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Allison Jackson

Administration Manager


After I finished school, I enjoyed a variety of interesting jobs at organisations such as ANZ Bank and Telstra. I also worked as a store assistant for a jewellery store but soon realised that delicate china pieces and I did not work well together! From 1989 to 2003 I worked for my family’s wholesale optical business where I was responsible for office management and stock control. It was a wonderful experience working with both my parents but it was also tricky because we tended to take our work home. I left the business at the end of 2003 to have my first child, Bevan. I decided not work to return to full time work and accepted a short placement at the Brotherhood of St Laurence where I ran a project that supplied affordable eyewear for children from low income families. My first connection with MCCCC was made during this time as Bevan started child care at Dunstan Reserve. When I had my second child, Riley, in 2005, I was ready for a new job. In 2007, I was lucky enough to be offered a position at MCCCC. It was very nice (and convenient!) to work at the child care centre that both my children were attending. As Administration Manager, I look after the financials for all three centres, which includes family payments/statements, accounts payable/receivable, staff payroll, budgets, strategic planning, end of year reporting requirements etc. My children have since moved on from Dunstan Reserve and are well ensconced into High School—in the meantime I am still here waiting to graduate from child care!

My role:

“I manage the financial side of the business, which sits under a fairly large umbrella and includes payroll, expenditure, income and accounts. My role requires a thorough understanding of ever-changing tax rules and regulations and industrial guidelines (including WorkCover). I also prepare for and liaise with auditors during our annual financial audits and regularly attend Committee of Management (CoM) meetings to report on our financials and set budgets.

I regularly liaise with families about their accounts and statements and to clarify any questions they may have around the Government’s Child Care Subsidy, rebates, participation levies and so forth.

There is also a ‘big picture’ component to my role, in which I regularly meet with Gill and other members of the management team to discuss the direction of the organisation from a financial perspective—whether it be fees, new programs, staffing, restructures etc. We are constantly striving to deliver the highest quality programs in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.”



Four centres, one community

Our Happy Families

One morning, our two-year-old said she was going to her ‘other house’. That really says it all: Dunstan is her home away from home, a fun place to play and learn with staff who make her feel secure and loved. We couldn't be happier.
Camille, Dunstan Reserve

Our children really enjoy the time they spend at MCCCC. I have watched them grow in confidence and make positive friendships. MCCCC offers a relaxed, educational and nurturing environment. I particularly like the increasing focus on sustainability.
Donna, Dunstan Reserve

The staff are all lovely and caring, and I feel that they genuinely enjoy being around little people and encouraging them to grow and learn. I particularly like the way the children can move throughout the different spaces at Mitchell Street, playing with educators and kids of different ages as they please.
Elena, Mitchell Street

The variety of activities for the children coupled with the community garden right next to the centre make it a great setting for developing minds. Educators take a real interest in the children and their families—with some going the extra mile to help parents, which is greatly appreciated after a long day at work.
Faranaz, Dunstan Reserve

We chose Mitchell Street because of the friendly staff and atmosphere and especially the fact that the kids are not segregated by age. As it is, we have observed her language, motor skills, empathy and independence grow by leaps and bounds, far beyond our expectations.
Katy, Mitchell Street

We are so appreciative of the wonderful care of our boys by the educators at Mitchell Street. The children enjoy a diverse range of engaging activities and it’s clear that the educators are enthusiastic and take a great amount of pride in supporting the children to participate and learn.
Mel and Ian, Mitchell Street

We've always loved how Tinning Street feels more like a home than a child care centre. Our eldest went to school very happily after the great early learning foundation he received at the centre and our youngest is on track for the same! The carers are wonderful and attentive. We don't know what we’d do without them!
Michelle, Tinning Street

Both of my daughters have attended Mitchell Street and loved it there. When my second daughter started, the family grouping allowed my older daughter to be with her as she was adjusting to the new space. It was good peace of mind to know that they had each other during the day whilst I was working.
Nadia, Mitchell Street

We had complete confidence in sending our son to Mitchell Street from the moment we entered the building. He is a respected and loved member of the Mitchell Street family and receives personalised care from a very familiar group of professional carers. We will not hesitate in enrolling our next child and recommend Mitchell Street to our friends.
Rebecca, Mitchell Street

As a new mum of ethnic background, child care was culturally considered a last resort. I feel very grateful for the path that life pushed me towards. From the educators to kitchen staff, management to kinder teachers, we have been blessed with amazing people. There was nothing I asked for that couldn’t be done.
Rose, Tinning Street

The kinder program is frequently the starting point for fascinating discussions at home with my four-year-old son. He is challenged to think about the world in new ways and is excited to share his learning with us. I am so grateful he has a nurturing and supportive environment to develop his social skills and build confidence.
Sarah, Tinning Street

Latest News & Events

Friday, November 22, 2019

MCCCC sleeps at the G

It was that time of year again when an enthusiastic group of MCCCC educators participated in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the G. Sleep at the G is now in its seventh year and raises much needed funds for Melbourne City Mission, who support more than 5,000 people experiencing homelessness a week. This year, Melbourne City Mission was also hoping to raise funds to support their newly opened crisis accommodation centre for at-risk young people, Frontyard.

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