Pinky Choklits

Pinky Cheng

Kindergarten Teacher

Pinky is a 4-year-old Kindergarten Teacher at Choklits in Surrey Hills, has been working in early learning for over 2 years and holds a Master of Teaching.

Over to Pinky…

I love working in early education and care because it’s very fulfilling to provide a safe and nurturing space for children not to only grow, learn and thrive, but also to have fun and share playful, cheeky moments together before heading off to school. It’s also very rewarding seeing them grow physically and emotionally, confidently expressing themselves and becoming more and more independent in their learning, self-help skills and conflict resolution.

Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of building strong relationships with all children. As children are all unique, bringing different stories, strengths and skills, I’ve learned, adapted and been challenged to become a better teacher and friend to all my children. And also my drawing skills including Star Wars, Transformers, Bluey, Ninja Turtles, cats, cassowaries and 200 other characters and animals).

When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy hanging out with friends, finding different hobbies to do, taking care of my baby plants and going on walks.

The funniest thing a child has said to me was “Pinky, you’re cheeky, my mum and dad already knows that.” This made me laugh and when I chatted to her parents about it, they said I was the topic of last night’s dinner conversation.

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Janine Fox

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Elena Ermakova

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Leila Bagheri

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Tamara Johnstone

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Tracey Perkins Choklits Child Care

Tracey Perkins

Tracey has been with Choklits for over 15 years and has played an integral part in the education of many young children’s lives. She has a Diploma in Children’s Services and has 2 adult children she loves spending time with. There is nothing Tracey doesn’t know or love about Choklits! Over to Tracey... I love working in early education and care for the excitement of teaching little minds new tricks! Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of passing 15 and a half years service at Choklits. I have formed some great friendships with both past and present families and have so many fond memories of the Choklits Community. When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy caravanning around Australia and family time with my 2 grandsons. Every moment at Choklits is special that’s for sure, but since becoming a grandma myself the children began referring to me as Nanna Tracey which is very special and gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

Matt Choklits Child Care

Matt Reynolds

Matt (along with his wife, Jade) owns and runs Choklits. Jade and Matt have two young children and are both passionate about learning and strongly believe that all children have the right to be safe, loved and should all be set up for the best chance at success in life. Over to Matt… I began my working life delivering newspapers before settling on a career as a maintenance plumber. After working and studying to become qualified and licensed I started and grew my own high end plumbing company and serviced some of Melbourne’s most expensive and exclusive homes and business locations for luxury brands such as Kay & Burton and Lamborghini. In 2016, Jade and I purchased Choklits Child Care in Ringwood.  Developing people and building teams has always been a passion of mine. A little while back a past team member of our plumbing company called to ask me if I had realised that everyone who came through our apprentice program now works for themselves and runs their own business. I hadn’t at the time, but it’s something I’m pretty proud of. When Jade and I purchased Choklits Child...

Christine Picone Choklits Child Care

Christine Picone

Christine (or "Twigs" as she's better known at Choklits) is an Educator in our Pre-Toddler Room, holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and has been in early education for 4 years. Over to Twigs... I love working in early education and care because children light up my world and I love being able to light up theirs. I love guiding them through their early years to become the best versions of themselves. I love the Choklits community and our love of learning, our philosophy is very cohesive. Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of completing my Certificate III and my Diploma. I’ve loved having the opportunity to work with all age groups at Choklits, forming wonderful relationships with the children along the way. When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy listening to music every chance I get and going to heavy metal concerts. I love driving, especially through the mountains and if I’m not at Bathurst to watch the V8’s, I’m watching it on tv. I also enjoy playing pool.

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Ereney Hanna

Ereney is an Educator in our Toddler Room, holds a Diploma in Children Services and has been working in early education for over 10 years! Over to Ereny... I love working in early education because I believe building relationships with children helps them feel secure and supported in their learning journey from babies to young people. Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of seeing the children I've care for grow and go on to start their school journey. Some of the children that I've looked after attend the same school as my son and I find it very rewarding when they remember who I am and run over for a big hug. When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy spending time with family, I have three children of my own. I also like knitting gifts to give to my children and listening to music. The cutest thing a child has ever said to me occurred one day when I was picking up my son from school. The child, who I'd previously cared for, innocently questioned me “Oh, what are you doing here Ereney?”; he looked so confused and said...

Cassandra Godfrey Choklits Child Care

Cassandra Godfrey

Cassie (as she's know around Choklits) holds a Certificate III in Children Services, has been working in early learning since 2010 and is our Pre-Kindergarten Room Leader. Over to Cassie... Over the years I’ve become even more passionate about providing a fun and child lead environment, where children can thrive and develop long life skills to help them achieve goals, as well as setting them up for success for life. I have a strong belief that all children should have a voice and be heard, as children are our future. I also love the fact that we as educators can partake and help build the leaders of tomorrow. While working in this industry for over ten years, you come to realise just how rewarding and important it is working with children. Every week there is one or two things that happens that makes me super proud to be an educator. It’s in the little things I find I’m most proud of, whether it’s a child who can tell you the eight planets of the solar system in detail, to being capable of washing their dishes by themselves or even writing...

