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Nicole Smits

Centre Manager - Bundaberg Early Learning Centre

Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a child grow and develop."

My career in early childhood education began in 2001. I started working at Bundaberg Early Learning Centre in 2013. I hold an Advanced Diploma (Community Services) and a Diploma of Leadership and Management. 

I was inspired to choose this career path as I loved to watch children laugh and learn. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing a child grow and develop and the role we have as early childhood educators in shaping them for the future. 

I have learnt a lot about early childhood education and care over the years including my ability to adapt to new roles, expectations, problem-solving, and working well under pressure. I always use my experience in the profession and background knowledge to guide others and my ability to understand and to show others empathy and compassion. 

My approach to early learning is always to be positive and approachable. As a centre manager I always show relatability to all the families and children in my centre. From getting down to the children's level and taking the time to get to know their personalities, I can ensure I create an environment and level of trust to build a quality foundation which ensures a sense of security. 

Our team is passionate about creating a centre that is a home away from home for both families and children where our team celebrates diversity of all cultures. The centre really is an extension of the home environment, and we work in partnership with families to ensure this is the case, understanding each child’s individual needs.

All team members are trained in Child Protection. We have an onsite Child Protection champion who leads the team and monitors the child protection standards of all educators and families. We also have a Workplace Health and Safety officer who leads the team and monitors Health and Safety standards within the centre by completing quality checklists and procedures. 

Many educators have been with the centre for over 10 years. We have a wonderful team culture where we all showcase our strengths to help and guide each other. 

With many of our team having children of their own, we have all been or are going through the process of child care and early learning – we are proud to offer support where possible - from helping our families to enrol, applying for the Child Care Subsidy or even tips to help with fussy eaters. We’re here to help. 

Call to enquire 1800 413 885