1857 Sturt St, Alfredton, VIC, 3550
(03) 5334 3676

Our People

Our People

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Annabel Geddes

Centre Manager

Annabel commenced her career in the early childhood industry 17 years ago. Annabel has been working at Sturt Street Early Learning for the past 3 years and eagerly took on the role of Centre Manager in early 2019. Annabel holds her Diploma in Early Education and Care and has held various positions throughout the sector ranging from a an Assistant to a Centre Chef.

Annabel is passionate about creating lasting relationships with all our children and families and puts a strong emphasis on building a strong team environment. Annabel works hard to ensure our centre is warm and welcoming, she believe that first impressions are so important in any business, so making every single family that walks through the front door feel like they are part of the Sturt Street family from the very first moment is vital.

Annabel can be contacted on [email protected].


Ivona Lozanovski

Area Manager

Ivona Lozanovski began her Early Learning journey 13 years ago and holds a Diploma of Children’s Services.

Ivona commenced her career in 2008 as an Assistant Educator and has since worked her way up within the industry, going on to hold various positions within the sector.

Ivona’s greatest passion is working alongside our industry leaders to support them in providing an enriching program and environment for our children that will provide them with the best possible early learning journey, our Early Childhood Industry has to offer.

Ivona can be contacted at [email protected]


Our Educators

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We believe that our Educators are our greatest asset.

They have the most important job in the world; caring for and educating our precious children, this why it is vital that we have a dedicated team of caring, committed and experienced Educators. At St Helena Early Learning our Educators will inspire our children with their energy, passion and creativity. They will care for our children with respect, love and encouragement. They will educate, guide and teach our children, they will empower, protect and challenge our children and they will interact, play and have fun with our children. This is our promise to you.

We will always support and encourage our Educators to never stop learning. We embrace all professional development opportunities and urge our Educators to further their knowledge, skills and experience personally and professionally.

We have amazing Educators that champion particular roles in our service, these roles include an Educational Leader, Sustainability Officer, Workplace Health and Safety Representative and Wellbeing Officer. These passionate leaders are committed to their role and really drive our curriculum, initiatives, experiences and quality in their area of excellence. They work with our team, families and children to ensure procedures and programs are embedded into our everyday practices and interactions.


Steve Murphy

Managing Director

The owner of Sturt Street Early Learning has extensive experience and a proud history in the Early Childhood Education sector. In 2004 Steve Murphy and his wife Larissa Murphy purchased their first childcare centre in Queensland after identifying a need for a family owned and operated boutique early childhood education service. Having two children of their own, gave Steve and Larissa a personal understanding of the importance of early childhood education and care and the motivation and drive to make a difference in the industry.

Steve brings a unique set of skills, industry experience and knowledge to the Sturt Street Early Learning family. He is committed to providing state of the art learning studios and environments and educational excellence. He is also passionate about investing in a high quality staff and viewing early childhood education and care through a parent’s eyes.


Emma Lamendola

General Manager

Emma Lamendola commenced her career in Early Childhood Education 24 years ago.

She hold a Diploma in Community Services, Advanced Diploma of Children Services and Certificate 4 in Workplace Training and Assessing. Emma has held several positions in the industry, varying from centre level at a number of services to management level with corporate, private and community based operators.

Emma’s passion for children and high quality pedagogy is evident in her dedication and enthusiasm. Emma manages our centre operations and spends her time at our service developing, supporting, training and mentoring our educators.

Emma can be contacted at:  [email protected].