305 Barkers Rd Cnr Malin St Kew 3101 P: 03 9817 7788


Malin Friends educators are motivated Early Childhood Professionals.
Claire Vellios - Director & Educational Leader


Our Educators

Our educators qualifications and experience include Degree-trained and Diploma qualified early childhood educators and Certificate 3 trained early childhood educators. All educators have a valid working with children check.


Claire Vellios -
Director & Educational Leader

BECS, B Prim Ed Stud,
Post Grad Dip Ed Stud (Dis+Imp),
M Spec lnc Ed (Melb),
Dip Sus (Swin)

The Malin Friends team is led by Claire Vellios, Director and Educational Leader. Claire has extensive teaching experience in both the early childhood and primary sectors including kindergarten, child care, special education and early primary education. In recent years she has lectured in (early childhood) physical development at the University of Melbourne. She has also taught subjects including physical, social, emotional, psychological, cognitive and language development, cultural diversity and additional needs at Swinburne University.

In 2005 Claire completed a Master of Special/ Inclusive Education research degree at the University of Melbourne investigating auditory processing and language development in pre-school aged children. Currently she is a Doctoral candidate at the University of Melbourne.

Claire's passion is to create a centre that provides children with programs that are nurturing, promoting and respectful of individual interests and abilities. She believes that optimal programs have strong links to a child's family, community and culture.

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