About Us

  • Greater Hume Children Services is an approved service with NSW Department of Education and Communities (Service Approval No. SE-00007581) auspiced by Greater Hume Shire Council
  • The service has a proud record of quality assurance and in June 2012 was assessed as "Exceeding the National Quality Standard" with the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority
  • Greater Hume Children Services was named NSW Winner pf the Coordination Unit of the year 2013 by Family Day Care Australia.

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Our Staff


Ester Vanhinnisdael, Service Manager

http://www.ghchildren.com.au/Portals/7/Ester_headshot.jpg Qualifications: Bachelor of Social Sciences, Diploma of Community Services and Certificate III in Children's Services. I started my career in child care as an assistant in a long day care centre working my way up to Room Leader of the Preschool Room. I then moved into Child Protection where I worked for 2 years. This was then followed by five years with the Victorian Government-Community Correctional Services where I was a Leading Case Manager and Court Prosecutor.

Deanne Burr, Support Coordinator

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Children Services 2011.Certificate IV in Training and Assessing 2007.Since joining the service in 2001, Deanne has a key support role assisting educators and families to ensure the best outcomes for children in care. Deanne provides a link between staff, educators, children and the Service Manager. Additionally Deanne coordinates the  recruitment  of educators and family registrations and placements. 


Libby Keogh, Support Coordinator

Qualifications: Diploma of Children's Services.Libby has extensive experience in the child care industry including long day care, occasional care and family day care including Gymbaroo programs, as well as management of a long day care centre. This environment has provided a broad knowledge and understanding of families and the child care industry needs. After taking a few years off between her own children and since joining Greater Hume Children Services in 2011, Libby continues her passion and enjoyment of working with children, families and the wider community.Libby believes that children are unique and so is challenged by the understanding and caring to best meet the needs of each child and to encourage their development. Libby believes the importance of working and communicating with each family to best understand the children in care. Libby also enjoys working with educators to help them with children in their care and to support their skills and knowledge wherever possible.

Debbie Moreland, Support Officer

Qualifications: Certificate lV in Business Administration, Certificate lV in Children's Services and Certificate lll in Information Technology.Debbie's association with the organisation began in 1994 as a family day care educator whilst raising her six children. In 2003 Debbie joined as a staff member and since then has undertaken training to support her role keeping abreast of technology which has impacted on the service.Debbie's role is to provide admin support to staff and educators including processing children's attendance records and administration of the child care management system, office administration of the service and to act as a continual link between families that use the service, staff and educators.Debbie says, "What I love about my job is that it is always challenging and very rewarding. It is great when you hear families saying "thanks so much you have been very helpful".



Fiona Pattinson, Support Coordinator and Playgroup Leader

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services.I am originally from Scotland, and moved to Australia nearly 19 years ago. After a few weeks of arriving In Albury, I gained employment at a private long day care centre, working in the baby’s room and junior pre-school as the room leader, over a 10 year period. I then decided to gain my TAE “Certificate IV in Training and Assessment”, to gain more knowledge and understanding of training and delivery, in early childhood.
In 2007 I started work at Wodonga TAFE  were I was a teacher for Certificate III and Diploma of Children Services, and started up the first Nature Playgroup in this area, for community , families and students.
My Passion is being outdoors in Nature with children, letting them explore, investigate and to let them just Be…
Already at playgroup, we have had some fun, with going to many different places, nature walks in Jindera , Going up Nail Can Hill , Gerogery at a farm, building a fire, learning about fire safety  and cooking bread, but we have so much more to come, Family Day Care week, The Biggest Morning Tea, to name a few.  I believe that community is so important, for children and families to get that sense of belonging.
I am so looking forward to my new role, and excited about meeting and working with the staff, educators, children and  local communities.





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