Gianna (Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care), is our Teaching Director while Marie is on maternity leave and has been with our Centre for over 7 years. She is here to support our parents, Educators and children throughout each day. Gianna has an abundance of experience with children of all ages at the Centre and her knowledge is greatly appreciated by our existing parents. As a mother herself, she understands the needs of the parents and ensures that your child makes the most of their day at the Centre.
Lin and Katrina have owned the Centre for 19 years, and are here each day providing additional support to Educators, families and children.
Our Educators have a range of qualifications, skills and experience and are our Centre’s greatest asset. Our Educators are from a variety of backgrounds such as Columbian, Italian, Irish, Japanese, Iranian and of course Australian and they provide the children with an insight into different cultures.
We make every effort to recruit and retain the best possible Early Childhood Educators to care for and educate the children here. On average, our Educators have been with the Centre for over 6 years. In this time some have been employed as Trainees and have been encouraged to further their education to study a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and Early Childhood Teaching degree at University. Our casual Educators have been with us for many years, some longer than 10 years.
We ensure that our Educators are always in the same room, so when you drop your child at our Centre, you will always see a familiar face greeting you and your child. This helps you both develop a bond and trust with our Educators who work in partnership with our families to provide a service that meets the needs of the children, parents and the teaching team.
Room Leader – Lions (4-5 yrs)
Jess, (Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care) the Room Leader in the Lions’ room is joined by Gianna, (Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care) who is studying for an Early Childhood Teaching degree. In this group there is an emphasis on School Readiness incorporating years of knowledge from both schools in the area and experience. Weekly programs also incorporate knowledge of the environment and letters, numbers and our Spanish program.
Room Leader – Cubs (3 yrs)
Emma, (Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care) the Room Leader has been with the centre for 7 years. She is joined by Miho who has completed her Traineeship and is studying a Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching at Melbourne University. The Cubs engage in the children’s interests through programmed experiences each week. This involves for example numbers, letters, colours, science, and environmental knowledge. There is also an emphasis on self-help skills preparing them for future years. Rebecca who is our newest trainee, is currently studying for a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care.
Room Leader – Joeys (2 yrs)
Laura, who has been with us for 7 years has a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care and has almost completed her Diploma qualification. Laura is joined by Ashlea who has been with us for 4 years and has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. The learning environment in the Joeys room incorporates arts and craft, reading, self-help skills and a daily themed group time.
Room Leader – Starfish (0-2 yrs)
Ali, (Early Childhood Teaching Degree) is the Room Leader of the Starfish room and has been with the Centre for 6 years. This room provides loving and nurturing care for every child who attends. Arts, craft, reading, dancing, singing and play experiences are a large part of their day. The other Educators are Anne, who has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and Daniela who is currently studying the Diploma qualification in Early Childhood.
Children learn from adult behaviour, so our Educators are positive role models. We respect all our Educators’ initiatives, innovation and attention to quality as well as their commitment to the children, families and the greater community.