interests.

I believe that children learn through play. I believe that is extremely important to build positive relationships with both the children and their families.

Eva Lowis

Sharrae Smart – Ants Junior Kindy Lead Educator

Hello everyone! My name is Sharrae and I’ve worked in the childcare industry for almost 6 years. I have been apart of the Cairns South Early Learning family for just over 2 years and have loved every moment!

I believe that children should be provided with an inviting and enriching environment allowing them to develop and discover their individual personalities! I love watching young minds learn and grow as their explore the world around them.

I feel blessed to be apart of our future generations fundamental years.

Eva Lowis

Miss Jasmine Shiells – Before/ After School care & Vacation care Lead Educator.

Cert 3 Qualified and Currently Completing a Diploma in Children’s Services.

My name is Jasmine Shiells and over the last 12 years I have really enjoyed all the experiences shared with each child of all ages.

Here at Cairns South Early Learning, I aim to bring a safe and comfortable environment for children, building respectful relationships and forever friendships. By learning through play and extending on children’s individual interests, creating a fun fill learning adventure every day.

In my spare time I take great pride in running my own private beauty salon for the last 4years. I love long adventure drives and spending the weekends down at the creek with family and friends as well as my puppy.