Paris Choklits Child Care

Paris Ille


Paris is currently studying her Diploma of Early Education and Care and Choklits is her very first job in early learning!

Over to Paris…

I love working in early education and care to watch children grow, develop and thrive into beautiful young humans. After high school I studied psychology, with the hopes of becoming a child psychologist. After deferring for a couple of years and travelling Europe, I decided to get straight into studying my Diploma of Early Education.

My career is only just beginning so I’m beyond excited to begin working at Choklits, expand my knowledge and reach milestones like finishing my Diploma.

When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy spending time with family and friends, keeping active and going on fun adventures.

The most beautiful thing a child has ever said to me was “Paris, you’re an amazing teacher” which made me feel loved and reassured me that I’m doing the right thing!

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Siobhan Janes | Nursery Educator | Choklits Child Care Centre

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Siobhan is currently studying her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and is an educator in the Choklits Nursery. Before joining the Choklits Team she worked in Before and After School care for 4 years and has worked while children from ages 0-5 throughout her university placements. Over to Siobhan... I love working in education and care because children are at the centre of all we do and are our future. I enjoy guiding children as they learn and grow as individuals, whilst spreading the joy of learning. Children are so eager to learn and they can achieve absolutely anything if they put their minds to it, have positive attitudes and are surrounded by a caring, nurturing and engaging environment. Throughout my career I've been the most proud of the time I have spent volunteering and helping children experience the joys of music and movement through singing and dancing. I have also volunteered and spent time with children aged 7-10 helping them with their literacy skills. When I'm not at Choklits Child Care I love spending time singing in a local choir, playing the ukulele, creating artwork and enjoying the outdoors with friends...


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Sammy Faulks

Sammy is an Educator at Choklits and facilitates our sports and movement program called Choklits Activate. She is currently studying her Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Over to Sammy… I love working in education and child care because having an impact on a child’s learning and development is extremely rewarding. I enjoy building relationships with the children and learning more about them individually. I’m proud of myself for taking the leap into full time work, studying, and doing what I love (working with children). When I’m not at Choklits I love spending time with my friends and family, exercising, studying/learning more each day and listening to music. During my previous work involving children and working at Choklits, the most beautiful thing a child has said to me was “I love you as my teacher”. 

Cassandra Godfrey Choklits Child Care

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Talia Waters

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Tina Wang Choklits Child Care Ringwood

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Megan Fletcher

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Elly Hudson

Welcome to the team Elly! Elly has joined our growing Choklits team in our Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Room. Elly finished Year 12 last year and is undertaking a traineeship with us to obtain her Certificate III. Elly has done over 1000 hours of volunteering in child care and is very passionate about working with children. She believes that “Children need to experience differences to be happy with theirs”. Elly has cerebral palsy and works with her abilities to manage for this. We are very happy to welcome Elly to the Choklits community and look forward to being part of her training, development and supporting her in her studies as she supports our early learners in their own study.

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Nilu Wijesinghe

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Karen Swale

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Sam De Mel

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