The Northern Region covers Darwin, Palmerston, Rural Top End, Katherine Region, Victoria Daly Region, West Arnhem Region, East Arnhem Region and Tiwi Islands.
Maree Bredhauer | NT Branch Manager
Maree is responsible for the management of all ECA NT Branch business, the Inclusion Agency contract for the Northern Territory and the Early Childhood Early Intervention Partnership with the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Darwin Urban service area.
Maree has extensive experience in the Early Childhood Education sector and has worked in both the private and public sector. Qualifications include Masters degrees in Early Childhood Education and International Business Management. Special interests: leadership development and communication.
Diane Cox | Inclusion Professional Co-ordinator
Diane joined the ECA NT team in 2008 as an Inclusion Support Facilitator and has been working in the early childhood field since January 2000. In January 2015 Diane took on the role of the Coordinator of the Inclusion Support Agency and currently fills the position of Coordinator NT-IA.
Born in Germany, Diane moved to Australia in 1998 and has lived, worked and studied in the Northern Territory since. Her qualifications include Bachelor of Children’s Services (2014), Diploma Children’s Services (2001) and Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator (2016). Diane has a special interest in ASD, sensory processing and teaching children social communication and play skills.
Maureen Simon | Inclusion Professional
Maureen joined the Inclusion Support team in 2014. Maureen has worked in the childcare industry for over 20 years, starting as assistant on the floor and working her way up to the Director position. Maureen has been a Director of Childcare Centre's in both Queensland and Northern Territory.
Maureen also worked for a RTO as a lecturer for Indigenous students in Certificate III in childcare. Maureen has an Advanced Diploma in Children's Services and is a registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. She is also currently upgrading her qualifications for a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.
She has a special interest in mentoring educators on the floor and setting up aesthetically pleasing environments for all children to learn and grow, especially for children with additional needs. Maureen is passionate about the Reggio Emilia philosophy.
Samantha Withers | Inclusion Professional
Samantha joined the Inclusion Support team in March 2015. Samantha has worked in the childcare industry for 16 years. Samantha has worked as a Group Leader, Assistant Director and then Director of a number of Services and as a Lecturer in Certificate III in Children's Services within the NT.
Samantha has a Diploma of Children's Services, is a registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator and is currently updating her qualification in Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Samantha is passionate about working with educators to ensure that every child’s needs are met and they are fostered to ensure growth in order to meet their full potential. She has a special interest in using sign language in everyday practices with children as she believes this assists a child's language development.
Brenda Taylor | Administration Manager
Brenda has been a part of ECA NT team since March 2015. Brenda has been an administration manager in primary schools in the NT and WA for over 20 years and has extensive experience in office administration.
Bev O'Connell | Contracts, Policy and Training Coordinator
Bev joined the Inclusion Support team in July 2016. She comes with 35 years’ experience of education and care in the Northern Territory. Bev has trained and assessed educators studying Certificate III and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care.
She has also worked over a number of years with pre-service teachers. Alongside extensive early years teaching experience, Bev has a Master’s Degree in Education, a Bachelor of Education (EC) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Bev has an interest in early years’ numeracy development.
Irene McCarthy | Inclusion Professional
Irene returned to the ECA team in April 2017. She has lived in Darwin for 30 years and since 1990 has worked in the Early Childhood sector in various roles including Educator, Family Day Care Coordinator and Inclusion Support Facilitator.
Irene has an Associate Diploma of Education (Child Care Studies) and a Diploma of Front-line Management. She has a special interest in brain development; children’s well-being; and health and nutrition.
Irene is looking forward to working with services to increase their inclusion capacity.
Carly Singer | Inclusion Professional
Carly joined the team in 2017 as an Inclusion Professional. Carly has worked in the early childhood sector for just under ten years; the last three and half of those have been here in the Northern Territory.
Carly is New Zealand qualified with a Bachelor Degree in Teaching Early Childhood.
Carly is enthusiastic about creating environments to work as the ‘3rd teacher ‘- a part of the Reggio Emilia philosophy and enjoys guiding educators in reflective practice.
Georgie Brown | Inclusion Professional
Georgie commenced with ECA NT in July 2018. She comes with 17 years’ experience working in Early Childhood services including: preschools/kindergartens, Long Day Care, playgroup, primary school, Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) and Family Day Care in both England and Australia.
Georgie has attained an Early Childhood Teaching Diploma and International Teaching Certificate from the Montessori Centre International, London; a Graduate Diploma of Education (Early Childhood) from Monash University, Melbourne; and a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood and Primary from Charles Darwin University, Darwin.
She is especially interested in children’s social and emotional well-being, the mind body connection, yoga, Brain Gym, mindfulness, and health and nutrition in early years’ settings.
Jodi-Lee Dean | Inclusion Professional
Jodi moved into the Inclusion Professional role in September 2018. She has worked through all roles in Early Education and Care over her 25 years of experience, the last being a Director of a service here in Darwin.
Jodi is excited to be using her passion for advocating for all children and to be given the chance to ensure that children are provided with quality care to develop and grow. It is satisfying to mentor educators to understand what Inclusion is and how to put this into practice, and seeing children develop into happy little individuals ready to take on the world.
The Southern Region covers Alice Springs, MacDonnell Region, Barkly Region, Central Desert Region.
Bronwyn Truscott | Southern Region NT-IA Co-ordinator
As NT-IA Coordinator Bronwyn has responsibility for administering all aspects of service delivery for the Inclusion Agency in the Southern Region of the NT. She has a Bachelor in Children’s Services and Certificate IV in Small Business.
In earlier times she has been a workplace trainer and Quality Assurance Endorsed Trainer. She has a special interest in human resources and governance and children’s behaviours.
Tracey Bainbridge | Inclusion Professional
Tracey joined the Inclusion Support team in August 2016. She has worked intermittently over a number of years whilst raising a young family, however returned in 2014, working part-time.
Tracey has had many years experience as a Director of a Child Care Service and at one time a Quality Assurance Endorsed Trainer.
She is currently upgrading her qualifications and is studying Leadership and Management. She has a special interest in the teachings and philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Montessori as well as early childhood development and sustainable environments.
Michelle Baker | Inclusion Professional
Michelle joined the Inclusion Support team in February 2017. Michelle has worked in a number of children's services from teaching in schools as a preschool to year three teacher, to an educator in early learning centres ranging from babies all the way up to 4-5yr olds, as well as teaching childcare to adult learners.
Michelle has worked extensively with children who have experienced, witnessed or are at risk of experiencing trauma. Michelle has a Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training, Diploma in Community Services Children Services, and a Bachelor in Learning Management (early childhood).
Michelle has five children, one of whom is a long term foster child, as well as a granddaughter. Michelle has a passion for reading as well as learning about culture.