As part of our growing operations, our team is central to everything we do at BSELC. At all levels they bring relevant experience, passion and dedication and everything they do, whether strategic or operational, is ultimately for the care and education of the children in our care.

In addition to the management and administration team (listed here), we are particularly proud of our team of educators and their essential roles in the care and education of your children. We strive to always work in an open, transparent and collaborative environment and encourage their ongoing training and development.


Youssef Tleis – Executive Managing Director

Youssef Tleis

Executive Managing Director

Youssef brings vision and deep experience to BSELC in all aspects and across all areas of operation. Using his extensive corporate background to underpin the fundamental business strength of the expanding BSELC operations, his vision is to create centres of true learning where no discrimination exists (in any form) and diversity abounds. In practice, his vision is the education of children through the inspired Reggio Emilia approach and open engagement with all stakeholders from BSELC staff, educators, parents, carers and the communities where each centre operates.

In addition to these high level outcomes, Youssef is also a face-to-face Managing Director and works with his teams on day-to-day operations, ensuring the team can operate to their maximum potential and by doing so, allow the children enjoy the very best care and education.

Youssef’s formal qualifications include:

  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Business Process Modeling using BPMN
  • LEAN Fundamentals
    University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
Samantha Ahearn – General Manager

Samantha Ahearn

General Manager

Whatever there is to know about child care and child care services, you can be confident Samantha knows it!  She brings more than 24 years of experience to the industry and understands what it takes to create a centre that simply excels in all aspects from care and nutrition to play and education.

She is adept at developing a centre environment that invigorates staff, educators, parents, carers and the community. She also clearly understands that the difference between a good childcare service and an excellent one is having dedicated, professional people communicating with all parties in an open and transparent manner.

Samantha’s formal qualifications include:

  • Advanced Diploma and Diploma in Children’s Services
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment
  • Diploma in Management.
Mathew Ahearn – Finance Manager

Mathew Ahearn

Finance Manager

As part of the BSELC team, Matthew brings substantial business experience both inside and outside the childcare industry. He has had extensive accounting, administration, bookkeeping and overall business management experience in childcare and understands the importance of providing comprehensive services that perfectly align parent accounts and government systems and payments.

Mathew’s formal qualifications include:

  • Certificate IV in Bookkeeping
Deb Callahan – Development Manager

Deb Callahan

Development Manager

After an extensive external career in Human Resources across Australia, the UK and United States, Deb moved into the early childhood education field 5 years ago. Since this time she has risen through the ranks gaining experience as an Educator, Lead Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Director and Centre Director. She’s managed Centres up to 150 places and supported curriculum approaches including; mixed aged/family grouping, Reggio inspired and the more traditional ‘room based’ models. She has also guided teams to achieve an ‘Exceeding’ rating through the Assessment and Rating process – so has a demonstrated ability to implement the National Quality Framework and all that it entails.

Deb’s formal qualifications include:

  • Diploma of Children’s Services & Certificate IV in workplace training and assessment
Shelley Brannigan-harmer – Administration Assistant

Shelley Brannigan-harmer

Administration Assistant

Shelley began her career in the early childhood field in 2001 as an assistant. She then studied and progressed her career working in all aspects of the child care services field from Assistant to Operations Manager. Shelley has worked with both larger and small child care providers and is passionate about early education and thrives on the administrative challenges and opportunities that come as part of the industry.

Shelley’s formal qualifications include:

  • Advance Diploma of Children’s Services
Brendan Dunphy - Business Writer

Brendan Dunphy

Business Writer

Brendan brings more than 22 years’ experience in marketing and marketing communication. He is able to engage, advise and write content about a range of industries and topics. His written work includes corporate publications, annual reports, electronic newsletters, website copy, digital copy, brochures and advertising material. He has a professional corporate background and has written for a range of sectors including finance, banking, IT, health, design, architecture, property, fashion, disability services, the arts, travel and the not-for-profit sector.



Our fundamental goal is to protect, educate and nurture the children in our care. We strive to provide an environment that is a safe, positive and stimulating. We seek to meet the individual needs of the children in our care and understand every child is different. We encourage diversity, treat all children as equals and don’t discriminate in any way.


The heart and soul of our operation! We actively support and value the input of our staff and educators and their essential roles in the care of your children. We operate in an open, transparent and collaborative environment and encourage their ongoing training and development.


Essential to our success, our parents, guardians and carers are encouraged to be involved in all areas related to the care and education of the children. Their input is essential as they bring individual, detailed knowledge on every child and this ensures we can tailor our services and resources to benefit each child.


The communities in which we operate are essential to the success of BSELC. The children in our care and their parents, guardians and families live, work and engage in these communities. It is our desire to become an integral community member and support key community initiatives that benefit the children. We also desire to have community members who are not part of our day-to-day operations become active participants in our Centre and its activities.