About Us

Meet The Team

We are a dedicated team of child care professionals, excited to me you and your family! Learn more about our experienced team members below.

Netta Gove

Owner/Director/Room Leader

My name is Netta Gove (neé Sawicki) and I was born and raised on the North Shore of Sydney where I attended East Lindfield Primary School and Killara High School. While earning my Bachelor of Interior Design at UTS, I gained a variety of work experience as a cook, caterer, sales assistant, designer, nanny and teacher. Those later experiences proved to be formative and during my post-Uni gap year, I came to realise that while I enjoyed my work as a designer, my true passion was, and continues to be, working with children.

Upon my return, I became a nanny and, in 2005, I completed a Diploma in Children’s Services. Since that time, I have been the teacher/room leader of the (0-3) babies room at two different centres and have also worked for an agency that allowed me the opportunity to work with children of all ages in various childcare centres across Sydney. Although I have enjoyed working in childcare centres and have gained valuable experience while doing so, it has been a long-time dream to open a home-based centre that allows me to provide more individualised attention to the children in my care.

I have been running Cockatoo Family Day Care since May 2013, and have loved every moment. It truly is my dream job. I feel so fortunate to be able to watch the children grow and develop.

I am very excited for the next chapter of Cockatoo FDC, having Karen as an educator and another group of children on the premises will open up a myriad of possibilities, activities and experiences.

Jessica McDougall

Room Leader

Hey there, my name is Jessica McDougall and I am a dedicated and loving child care worker.

I have worked within the child care industry for 7 years and have gained a lot of experience and knowledge from working within a variety of different age groups in a assortment of centres; I have worked with and feel confident in working with all ages ranging from 0-12 as I have also had experience working within a vacation care which catered for 6-12 years.

I have also worked as a room leader in the pre-school room which focused on school readiness, through this experience I learnt so much and am able to encourage and help children to reach their milestones confidently in preparation for primary school.

I have also worked within a nursery of 0-2 which I loved. I have also been in a floating position which allows me to be in every room daily which is a great way to get to know all the children in the centre and their families within an 85 place centre.

I have had experience in working with special needs children, children on the autism spectrum, children with global delays and behavioural issues. I feel comfortable and confident in any child care scenario because of my past experience and I feel like working with children comes naturally to me too, there is no other job I would rather be doing.

The reason I love working within child care, especially in a family day care situation is that I get to interact more readily and get a lot of one on one time to form those special intimate bonds with the children in a loving and nurturing environment.

I currently reside on the central coast, I love the beach and the laid back coastal lifestyle; In my own time I practice yoga and meditation as well as write.

I hope we can give your child that loving nurturing environment that many parents long for in a day care.

Hiranya Kijbochai (Pook)

Room Leader

My name is Hiranya or you can call me “Pook” as my nickname. I am originally from Thailand and have lived in Australia for ten years.

I have had experience in caring for children for about ten years (aged between 3 months and 8 years old.). My latest role was working as a family day care educator at Hanna’s (Mango Tree Monkeys Family Day Care) for about 2 and a half years. Prior to the role, I worked as a nanny for 5 years and the family and I are still in regular contact to this day. Before coming to Australia, I was a teacher assistant (trainee) for 3 months at an International Kindergarten in Bangkok. Afterwards, I worked as an Au Pair in America before moving to Sydney to study. During my study in Sydney, I worked part-time babysitting for many families and my first experience working at a family day care was in Waverly during my school break.

I have completed Certificate III in Children’s Services and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (English) from Bangkok. I hold a current certificate for first-aid and asthma and anaphylaxis training and also safe food handling certificate.

I am delighted to join Cockatoo day care team. I have known Netta since I worked at Hanna’s and also had Bento in my care for 2 days a week for a short period of time. It was very sad when Hanna’s day care was closed last Christmas because I had formed good relationships with the children and families. However, we had such great time and the children enjoyed learning through individual play and group time – a lot of cooking, science experiments, singing and dancing, story time, arts and crafts, outdoor activities, etc. Also, they were interested in learning different cultures and languages. As I had a few older children, I encouraged them to experience school readiness to get ready for school.

Thanks to Hanna, I had the opportunity to be a volunteer at Lindfield Montessori preschool where her son goes. I assisted the teachers in preparing and delivering the class every Wednesday for 6 weeks last year. It was great for me to experience the different environment and I put some interesting activities from Montessori in the learning program as well.