Discover Amigoss Preschool and Long Day Care centre

Educating through playing in an enriched discovery-learning environment since 1980

Amigoss Pre-School & Long Day Care

Established in 1980 as an ACCREDITED COMMUNITY BASED child care facility, Amigoss preschool and long day care centre is an affordable local Child Care Facility located in Glebe.

We are open for 51 weeks per year, closing for approximately a week over Christmas. We are also closed on Public Holidays.

We believe that children learn through an active, hand on approach. We are convinced that children learn best through play in an enriched discovery-learning environment. We believe in treating children as individuals with different learning styles. AMIGOSS provides the environment that your child needs to have fun. At the same time, safe practices are our priority.

At AMIGOSS, we believe that the centre environment should be inviting and welcoming to children, their families, educators and visitors. The centre implements a child-centered program based upon the principles outlined in the National Early Years Learning Framework – Being, Belonging & Becoming. The centre respects the National Law and National Regulations and follows the standards accordingly.

Our bilingual approach allows children to discover the Spanish language and culture. Come and see it for yourself!

Our Philosophy

In AMIGOSS we are working to achieve the following goals:

  • To have fun! Ensure that our children have the right to enjoy their childhood and to be a child without undue pressure.
  • To educate! To create an educational environment where children are given lots of opportunities to practice and consolidate their skills in key learning areas including: language and literacy; creative and expressive art; mathematics; science and social and emotional development working towards the learning outcomes as expressed in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) – ‘Being, Belonging & Becoming’.
  • To teach the Spanish language! We offer to our children an amazing introduction to the Spanish language. Having fun and learning with interactive games, experiments, cooking, workshops, songs and storytelling in a vibrant and gently-focused atmosphere.
  • To enjoy our diversity! We celebrate our individual differences and learn from each other.
Our vision at AMIGOSS is to become renowned as a quality child care centre in the Inner West area, offering to the families the best services in the child care industry. We would like to become part of your family, so please share with us!
Our values describe how we behave in our centre, community and life:
  • Responsibility.
  • Integrity.
  • Respect.
  • Diversity.
  • Team Work.
  • Social Responsibility.
  • Environmental Awareness.

We feel it is important to instil our values in children’s lives through our everyday contact with them. We believe that standards and morals that are introduced at an early age result in happy children who develop into well adjusted young adults.

Our Team

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María Herguedas Irazu

María graduated from the Autonoma University of Madrid (Spain) and earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology, specialising in education and social psychology. She also holds a Masters in Affective Education and a Masters in Teaching, specialising in Foreign Languages. These certificates have been ratified by the AAEI-NOOSR (Educational and Professional Recognition Unit). In addition, she also holds her Certificate III in Childcare Services.
Maria has been working in the Childhood Industry for more than ten years; María is interested in early childhood development theories and recognises the importance of how the educational environment is critical for children to develop lifelong educational and social skills.

Irene Jímenez Lazaro

She is our Business and Marketing Manager. Irene graduated from the Carlos III University of Madrid (Spain) and earned a Bachelor Degree in Law and Journalism. She also holds a Masters in Family Mediation and Conflict Resolutions, a Masters in Business Law, and a Masters in Management and Marketing Strategies.

Irene worked as a lawyer for more than three years but she has been always linked with the Educational Industry. She holds an Educational Competence Certificate and worked as a Spanish Teacher for three years as a supporting job. She also finished a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.

Irene is a resourceful, creative, and solution-oriented person who is frequently able to come up with new and innovative approaches to every project.

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David Lopez Garcia

David is the Accountant at Amigoss. He is a Business Administration Graduate and holds a Masters in Accounting and Auditing.

He is an ambitious and dynamic person who enjoys challenges and shows his initiative in the child care industry by the improvements he makes.

He has lived in different countries in Europe and is a story-teller of his adventures as he does love travelling. He also loves water-sports and photography.

Child Care Staff

Claudia Arbelaez
Claudia ArbelaezAssistant Director
Claudia holds a Bachelor Degree in Education from the University of Antioquia, Colombia. She specialised in Arts and Cultural Education and studied a Clown Diploma as well. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.
She is committed to teaching children drama games and contributing to children’s learning processes in respectful and humorous ways.
Jenny Wood
Jenny WoodECT
She graduated from Charles Sturt University, earning a Bachelor Degree in Education (Early Childhood and Primary). Prior to getting her degree, she completed her Diploma of Children’s Services, and worked in centres in Sydney, Mudgee and Dubbo. Jenny also holds her certificate 3 in Pharmacy.

She is interested in learning different languages, and speaks a little bit of Spanish and Swahili, as well as signed English. Jenny enjoys swimming, baking and cake decorating, and is keen to share her interests with children.

She particularly enjoys working with preschool children in both a planned and spontaneous learning environments, and she believes children learn through everything they do. She endeavours to develop a quality program where children and families are involved in learning and discovering all about the world around them.

Yamile Florez Raigoza
Yamile Florez RaigozaRoom Leader
Yamile holds her Certificate III in Children Services. She is highly organised and dedicated with a positive attitude. She is enthusiastic in developing her professional career in the child care industry and she is working towards her Diploma in Children´s Services.

Yamile is very interested in planning for learning, speech pathology and dental care.

But more than anything else, she loves working with babies, and is the person in charge of our little ones. She provides experiences for babies, giving them plenty of opportunities to explore, learn and develop in many different ways.

Adriana Murua Marín
Adriana Murua MarínEducator
She holds a Certificate of Leisure Instructor, and worked for seven years in several English Camps throughout the summer in Spain. She really enjoys learning and teaching languages and also is currently studying a Certificate III in Children’s services in Australia.

She speaks fluent Catalan, Spanish and English and a bit of French, Italian and Japanese. Adriana loves to teach multinational linguistic skills to children, and with it, involving this approachable subject in her daily basis.

Diana Mejía
Diana MejíaEducator
Diana is graduated in Fine Arts from the University of Antioquia. She holds a Certificate III in Children´s Services and is working towards a Diploma in Children´s Services.

She is a charismatic and energetic person. Her passion for working with children began when she was studying Arts, where her artistic proposals were always focused on teaching art to the children, helping them develop their creativity.

She believes that through artistic activities children can express themselves, have the opportunity to experience different sensations, shapes or colours, and learn about nature and the world around them.

Natalia Penques Malheiro
Natalia Penques MalheiroEducator
Natalia graduated in Business Administration from the University Unisalesiano de Lins in Brazil. She holds a Certificate III and a Diploma in Early Childhood Education.  She is passionate about children’s development and enjoys learning about the different aspects of early childhood education.

She believes in a stimulating play-based, open learning environment, encouraging active engagement, exploration and curiosity. It is important that children develop holistically- cognitively, physically, emotionally, and socially.

Joana Abrantes
Joana AbrantesEducator
She earned a Bachelor in Anthropology and a Masters degree in Forensic Science from the University of Porto in Portugal. Her passion for traveling brought her to Australia. She is currently studying the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care in Sydney. Child care has been one of her passions, and since she arrived in Sydney, she has been working as a nanny. She believes children learn through play and they are active learners. One of her goals is helping children to express themselves improving their imagination and creativity.
Paola Miranda
Paola MirandaInclusion Support Educator
She is currently studying the Diploma of Early childhood and would like to work towards Bachelor of Teaching.
As a qualified personal trainer, she likes to keep kids healthy and active. She loves cooking healthy foods and playing games.

Her passion for children started about 3 years ago when she came to Australia and started working for a play centre. She loves interacting with the children and she is always amazed how each child is unique and develop in their own way.

Liliana Díaz
Liliana DíazEducator
Liliana graduated in Biology from The National Pedagogic University of Colombia, she is a
Specialist in Information and Communication Technologies Applied to Education.
She is also a Nurse Assistant and holds the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. She is currently completing an Advanced Diploma in Human
Resources.

She has 9 years of experience working in the education industry, 5 years in high school and 3
years in childcare.

She is an enthusiastic, reliable and fun-loving professional with a passion for early
childhood education and a lot of experience working with children and young
people. Liliana truly believes that the first five years of a child’s life are
critical for development and therefore loves to provide quality child care.

Carla Ferrer
Carla FerrerEducator
Carla graduated from the Southern University of Santa Catarina in Brazil, and earned a Bachelor degree in Psychology. She holds a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education in Sydney.
Carla is a very dedicated professional, she is very calm and patient, and strives to get the best out of each child by helping them explore the world around them.
Silvia
SilviaEducator

Chef

Ni Made Asrini Sadri

Asrini is a qualified cook. She is trained in the development of menus for special dietary requirements and Food Handling. she has been working in the child care industry since 2004.

Asrini is passionate about the Indonesian Language and Balinese dancing, and has previously worked with children with additional needs.

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