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Staff Profile - Trish Cook - Senior Director

Updated: Feb 19

As a parent 39 years ago, I joined the Management Committee of the community based child care centre that my children attended, because I wanted to make sure they were getting the highest possible care and education they could. I loved it and it didn’t take long before I was working as a cook and then with the children. During my pregnancy with my 4th child I became the chairperson of the first occasional care centre in the State. Here I learnt many new skills from overseeing a construction site to writing an opening speech and delivering it to the then Prime Minister the Hon. Bob Hawke.

Upon returning to full time work I was lucky enough to win a position at the brand new Warradale Community Child Care Centre, where I worked for nearly 5 happy years. During this time, I gained my qualifications but there were no qualified positions available for me, so I moved on. In 1998 I moved to Clare and began my journey of Leadership at the Clare Valley Children’s Centre. Being in the country offered many opportunities and I worked as a Family Day Care Coordinator, taught Certificate 3 in Child Care at Clare and Gawler TAFE, and worked in Community Health in several roles. These positions enabled me to see children and families in a very holistic way and I believe shaped me into being a better director. After 8 years out of the sector I was lured back into being a Director & quickly recognised that here was where my passion lay.

Circumstances brought me back to Adelaide and I have lived here for the past 8 years. Nearly three years ago I won the position of Senior Director back here at Warradale and I feel like I have returned home. I now oversee both sites and love my job.

I believe children deserve a childhood where they are free to explore their curiosities, take risks, be exposed to rich experiences and have opportunities to simply sit & dream. I enjoy being instrumental in ensuring these things happen at WCCC. I am passionate about high quality programs and reading aloud to children.

On the home front I unwind by making greeting cards, sewing and quilting as well as spending time with family, friends and my amazing grandchildren, Matisse and Menzie.

I am a CROWS tragic and have held a members seat for many years. I am an executive board member of Early Childhood Australia and a passionate advocate for the early years sector.


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