canopy Early Education


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Our canopy Team

Peta Pitcher

Chief Executive Officer

CEO Peta Pitcher joined API Qld in 2017, after a successful career in private enterprise and Federal Government. Bringing with her significant early year’s education experience, as an owner operator and Approved Provider since 2006. Peta holds a Master of Business Administration, Master of Project Management, Graduate Certificate in Business and is a graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. She is a hands-on executive manager and has been integral in the strategic expansion plans for API’s early childhood business. Peta holds a position on the Australian Childcare Alliance Board and is an active sector advocate with government and key stakeholders.

Lynne Dixon

Operations Manager

Operations Manager Lynne Dixon has extensive experience in service-based organisations, covering the broad range of life from early years to aged care. Lynne holds significant operational expertise in business expansion in the early years space. Her expansive career covers government, public organisations and private enterprise and is supported with qualifications including a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) and Master of Health Science.


Kim van Straaten

Centre Manager Milton

Kim van Straaten, grew up in South Africa and came to Australia as an adult. After spending a year in Sydney, she joined us in sunny Brisbane and soon after commenced with API Childcare, now canopy Early Education Milton, starting as an Educator in 2017. Kim has qualifications and a background finance and law; however, she was driven for a change in focus to an area she felt very passionate about and made the switch to childcare. Kim gets a lot of satisfaction and happiness working in the early years education sector and her desire to make a difference and create a positive learning environment for children has pushed her to continue studying in the field, now on her way to completing a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Teaching.

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canopy Team Benefits

Join us at canopy and receive:

Career progression

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Reward and recognition

Including our monthly canopy commendation award


Corporate social responsibility

With great local connections


Professional development

Employee Assistance Program and accessible support team


Pregnancy and parenting support

Including 70% gap fee discount for canopy employees


Sustainable practice

Including our corporate partnerships and reuse donations.


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Incentive program

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Current Opportunities

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