Community kindergarten
education for all

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

Who we are!

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.

Our philosophy

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.

Meet our team of carers and educators

Gani Gani Community Kindergarten is staffed by a team of passionate, caring and highly trained educators.

Colleen Goldblatt

Colleen is the director of Gan Gani and also 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.


Sally Twina

Sally has extensive experience teaching in kindergarten settings both in Australia and the United Kingdom.

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 has had two children attend Gan Gani. Sally enjoys yoga, gardening and going on outdoor adventures with her young family.

Alexandra Cope

Alex 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 and also works in our Inclusion Support area.

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. 


Lorraine Coates

Lorraine has been working in the community with young children for nearly fifteen years and holds a Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education.

She has three grown up children. Her two daughters attended Gan Gani and she still remembers the excitement of occasion and the smell of freshly baked Challah on Shabbat.

Lorraine enjoys bike riding, walking her dog and bush walking and has two cats. She and her partner love to entertain and spend lots of time in the kitchen.

Lydia Reid

Lydia works part time, usually on Wednesday and Friday in the Gan Gani office and is our administration guru.

She is responsible for all the administrative functions of the kindy and works closely with the education team, our bookkeeper and the committee to ensure the smooth running of the centre.

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.

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Janice Jorgensen

Janice is one of our Inclusion Support Educators.

Janice is married with one grown up daughter, and she is passionate about her volunteer work with a Greyhound dog rehoming group.

Sandhya Vemulapad

Sandhya migrated to Australia in the year 2000 and she absolutely loves living in Brisbane.

She has always worked with children, as teaching has been her passion.  Sandhya is one of Inclusion Support Educators. 

Sandhya has two children.  When she is not busy with her family or teaching, she enjoys reading. 


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