Diletta Lanciana – Executive Manager, Early Learning
Driven by her passion to help support and empower individuals to be the best they can be, Diletta Lanciana spent the earlier part of her career as a social worker in various roles supporting community health, aged care and young mums in the Yarra Valley.
Diletta then turned her focus to early childhood, gaining extensive experience in leadership roles at Kids on Collins and Little Flyers. Diletta is a strong advocate for the importance of the early years in children’s development and believes that all children should have equal opportunities for learning. She feels privileged to be part of Cire, ‘an innovative and inspiring organisation, committed to providing flexible learning environments for the community across all ages and abilities’.
“It is hugely rewarding to be part of Cire and see children and individuals develop lifelong skills.”
Melissa Saaghy Walsh – Director, Cire Early Learning Centre Chirnside Park and Cire Early Learning Compliance
Drawing on a diverse career spanning more than 20 years in the children’s services sector, Melissa Saaghy-Walsh is the Director of Compliance at Cire Children’s Services.
Melissa’s core responsibility is to oversee and ensure compliance throughout Cire’s OSHC, occasional care and long day care services.
Her previous roles have included working her way up from untrained assistant to leadership positions, and human resources officer and area manager for ABC Learning Centres.
What Melissa finds most rewarding is seeing ‘our local children grow and develop from babies in our nursery room to wonderful, productive members of the community’. Just recently one of those ‘babies’ was a very competent relief teacher for her daughter’s physical education class at primary school!
“I love seeing our local children grow and develop from babies in our nursery room to wonderful, productive members of the community.”
Jessica Grant, Director – Cire Early Learning Centre Yarra Junction
Assisting children to have the best start possible in life is what drives Jessica Grant at every level in her work.
This passion underpins her commitment to providing quality and relevant educational programs that equip children with the skills that will help them successfully navigate their world and succeed in whatever they are willing to work towards.
With a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Honours), Jessica has worked in the sector for about 16 years honing a depth of experience in a broad range of settings including Long Day Care, Occasional Care and Out of Schools Hours Care.
Jessica views early childhood education through a broad community lens. She values highly working collaboratively with the local community, supporting local projects and initiatives and providing a respectful and inclusive place where young people can grow, learn and play.
“I love watching children develop and learn new skills and accomplishments whilst building connections with each other”.