Perfect Start Childcare Birkdale Rd
190-194 Birkdale Road
(Next to Birkdale Fair Shopping Centre)
Tel. 07 3822 4633
Opening Hours
6.15am – 6..15 pm
Monday to Friday

Perfect Start Childcare
Birkdale Road

“Never judge a book by its cover.” It’s a saying you have probably heard many times. At Perfect Start Childcare Centre, Birkdale Road, we have a wonderland behind our ordinary exterior. Enter our centre to find the welcoming staff, led by myself, Miss De’Arne. Our educators are bright, energetic, qualified, passionate and caring people. Together we make an exceptional unit and team.

The outdoor environment at our Birkdale Road Centre allows children to explore their surroundings and connect with all the natural elements in our backyard. The children are encouraged to utilise their environment to extend their learning opportunities, from the indoor to the outdoor environment. We run a Government-approved Kindergarten program that runs within our Long Day Care Programs.  

We offer a challenging educational program supported by our qualified teachers. Our centre has an open-door policy and always love meeting new families. Please come down and see the amazing environment and exceptional education and care we have to offer your child the Perfect Start Birkdale Road Centre.

The Birkdale Road Team

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De’arne Mckenzie

Advanced Diploma Children’s Services
Centre Manager 

I was appointed as Nominated Supervisor at Perfect Start Childcare, Birkdale in March 2014. I am an experienced early childhood professional who began my teaching career in New South Wales more than 30 years ago. 

During my career, I have worked in a variety of services including long day care and a rural preschool and have held a number of positions including Mentor, Director, Room Leader and several management positions within my career. Over the years I have met many people that influenced me and guided me to see the potential in children and staff alike to support the growth and having the flexibility to move forward with change. 

I have a vision that supports Effective learning and teaching from birth with civil, cultural, linguistic, social, and economic rights of the child. As well as building Partnerships with families and communities to support shared responsibility for children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Throughout my time, I have been actively engaged in promoting the value of early childhood education; the rights of children; and improving the status and standing of early childhood education as a profession.


Julie-Anne Jacotine (Julz)

Diploma in Children’s Services
Deputy Director & Centre Lead

Working with children has always been my passion. I started as an assistant straight out of school and worked my way to lead educator, and director. I love what I do. Being an educator gives you a lifetime of laughter, stories and a heart full of memories. I have worked in Early Childhood for over 20 years and I like to say even though I have been doing this for many years, I learn something new everyday. My passion lies in what I do. In my free time I love reading and craft activities and spending time with my own family.


As parents all you want is the best for your children, but the best gift you can give your child is your time. Time to have conversations, play, read and learn about the world around them. Childhood is a precious time where children need time to just be…to maybe watch the clouds go by, admire the beauty in the world as well as imagine, pretend and explore, and be encouraged to practice new skills and above all else to try. “Mistakes are a portal to discovery”,James Joyce . 

Working alongside  our amazing and dedicated team of professional and passionate staff, we will support each and every child’s individual  progress throughout their learning journey through providing an atmosphere that is positive, peaceful, productive and inspiring, where children have the opportunity to be successful, capable and confident learners. When this is achieved it gives children a real love of learning. 

By nurturing children’s natural curiosity and learning through play opportunities within our service and contributions to the community here at Perfect Start, it really lays a child’s foundation for a  love for learning while providing them with a feeling of belonging to a greater world around them. 

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Miss Chantelle

Diploma and Studying Bachelor in Early Childhood Education
Lead Educator – Float

My name is Miss Chantelle but all of the children call me Channy, I currently hold my diploma in children’s services, but am also studying my Bachelor in Early childhood. Being an educator has given so much joy watching and helping the children grow and learn in many ways by acknowledging and incorporating  their voice and scaffolding their interests, to ensure fun active learning is approached from many angles and is supported throughout their time at our service.


I have been in the industry for over 10 years now, and believe I learn something new everyday.
I aim to provide a learning environment that is loving, safe, warm, welcoming and inclusive of all cultures, nationalities, abilities and family situations, ensuring all families feel safe, secure and supported, and building reciprocal relationships with my fellow educators, families and the wider community.

During my spare time I like spending time with friends and especially my own family by creating fun, exciting memories, to remember for a lifetime.

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Miss Mel

Lead Educator-Nursery

I have my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Services and currently studying my Diploma in Children’s Services. My career in childcare began almost 10 years ago.The first jobs I did, were as float staff,  then moving my way up to an assistant educator then lead educator. It is now my 5th year as a Lead Educator. 

I have learnt so much in my time working alongside children ranging from babies to kindergarten age. Every child is unique in what they bring into the centre. Each day my goal is to nurture, support and use compassion to discover the children’s individual interests and expanding on them. Using these interests lays the foundations for the program I offer and ensures the individual development of each child is supported.    

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Miss Lauren

Lead Educator-Toddlers

I have my diploma in early childhood. I love coming to work and watching the children grow and develop each day. I thoroughly enjoy carrying out activities that see the children excited to join in on.

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Miss Bek

Studying Diploma
Lead Educator-Pre Kindy

I have been in the childcare industry for over 5 years and I am currently studying my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I believe I learn something new every day from this journey I am on through engaging and learning about children’s development. Each day I endeavour to support each and every child as an individual. Through discovery, fun and engagement I am able to foster and support your child to extend on their interest in the world around them.

In my own time I enjoy spending time with my family and gardening.

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Miss Liz

Lead Educator-Pre KindyLead Educator

I have my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. Being born a Venezuelan, Chinese and I can speak 4 languages which are English, Spanish, Mandarin and Cantonese.. I love working with children as I enjoy watching and helping them grow and learn in different ways.

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Miss Leia

Lead Educator-Kindy

I have my Diploma in children’s Services, I have worked in the child care industry for 20 years. I absolutely love my job. I strongly believe the early years of a child’s life are some of the most important. Helping to imprint ideas, new learnings and a passion for discovery and investigation. 
Play is so important for each and every child, it is a way each child can explore, express themselves and to navigate their way through the world. I feel so blessed to be a part of each child’s learning journey and to experience these new discoveries with them.

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Miss Achal


I am the Kindergarten teacher here at Perfect Start  and have been here since 2012 and previous to that, completed my teaching qualifications at QUT. I enjoy working with children, engaging with them and watching them grow and develop whilst also learning at their own pace.

Perfect Start Childcare Educator

Mr Bevan

Lead Educator-Kindergarten

I have been working in childcare for the last 7 years, and have held my diploma in early childhood education for the last year. My passion lies in gardening and playing guitar with the children and that is why I love my job.