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We are a family owned and run organisation with over 40 years experience in the industry. We understand the value in flexibility around education.
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Meet some of our team

Michael French

Managing Director

Michael has thirty years’ experience in managing operations and teams with fourteen years’ experience as the Managing Director of his family owned Jawbem Group supporting education and care of the youngest in our community. After working as a Commissioned Officer of The Australian Regular Army, Michael worked with Spotless Services and Westpac Group before taking on the challenge of his own business. Michael has a passion for the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education and care, and with his wife Jo, have had the fortune to undertake several study tours to Reggio Emilia and have the benefits of those tours influence thinking back home in Adelaide. He holds an MBA and in his spare time Michael enjoys cycling, playing golf and spending time with his family.

Amelia French

Executive Director, Trainer & Assessor

Amelia has worked in Early Childhood and Education for a number of years, beginning as an educator in an ELC before stepping up to support  the training and development of new staff in both ELC and In-Home Care settings. After spending five years as an Educator, Amelia moved into the administration/management space working as Business Services Co-Ordinator for The Ranges ELC and Adelaide Family In-Home Care and then as Operations Manager for ELC Training. Adding to her professional skills, Amelia recently became a Trainer & Assessor. Additionally, Amelia has spent the past five years as a private primary, secondary and tertiary music teacher. Amelia has completed her Cert III and Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Certificate in digital Marketing, Certificate in Implementing digital Marketing Strategies, Cert IV in Training and Assessment and is a member of The Australian Institute of Company Directors. Amelia also works as a professional musician and enjoys attending dance classes and playing with her cat.

Demelza sayers

Compliance manager

Demelza has worked in Early Childhood for her entire professional career. You name it in the industry and I’m sure she has done it. Demelza began her career as a student at The Ranges ELC in 2003 almost 18 years ago when her passion for educating children first began. Demelza spent the next few years working in conjunction with studying her Diploma and became an Educational Leader in a nursery setting, igniting her passion for infants and their voice to be heard. Not only did she care for these children, but was very passionate about education starting from  birth. This lead her to continue studying her Batchelor of Early Childhood Education and becoming one of the first Registered Teachers to work with an infant age group within the industry. Demelza moved into an Assistant Director space along with a managerial space spending 3 years as Director of Quality and Compliance and a further three years as a compliance manager. Demelza is very passionate about early childhood and networking within the industry to produce future leaders that are passionate about educating our youngest citizens.

Kasey Evans

partner site liaison

Kasey has spent the past 20 years working with people, starting her career working in the HR Department at a local SA Credit Union. She holds a Bachelor of Business- Administrative Management, as well as having completed further studies in the HR and Payroll disciplines over the years. She has enjoyed working in varying roles including HR/Payroll Clerk, Business Administrator, Events and even in Sales – all whilst supporting management, staff and clients. She is passionate about supporting staff and helping them to grow in their roles. Kasey’s affiliation with The Ranges Early Learning & Care Centre began when her own children attended the Centre, and in early 2020 she took up the role of HR Coordinator with The Ranges where she has been supporting current Directors and staff. Kasey is a wife and Mum to three children and enjoys spending time with her children with their many extra-curricular activities and getting away as a family on camping trips.

Christine Bennett

Trainer & Assessor

Christine’s interest in Early Childhood Education began when she was studying a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Sub major in Counselling and Interpersonal skills), as she found Developmental Psychology fascinating. From there, Christine completed a Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) and completed her placements and worked in Reggio Emilia inspired Early Learning Centres and Schools. Her studies and ongoing professional development, has led Christine through multiple leadership positions at The Ranges Infant Toddler Centre for nearly 10 years as being a Teacher for varying age groups and as an Educational Leader. Christine has a strong understanding of the importance of children’s developmental stages and interlinking it into children’s joy of learning through play.
Christine has now turned her attention to being a Trainer and Assessor in order to help students through the completion of their studies with ELC Training.
Christine also has an interest in Agriculture and livestock which comes from her childhood of growing up and working on the family farm on the Yorke Peninsula. Christine enjoys going over there with her husband and two young daughters, as well as spending time catching up with friends.

Shannon Incledon

Trainer & Assessor

Shannon began her working career following many different paths developing her supportive management style and exploring her creative side undertaking her Advanced diploma in Fashion Design and Technology. With a passion for working with children, she began her studies in Early Childhood Education (Certificate III and Diploma) after her daughter was born. She began working within different age groups and eventually became the team leader for the nursery space at Gawler Riverside Early Learning Centre. Whilst holding onto her passion for helping educators around her to develop and improve on their own practices, Shannon made the change to become a Trainer and Assessor at ELC Training Australia. Shannon is a bubbly and committed Trainer and she is excited to support future educators within the Early Childhood sector.

Stephanie watson

Trainer & Assessor

Stephanie started her journey as a university student studying her Bachelor of Early Childhood. Upon completing her first year, she confirmed that this was the pathway and sector that she was truly passionate about but wanted to spend more time with the children. As a result, Stephanie deferred university and started to pursue a Certificate III and Diploma in Childrens Services.
Stephanie worked at our Partner Site Gawler Riverside ELC for 7 years, notably as the Educational Leader in the Nursery. She believes in a holistic approach to teaching and creating equal opportunities for children to explore and engage with their world through play. Stephanie has a love for learning and values growth, development, and success for children and educators. This is where Stephanie found a passion for coaching and mentoring colleagues and students on their practical placement at the service and went on to complete her studies in training and assessment and pursue full time employment as a Trainer/Assessor.
Stephanie has worked as a Trainer/Assessor for the past four years, acquiring experience in training both external and face to face classroom delivery. She has recently worked as a VETIS Coordinator; developing and implementing programs for school-based students to study Certificate III in Early Childhood as part of SACE completion.
Stephanie is a dedicated soccer and gymnastics mum to her two beautiful children and also playing soccer herself. In her spare time her family heads down to the Murray River to relax at their family shack.