Centre Manager - Early Learning Services Blinkys Corner
“The thing I love about this job is the delight that you see on children’s faces when they master new skills.”
I began my career in early childhood education and care in 1997 and started working at Golden Grove World of Learning in 1997. I hold a Diploma in Children Services and a Bachelor of Teaching (Birth-5 years). I am a qualified Early Childhood Teacher. I started working at in March 1997 in the role of Assistant Educator, then moved into a Lead Educator role and then took on the Centre Manager position in February 2004 and have been in the role ever since.
I grew up having little children around as my mum cared for children in the home. From this experience with little ones I knew that this was the career path that I wanted to go down once I completed school. The thing I love about this job is that every day is different and brings with it a different challenge and the delight that you see on children’s faces when they master new skills and accomplish tasks that they have been trying so hard to complete. The friendships that develop between the children is also great to watch and many of these friendships continue once the children move on to big school which is great to see.
All childcare centres, including our centre, use the foundation of play-based learning to guide our experiences every day. With access to a range of age-appropriate learning resources, trained educators, and new experiences among friends, we set children up to thrive in an environment that is dedicated to learning. Children develop their curiosity, problem-solving, confidence and resilience at our centre, and we carefully plan play-based learning experiences around their interests and learning goals. Over time, you will see your child develop abilities such as language, motor movement, memory, concentration, and social relationships all by partaking in these experiences - it's a truly incredible journey to witness!
The best part of my job is the team – they are so committed and positive about their role as educators. The whole team sees their role as incredibly important, helping children establish the building blocks for a successful lifetime of learning.
Our team understands just how important your children are to you and we ensure we take our responsibilities seriously. Early Learning Services has extensive policy and procedures in place to assist our team in protecting children in our care.
We support our families by openly communicating with the families and taking the time to listen to them and get to know them better. Having an open-door policy that allows parents to openly communicate about any issues that might need discussing.
New families are encouraged to ring as many times as they like throughout the day to see how their child’s first day/week is going so they have peace of mind that their child has settled and is happy. We have regular events that we celebrate at the centre throughout the year and these include Mother’s Day, Father’s Day celebrations, Easter celebrations and Grandparents Day.
I always take the time to ask any questions and to guide them with anything they may need help with (especially CCS and Centrelink). Spending time one on one with the family and making them feel part of our learning environment is important. Making the parents feel at ease about leaving their children at the centre by inviting them in for orientation days prior to the children starting so they have the opportunity to get to know the educators better while their child becomes familiar with the centre environment.
Call to enquire 1800 413 885