Anh Nguyen

Anh Nguyen

Anh has been in early learning for almost a year and holds a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care. Over to Anh... I worked with children for 2 years before moving to Australia with my husband. We have four children of our own so I know raising children is not easy and it gives me great joy to help young children in our community learn and grow. Throughout my career, I’ve been most proud of the love I develop with all children. I observe children carefully which guides my interaction and helps me understand them. They all have challenges and helping some to understand why their parents need to work and can't be with them during the days they are at Choklits is a good example. Talking with parents and then teaching their children about the reasons they work and what they do each day really helps them have a better understanding. When children move to a place of true respect for their parents, it always brings a smile to my face because I know it has a very positive impact on the family. When I’m not at...

Talia Waters Choklits Child Care

Talia Waters

Talia started working at Choklits as a part-time cleaner in 2015 while she was still at school. She decided to join our Educational Team soon thereafter, began studying and now holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. She has now been with Choklits for over 8 years! Over to Talia... I love being a part of playing a key role in helping and guiding young children as they accomplish wonderful transformations in their development and achieve milestones. Getting creative to produce inviting play spaces and experiences is one of my passions. Seeing children get excited from engaging in an experience that sparks their interest all the while supporting their growth at every stage is something remarkable. Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of building strong retaliations with not only the children, but also with their families as well. Being apart of Choklits for over 8 years has been a wonderful journey to watch children thrive from being in my care in the nursery room to graduating our kindergarten class, always makes me so sad on their last day at Choklits as I wont be able to see...

Tina Wang Choklits Child Care Ringwood

Tina Wang

Tina is an Educator in the Choklits Pre-Toddler Room, holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, moved from China to Australia in 2008 with her family and now has over 5 years experience in early education. Over to Tina... I love working in early education and care because I believe learning is happening all the time, particularly through play. I have a strong passion to connect, interact and build positive relationships with children. I enjoy guiding children to grow and learn through to play. I sharing opportunities for children to explore, discover, imagine and create in their environment. Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of my interactions with the children which include the simplest things like the children waving their hands at the end of the day and saying "bye bye, Tina". When they run to me with excitement and hugs I can see them light up and I'm reminded of how much the children care for their educators just as we care for them. When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy going for walks, being at the beach watching the sunrise and sunset. I also love to...

Grace Zhang

Grace Zhang

Grace has been working in the early childhood sector for over 3 years and holds a Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care. Over to Grace... I love working in early education and care centres because I love children, especially after I had my own children. 5 years ago I had a very hard time in helping my own child settle in a child care centre. We had tried three of the best centres in the town but my little boy still cried all day until we met an educator called Amanda. She was very caring, patient and professional. She finally helped my child settle in that centre. I just thought I want to be an educator like Amanda. It's amazing to be able to help a child feel safe and comfortable and to start helping them play and learn. Nothing can beat the wonderful job I have! Throughout my career, I’ve been most proud of the many moments of progress I see in children developing under my care. For example, very young children can get frustrated and have a tendency to snatch things they want. As educators, it's...

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Megan Fletcher

Megan holds a Certificate III in Children’s Services and has worked in early education for over 15 years! Megan works in our Pre-Toddler room at Choklits. Over to Megan… I love working in early education and care because I can provide a caring, nurturing environment for those in my care and assist them with learning life skills that will enable them to grow and develop into capable, independent people. Seeing the joy on children’s faces when they achieve everyday tasks or learn something for the first time is so rewarding. Throughout my career I’ve been most proud of my ability to adapt to difficult situations I have been placed in. Whether it was learning a little Mandarin to help assist a young girl with very little English to organising and executing a school holiday program for 5 year olds before they started school. When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy being a Mum to two very energetic and loud children. Being actively involved in my church, socialising with family and friends. I love bike riding with the family, venturing all over Melbourne, visiting different attractions and parks. The cutest thing...

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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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Karen Swale

Karen holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and works across all our rooms at Choklits. Over to Karen… I love working in education because I can teach my values to others through positive professional relationships and play! These values include physical and mental health, respect, honesty, family and friends. I enjoy interactions with children that lead to learning and laughter. Some activities I especially seek with children include singing and dancing, reading, water play, cooking, playdough and Lego! I feel a sense of belonging and camaraderie when working as part of a team of teachers and families and achieving common goals for children together. While I am proud of my achievements in teaching, including swimming teaching, being a new mother has been the best thing ever and also the hardest as I suffered badly from postnatal anxiety. Upon recovering I have received a renewed sense of self and purpose. When I’m not at Choklits I enjoy playing with my son Harry, swimming, walking my dog, chatting and being inspired with friends, watching movies, baking cakes, enjoying nature and simplicity. There have been many things said over years but some...

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