Talia Waters Choklits Child Care

Talia Waters

Educator

Hi, my name is Talia Waters!

I have completed my Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care and I’m currently completing my Diploma in Early Childhood and Care.

I have worked at Choklits for 3 years in different roles and I love working with children helping them develop, grow and smile.

I come from a very big family and enjoy going away camping, music and seeing my friends.

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