Our team is qualified, professional and committed to the personal development of every child. AEIOU is intent on providing tailored learning programs and supporting each employee’s professional development aims. Employed in a variety of full-time, part-time and casual capacities allows us to ensure our required ratios are met. In addition to our employees, we may also welcome child care students and community volunteers, who hold a Blue Card.

Service Manager - Monique Dowd

Monique manages the operations of the centre. With experience as a director of childcare services, as well as qualifications including a Diploma of Children’s Services and Bachelor of Human Services, Monique is committed to working in a team environment and dedicated to working with children, families and carers to deliver high quality care with positive outcomes.

“I have been in early childhood for more than 10 years and my teaching pedagogy encompasses many traits from a nature approach and Reggio Emelia inspired methods. I strongly believe in children being involved within their own learning journeys, with my favourite quote being a famous Dr Seuss line: “a person’s a person no matter how small”. When I am not at work, I am spending time with my own two children and a big goofy golden retriever that is more like a third child!

I enjoy building relationships with each child, and their family. I am always available to answer queries, questions or hear your ideas for the service, so please don’t hesitate to contact me in person, via phone on (07) 5452 0300 or email sippydowns@aeiou.org.au.

Program Manager - Kerri-Leigh Bacelar

Kerri-Leigh holds a Graduate Diploma in Psychology and is currently undertaking a Masters of Applied Behaviour Analysis through Monash University. 

Before joining AEIOU in 2015, Kerri managed a childcare centre in South Australia, where she worked closely with a child with autism who had made great progress in the AEIOU service. Determined to make a significant difference in the lives of children with autism, she moved to Bundaberg to work with AEIOU. 

Now based on Sunshine Coast, she oversees evidence-based early intervention therapy and care, which works towards developing language, behaviour and essential life skills to give children the best chance to reach their full potential. 

At AEIOU, our people shine

It’s our people who set us apart and, as AEIOU grows, we continue to look for new team members who care about providing a lifetime of opportunities for the young children with autism. If you are great at what you do, and if you want to go home at the end of each day knowing you have made a positive contribution through your work, contact our human resources department today.