Our Staff

Here at Kate Cocks Community Children's Centre our staff have combined decades of experience to provide the best care for your child. We believe in consistancy which leads us to maintain a high retention of staff.

Melissa Alyward has been an educator for the past 32 year and 18 years as a Director which saw her land at Kate Cocks CCC 5 years ago.

Melissa believes in having strong community connections which sees her take on many different roles.  It also means our children are building stronger bonds with their local community as they get out and about visiting the local nursing home, park, beach and shops.


Melissa serves on many different Boards and Committees but none more important than her role as Chairperson with Community Children's Centres SA. It is from here that Kate Cocks CCC benefits from the knowledge and experience of the National Laws, Regulations, Standards and Learning Frameworks.

Melissa's passion for continuous improvement, growth and staff development sees her bringing in new ideas, parent opportunity for feedback and staff involvement at the centre.

Melissa works side by side with the Assistant Director to continue the growth and status of our service and to maintain our Exceeding Rating.

Assistant Director

Karina Moreton has been a valued educator at Kate Cocks CCC for the past 16 years. The last 5 of these as the Assistant Director and Educational Leader.

Over the years, Karina has worked in various roles which have provided her with a great understanding, knowledge and experience in the world of child care.

Karina's leadership and passion have contributed in establishing a culture of reflective practice and to encourage continuous improvement. She mentors and assists all educators with the planning cycle, development and implementation of the Educational Program.

Karina works side by side with the Director to meet the National Quality Standards and to keep our Exceeding Rating.


Kate Cocks CCC has a stable team of professional Educators, Administration and Kitchen staff.

Our team of Educators come from diverse backgrounds, which includes having varied skill-sets, knowledge and beliefs.

Our Educators are our most valuable resource and each Educator brings individual qualities that create our positive, respectful and nurturing environment.

All of our Educators, strive to provide a fun and engaging space for the children, families and community where everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow.