Meet our amazing centre leaders!
"Every child deserves a champion—an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be." – Rita Pierson
Sweetpeas is a family run business, primarily overseen by our amazing experienced Managing Director, Janine Evans.
Janine is the Managing Director and Approved Provider of all four of our Sweetpeas services. Janine has been an early childhood education and care educator for 30 years in the Penrith region.
Janine is qualified with an Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Studies) and has many years of experience with children with additional needs and catering to families from a range of different backgrounds.
Janine is a passionate learner and is always excited for professional development opportunities and chances to learn new knowledge and skills. Training Janine has participated in includes: Auslan, behaviour management, inclusion support, reconciliation, nutrition, food safety, child protection, healthy eating and physical activity, social justice in early childhood, and understanding the National Quality Standard.
Other than Janine, Sweetpeas has a small executive management team who own the Sweetpeas companies. To learn more about them, visit our Management Team page!
Each centre has a Director to ensure there is a responsible person in charge no matter which centre Janine is attending each day.
Linda is the Director of our Cranebrook centre. Linda is qualified with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and has worked at Sweetpeas Cranebrook since we took over in 2016.
Linda has an interest in STEM education and was honoured as a Leader in early childhood STEM education by Little Scientist House in January 2022!
Linda stepped into the role of Assistant Director in 2023 after several months of being mentored by Cassie before she left for maternity leave in March. We are lucky to have Linda's creativity and commitment to professional development in our leadership team!
Brooke is the Director of our Penrith centre. Brooke is qualified with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and joined the Penrith team shortly after we started operating.
Brooke worked with Janine at the beginning her career when she began studying her Certificate III at another service Janine was leading at the time.
Brooke's passion for early childhood education motivated her to continue her professional development, completing her Diploma in 2022 via a work-based traineeship at Sweetpeas. We are so proud of Brooke's development as an educator and now a leader!
Sarah is the Director and a Nominated Supervisor of our St Clair centre. Sarah is qualified with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and previously worked in our Cranebrook centre after joining the Sweetpeas team in 2017.
Sarah moved to Sweetpeas St Clair in late 2021 to be mentored by our previous leader, Jacinta, before she left for maternity leave in April 2022.
Sarah has been an educator for 10 years and has previously worked with Janine at other centres in the Penrith area. More recently, Sarah has been doing some amazing work, assisting to audit the company's various WHS procedures!
Brooke is the Assistant Director of our St Marys centre. Brooke is qualified with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and joined the St Marys team when we began operating in July 2022.
Brooke stepped into the role of Assistant Director in July 2023 after demonstrating her leadership skills during the service's Assessment and Rating process.
Brooke is being mentored by Janine as she learns the various responsibilities and duties associated with leading an early childhood education and care service.
Welcome to the leadership team Brooke!
If you would like to meet more of our dedicated team of Sweetpeas educators and support staff, please don't hesitate to contact us and book a tour of one of our centres.