Who Are We?
We’re Tim and Sharon Wearne and we’re the proud owners and operators of Cobbers Child Care Centre, in Mullumbimby - the “biggest little” town in Australia. We operate out of a converted house near the middle of town within walking distance to the main street. With plenty of parking, a drop-off area and a bike path past the entrance, we’re easy to access, making drop-off and pick-ups a dream.
Mullumbimby is a close-knit community, one we’ve been part of for thirteen years. We’ve raised our family here (they’re teenagers now!), and we know there’s no better place to live and thrive than on the NSW North Coast. It’s a magic spot. But you know that - you’re here too!
Cobbers offers something a little different because we take on the role of your extended family. We have children aged from two to school age, allowing children from the same family to be together in a warm and homely setting. We cater for a maximum of 36 children per day from Monday to Thursday, and a maximum of 29 children on a Friday. We operate from 8:00am to 6:00pm right the way through School Holidays, but closed on all Public Holidays. Over the Christmas and New Year period, we’re closed for three weeks.
Meet Our Team
We’re so proud of our dedicated and caring team of educators who are selected after an extensive interview, so we know they’re the perfect fit for our philosophy. We all work together to achieve best practice in the provision of a care and education service. Professional development of educators is ongoing through participation in training courses, attendance at conferences, in-servicing and through studying externally for certificate or diploma qualifications. We encourage our team to observe, listen, discuss, analyse, plan and reflect upon children’s learning and through this process, our team learns, has fun, and are happy in their work, ensuring each one of them can make a difference in your child's life.
All of our educators have first aid, anaphylaxis management and emergency asthma management training qualifications.
Tim Wearne is the Nominated Supervisor/Director and has a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). Tim’s role is to prepare the children in the Dingo group for school and he and the children have a lot of fun along the way. Tim is passionate about educating children and he brings out the best in every child.
Sharon Wearne is the Administration Manager and has a Bachelor of Commerce degree. Sharon keeps the paperwork under control and makes sure that everything behind the scenes is running smoothly.
Lyn McDonald has a Child Care Certificate. Lyn is the longest serving member of the Cobbers team and has built special bonds with the children that have been in her care over the years. She works with the Dingo group and encourages children to think for themselves and problem solve.
Kaytlyn Ward has a Diploma of Children's Services. Kaytlyn or Super “K” is super organised and ensures that the day runs smoothly. She works with both groups of children and loves the
bonds that she forms with the younger children. She is now putting her on the job skills into practice as she has become a first time mum in September.
Breanna Fenwick has a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. Breanna completed a traineeship at Cobbers and then worked in another industry before coming back to study for her Diploma. Breanna is a quiet achiever who works with the Possum group.
Dani Roberts is the Group Leader of the Possum group and has a Diploma of Children's Services. Dani loves cuddles and is creative in her craft activities. She loves to garden, conduct experiments and is passionate about environmental sustainability.
Wendy Morland has a Diploma of Children's Services. Wendy loves all things sparkly, which shows in her craft activities, especially at Christmas time. She also loves fairies and has a special collection which the children can play with during inside time or outside in the fairy garden.
Luke Holt is a Trainee Child Care Assistant and is studying a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Luke is the new kid on the block, learning on the job, whilst completing his studies externally.
Brianna Mackay has a
Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Brianna works with the Dingo and Possum groups and is an enthusiastic new member of our team.