In 1989, a group of play-group mothers who met at the South Brisbane Synagogue decided to establish a Jewish community kindergarten.
And Gan Gani Kindergarten was born.
Under the presidency of Judy Schnitzer, Gan Gani was envisioned as a local Brisbane community kindergarten and preschool with Jewish traditions at the heart of our educational programs
Gan Gani is a not-for-profit community kindergarten. Managed entirely by a volunteer committee of current and past parents, our emphasis on family, hands-on learning and Jewish tradition can be felt in everything we do.
Over the past 20 plus years, all of our kindy children have learned about Judaism and tradition through music, art and stories as part of our multicultural experiences. Our kindergarten education is provided in a relaxed, fun and family-oriented environment.
In 2011, the Queensland Government amended kindergarten affiliations from C&K only to five Central Governing Bodies (CGBs). The 2010 and 2011 Gan Gani Management Committees thoroughly investigated all CGB options and decided to change our kindergarten services affiliation to The Gowrie (Qld) Inc.
The Gowrie (Qld) Inc is a non-profit, early childhood organisation and has a long tradition and commitment to best practice in children’s quality care and education throughout Australia. Visit The Gowrie (Qld) Inc for further information.
Gan Gani has been rated as EXCEEDING in all areas according to the National Quality Standard.
Our kindergarten education programs are all designed and informed by our philosophical commitment to creating a safe space where our children can really be themselves.
We embed our philosophy in our emergent curriculum at every level.
Gan Gani is a place where kids can learn, discover, explore and grow to become lifelong learners.
We focus on teaching our children how to think, not what to think.
Gani Gani Community Kindergarten is staffed by a team of passionate, caring and highly trained educators.
Colleen is the director of Gan Gani and the teacher for the Monday and Tuesday group. Additionally, she coordinates the Jewish program at the kindy.
Since graduating in South Africa with a degree in education (BA equivalent, RSA), Colleen has since furthered her studies in Australia with a qualification in early childhood and in teaching dance.
Colleen strongly believes in instilling a culture of respect, tolerance and acceptance amongst the children and their families at kindy as well as in the larger community. Her long standing affiliation with the kindy, including the attendance of her own children, has made her a special part of the Gan Gani family.
Therese is the educational leader at Gan Gani and the teacher for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday group. Her extensive experience includes working with children and young people in a variety of educational settings both at home and abroad. Her educational experience includes a Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts, and Graduate Diploma in Editing and Publishing.
Therese is passionate about child protection and instilling a sense of self in the children in her care. She enjoys interacting with families in the community and loves her role at Gan Gani.
Outside of work, Therese enjoys cooking, gardening and camping with her young family.
Alex is the educator for the Monday and Tuesday group. She holds a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood) and a Bachelor of Arts. Her past work experience includes many years as a teacher and, more recently, a research officer in the field of socially and emotional development. Alex loves working with both children and their families to support learning and development.
She and her husband have two children, a dog and a cat, and in her free time she loves spending time with her family, friends, travelling, reading, bush walking and swimming in the ocean.
Lori holds a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, and is the educator for the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday group. She is a long-standing and devoted member of the Gan Gani team and brings a wealth of experience in early education, and in the support and care of young people.
Lydia works part time (Mondays & Wednesdays) in the Gan Gani office and is responsible for administration and assisting the bookkeeper with the finances.
Lydia holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in economics and banking and is a busy mother of two boys. In addition to working at Gan Gani, she also does part time work in another community kindergarten.
Sally has extensive experience teaching in kindergarten settings both in Australia and the United Kingdom, and works in the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday groups in the role of Inclusion Support.
She holds a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and has special interest in the areas of children’s literature, art and nature education.
Sally enjoys yoga, gardening and going on outdoor adventures with her young family.