Sunitha has a International Teachers Diploma from MCI London specialising in Montessori Pedagogy. She has many years experience teaching in Montessori classrooms all over the world as well as a performing arts background.


Jenny has a degree in Social Science, majoring in Children and Family Services. She is also a dance teacher, specialising in Jazz, Contemporary and Hip Hop. Jenny is particularly interested in children's behavior and helping special needs children.




 Gretchen studied English literature and law at UWA and Murdoch before moving to France for more than a decade.  During her years in France she taught English in primary and secondary schools and retains a love of France and the French language.  At Smart Start she often leads the French mat sessions and tries to find ways to integrate simple French vocabulary into daily routines in order that it has context and relevance. 



Keziah has a Bachelors degree in Mathematics as well as a Certificate Three and Diploma in Early Childhood Education. She has worked for Smart Start for the past 5 years and has worked in all of our centres, gaining the benefit of working with all our most experienced staff. 


Rachel is an Early Childhood Teacher who has specialised in Montessori. Rachel also has a bachelors degree in commerce and accounting, is a viola, violin and piano player and leads the music lessons with the children, while accompanying them on the piano when she is in the classroom. 


Sarah is a Quailfied Early Childhood Teacher who has specialised in Montessori. Sarah also has a bachelors degree in Communications and Anthropology. She obtained a high school scholarship to play the violin, has enjoyed playing with the Western Australian High School String Orchestra, the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra and the Perth Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra among others. Sarah has worked with Smart Start since 2004 and is the Educational Leader.  Sarah completed her younger years in a Montessori preschool and is passionate about this type of learning in early childhood education.

Opening Hours/ Fees:

Are open every day from 7.30am - 5.30pm in Karrinyup. We are approved providers and so parents can get the CCB and Childcare rebate for this centre. The fee for the full day, without the childcare benefit or rebate, is $110 per day.


We are located behind the Karrinyup shopping centre, within a short walk of the Karrinyup Bus Port. Our address is 4 Davenport Street in Karrinyup.


Special Extra Activites:


  • Gardening

  • Care of Animals

  • French

  • Music

  • Brain Gym

  • Yoga

  • Full Montessori program provided by Montessori qualified staff

We also have the optional extra of Soccer lessons and Happy Feet dance classes.


Physical Environment:

Our Karrinyup centre, being a single purpose building, has a lovely big sandpit, climbing frame, opportunities for gardening, child sized toilets and is also home to a gaggle of guinea pigs and at times two fluffy little silky bantams!