Our Staff

Tom Thumb Kindergarten employ staff with a wide range of skills, qualifications and experience. All staff are encouraged to expand their knowledge and skill set, and have constant access to educational resources and training opportunities.

Marilyn Smith


As the owner of Tom Thumb Kindergarten, Marilyn oversees all aspects of operations for all services, ensuring that they are run with the high standard of personalised care that Tom Thumb has become renowned for.

Marilyn is widely recognised for her contribution to the Sutherland Shire community, most recently by winning the Sutherland Shire business person of the year award 2017.

With 4 children and a business to run, Marilyn completed her Associate Diploma in Childcare. She is, as such, extremely understanding of the juggle multitasking parents face! Finding it impossible to strike the perfect work / life balance in a traditional sense, Marilyn created an environment where her husband and 4 children could be actively involved, and her children and grandchildren could attend.

Carly Glasgow


With a Bachelor of Education - Early Childhood Education, a lifetime of experience in the family business, a certificate 4 in training and assessment, and two children of her own, Marilyn's daughter Carly is our Educational Leader.

Carly currently teaches our 3-5's classroom, whilst also organising and providing our staff with training and development opportunities.

Carly's passion for child and staff development is infectious. She is an excellent resource for both staff and parents with questions on anything from illness, to behaviour, to child development.

Vicki Purcell


After 30 years with Tom Thumb, Vicki is our resident “mum in chief” (to paraphrase Michelle Obama) , or specifically- the coordinator across all services.

Vicki started as a parent at our Milburn Road service, and is now an integral part of our business in so many ways.

Vicki oversees all aspects of the organisation with particular expertise in staffing, centrelink queries, and keeping us abreast of regulation changes.
You will find two of Vicki’s four children (all Tom Thumb alumni) coordinating our before and after school care and vacation care services.

Amber Murphy

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With a Bachelor of Commerce - Accounting and Marketing, Marilyn's other daughter Amber approaches the family business from a different perspective. 

Amber handles enrolments for all services (predominately Ruby Road), and is the curator of our communication.

Amber is studying her Masters of Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Children's health, offering an informed perspective into our operation during the current COVID crisis, alongside a unique understanding of the public health implications of our industry regulations.

Amber has two children attending the service, giving a current parents perspective  to our staff team.