Our Team

Our Management Team

Ashleigh Piek

Owner/Business Manager – Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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.

Emma McLean

Director and Nominated Supervisor – Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Emma is the Director at Anchorage Early Learning, and oversees the day-to-day running of the Centre, staffing, as well as managing new enrolments, all parent enquiries and administrative duties. She is extremely passionate about the Early Education industry and goes out of her way to make every family feel welcome at Anchorage. Emma has been working in the Early Childhood sector for over 11 years after completing her Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. She firmly believes that each child and family should encounter interesting and meaningful learning experiences, and feel a sense of belonging and involvement at our Centre. On both a personal and professional level she values diversity and equity, and believes that this is reflected in the Centre’s approach to teaching and the welcoming environment that has been established. As a local member of the Sutherland Shire community, Emma aims to provide secure education and care that supports the development of an ecological identity: meaning children learn about themselves, as well as each other in the context of their community. It is this understanding which helps them to care for one another and care about our community more broadly.

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.”


Mechaela Baumann

Educational Leader  – Certificate 3, studying Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

Mechaela is the Educational Leader at Anchorage Early Learning, leading the development and implementation of the educational program while ensuring that children’s learning and development are guided by the learning outcomes of the Early Years Learning Framework. Mechaela has a strong sense of purpose and puts the children at the forefront of all her decisions, whilst leading a strong team of early childhood professionals.

Mechaela has five years’ experience in the early childhood sector and is near the completion of a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Through the active participation in this degree, Mechaela is able to share a wealth of current knowledge, theoretical perspectives, ideas and pedagogical practice with our team as she leads and works alongside them as an Educator in the Captains room.