About Us

PFC Philosophy

Parap family centre provide an environment that is safe, friendly and welcoming to all members of the community. We believe we create an environment where meaningful relationships are developed, and a strong sense of community is maintained.

We believe the children who come through Parap Family Centre develop secure relationships with the educators which supports them through their learning journey as they develop lifelong skills and qualities.

We view the children as active participants and decision makers, we believe they bring their own diverse knowledge and skills to their learning.

We aim to develop environments that are aesthetically pleasing and are rich and provide opportunities for learning and exploring. Our educators encourage the children to respect the environment through our sustainability practices.

Our educators are highly valued and respected for their experience and knowledge in the Early Childhood Care and Education field.

Meet Our Team

Jade Johnston

Jade Johnston

My name is Jade Johnston. I have worked at Parap Family centre since 2018 and love the sense of belonging and sense of community the centre has. I am originally from Ireland and moved to Australia in 2013. I have worked in the Early childhood sector for 10 years and value being a part of the children's learning in their early years.

My favourite quote: Play is the Highest form of Research-Albert Einstien

Lidiane Rodrigues

Lidiane Rodrigues

I relocated from Brazil to Australia in 2010 and completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Education in 2017. Since then I have been working in the Child Care Industry and have had the pleasure of working in Canberra, Sydney and now in Darwin. I love to help children to develop their skills, discovering talents and exploring their own world.

Maureen Lutter

Maureen Lutter

Kia Ora,

Hello, my name is Maureen Lutter.

I moved to Darwin last year with my husband after spending a few years in Melbourne, but I am originally from New Zealand.

I love being an Early Childhood Teacher and understand how important it is to empower children to be socially and emotional prepared for their future and to develop a love of learning.

I believe that children have the right to be listened to and respected as individuals.

Catherine (Kate)

Catherine (Kate)

Hi my name is Kate I have been at the centre since 2018 I originally worked on the floor in the babies' room as an eduator.

I now work in the kitchen providing Healthy meals for the children and enjoy making different recipes.



I’m am a Diploma qualified educator of . I have worked at the Centre since 2019. I love being involved in the children’s learning and look forward to seeing them develop and grow throughout the year.

Marc - Educator




Hey my name is Mya im studying cert 3. I enjoy working with children and watching them learn and grow.



Hi , My name is Maheshya . I am studying for Certificate 111 Early Childhood Education and Care. I m passionate to support children's learning and development. I m happy to see them thrive in lfe.



I’m a proud Territorian and have worked at the Centre for almost 10 years. I enjoy working at the Centre, we are like family here.



Hi my name is Minami Ichikawa. Everyone calls me Mimi. I have a Diploma in Early Education and Care. I have been working as a swimming instructor for over 10 years. I love supporting and teaching children's abilities. I started working at Parap Family Centre in Feb 2023.

Anita- Educator


Hello, My name is Anita. I am a diploma-qualified educator and working in Early Childhood services for ten years, and currently studying for a Bachelor of Education from (birth to 12) through Charles Darwin University.

I have been working at Parap Family Centre since January 2022, am very happy to be part of the big family of PFC. It is a great pleasure to support children to learn, develop and thrive.

Dilani- Educator


Beatriz- Educator


Hi, I am Beatriz. I am from Brazil and have lived in Darwin for almost 3 years.

I completed my certificate 3 in early childhood education and care last year and I will finish my diploma at the end of this year.
I have been working at Parap family centre since 2021 and I love working and being together with children, helping, teaching, and encouraging them to develop their passions and interests through play.

Join Our Team

We are able to provide high quality care thanks to the professional and caring team of educators.

For more information on how to join our team, please contact our director.

The Committee

Our Committee is a group of passionate parents. To get in contact with the Committee please contact: [email protected]

President:  Michael Garrard
Maria Doyle
Angelina Anictomatis
Secretary: Amy Norman

  • General Member: Rohan Langworthy
  • General Member: Alex Ressel
  • General Member: Artemis Ikonomou
  • General Member: Erin Maczkowiack
  • General Member: Yvette Bradley
  • General Member (Acting Director): Lidiane Rodrigues



What Our Families are Saying

It is a learning haven which allows for my daughter to grow, explore and learn with other children the same age. We are happy to be part of the PFC family and are thankful for all the support and enabling my child to flourish.

PFC means family. The staff have welcomed my child into their care like one of their own. Nothing is too much trouble, very accommodating.

PFC is a second home for my son and I appreciate all that the educators do.

Staff are welcoming when entering the centre, makes it feel like a safe place for my son

PFC is a community to help influence my child’s growth and development.

PFC is a welcoming and fun place to play and learn.

Happy kids in the centre.

PFC is family friendly; we love the centre as much as our son, it is a safe home away from home for our son.