Management Team

Our Management Team

Ashleigh Piek

Owner/Business Manager

Bachelor of Education (Primary), studying Bachelor of Education (Early Years)

Ashleigh is a qualified Primary School Teacher and is studying towards her Early Education Degree and is passionate about children and their education. She has previously taught in a Childcare Centre for 3 years and then went on to study her degree in Primary Education, where she had 5 years of full time teaching experience, predominately with the lower years (K-2). Ashleigh is a mother to two gorgeous young boys, Jack and Boston. She understands the importance of finding a Childcare Centre that is trusting and has the child’s best intentions at heart. Every decision Ashleigh makes within the Centre, whether it be new resources or decisions within rooms, she always uses her two boys for the reference, ‘would she want that for her two boys, Jack and Boston?’ Ashleigh believes that this is one of the best ways to run a Centre that exceeds parents expectations.

Mechaela Baumann

Director, Nominated Supervisor and Educational Leader

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care, studying Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Mechaela is the Director and Educational Leader of Anchorage Early Learning, overlooking the day-to-day operation of the Centre, while leading and supporting the team to develop and implement a high quality educational program that is guided by the Early Years Learning Framework. Mechaela prides herself on being a passionate early childhood professional and has been a valued part of the sector for over six years. Mechaela is near the completion of a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and is able to share a wealth of current knowledge with the team and all families, ensuring that all children in care have the best possible start to life.

Mechaela manages all new enrolments, parent enquiries and administrative duties in the office, and looks forward to welcoming all current and new families into the service. If not in the office, you will find Mechaela teaching the Captains Auslan or embarking on regular River Kindy adventures with small groups of children. With reference to the following quote: “Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by: instead they should embark together on a journey down the water” (Loris Malaguzzi – The Hundred Languages of Children), Mechaela values the environment as a third teacher and endeavours to inspire children to view the world through an ecological lense, not only while at River Kindy, but through regular community outings. Having grown up in Grays Point, Mechaela is able to create and maintain a positive community culture which is used as a platform to create the educational program and foster collaborative partnerships.

Anja Kasteleiner

2IC  – Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Anja is the 2Ic at Anchorage Early Learning, leading our exceptional team by example as she works alongside them on the floor within our Senior Sailors room. Being in the Early Childhood sector for for over 18 years she has extensive knowledge of the EYLF, NQF, programming and children’s development.

I believe the children are our future…I believe each and every child has the potential to bring something unique and special to the world. I will help children to develop their potential by believing in them as capable individuals.

My role as an educator is to give children the tools with which to cultivate their own gardens of knowledge. To accomplish this goal, I will teach to the needs of each child so that all learners can feel capable and successful.

As an educator I believe children are competent and capable beings who deserve a safe, secure and supportive learning environment. I really feel that children can learn so much through play, which is why it is important to provide learning environments and experiences that are stimulating and challenging, assisting them to become confident and active participants in society. “It takes a village to raise a child” – this is why I believe in working in close partnerships with families as well as utilising local community network resources, to ensure a holistic approach to each child’s learning.

I believe that by awakening children’s love of nature, we create compelling reasons for them to want to read, write, research, and learn. My goal is to develop a sense of wonder and respect for the natural world. Children who learn to appreciate and respect the natural world will make wiser ecological choices now . . .and in the future.”


Fiona Jones


Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood & Primary)

Fiona works as part of our Management Team, utilising her knowledge and experience in accounts, billing and Child Care Subsidy while liaising with all families to ensure understanding and consistency in these areas. Fiona works closely with Mechaela to ensure all administration is always current and up to date, ensuring that Anchorage is constantly upholding it’s high standard across the Centre.

Fiona has been working in the Early Childhood sector for eight years after completing her Bachelor Degree at Australian Catholic University where she studied both Early Childhood and Primary Teaching.

Growing up in Grays Point gives Fiona a unique understanding of the local community as well as the additional knowledge and connections to involve Anchorage in fantastic community events and opportunities.