Mel & Mike Comerford – Owners

As the proud new owners of Arden Early Learning and teachers themselves Mel and Mike are highly passionate about early childhood and ensuring each child has a bright and nurtured early childhood experience.

Mel is the Director and Founder of Astute Early Years Specialists, a boutique early childhood management consultancy in Brisbane. Mel is also an experienced early childhood professional with more than 25 years working in the early years sector and is passionate about and dedicated to the quality of education & care for all children.

Mel has spent 10 years in senior executive roles with Goodstart Early Learning and C&K Association Limited, both large not-for-profit early childhood organisations that together deliver exceptional early childhood education and care to more than 100,000 children nationally.

Mike has been a high school teacher for over 30 years. He has worked in various schools throughout Brisbane and most recently teaches manual arts at Forest State High. When Mike is not teaching, he is a dedicated cyclist and very talented handyman. Mike has spent many years in early childhood centres helping with odd-jobs and handyman tasks.

Mel & Mike are parents to four beautiful children and together and are both very excited to be the new owners of Arden Early Learning.

Kat Cupples – Centre Manager

Hi my name is Kat and I have been in the early learning sector for 18 years mainly working as an Early Childhood Teacher and more recently as an Educational Leader mentoring and supporting educators in best practice.

I have three children aged from 12 to 21 and my family and I moved to the Gold Coast from New Zealand in 2014.

I live locally and am extremely happy to be working in and serving my local community which I love s so much.

I believe in the concept of lifelong learning, helping children to feel a sense of Belonging and working collaboratively with colleagues, young people and their families to provide the best education and care possible.

Helping young people to develop the skills they need to grow and contribute to society with competence and confidence is where my heart lies as someone who works closely with children and their families.

I have experience in working with the families of the young people in my care to provide the best outcomes for all involved.

This has been possible by my strength to be able to confidently and comfortably develop and maintain genuine relationships with parents, caregivers and family members.

I am solutions based, have a growth mindset, and am committed to working smart to find the best possible outcomes for all young children and families I work with. I have a reflective nature and an enquiring mind therefore am consistently looking for ways to keep my practice up to date and relevant to the needs of the children and families in my care.

I look forward to welcoming you and your family to Arden Early Learning.

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