Centre Manager - Albion Park World of Learning
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love what you are doing.”
My early education career began in 2000, and I started working at Albion Park World of Learning in 2006. I hold a Diploma and bring a wealth of experience from working as a room leader in the 2-3 and 3-5 age groups. Throughout my career, I have enjoyed working with all age groups.
Children are central to everything we do. Even as a teenager, I knew working with children was the right career path for me. That's why I started working with children as a volunteer at an early age. And within a week of finishing high school, I began my traineeship in early childhood.
Children learn a lot through role play and observing their peers. So early childhood is a great environment to see this theory in action. I have learnt that every child is different, and they all learn in their own way. It is finding a way to connect with them to best help their learning that makes this job so rewarding.
As a Manager at Albion Park World of Learning, my passion and focus are to create and maintain a team of educators. They regularly participate in training and policy reviews to ensure our standards are as high as possible, with systems in place to record this. Our team is well supported and given every opportunity to extend on their skills. The ongoing support leads to the highest quality care possible for the children in our care.
We place a lot of focus on the children's interests and their confidence in learning new skills. We work closely with the local schools to ensure our school readiness program can best support the children. Our school readiness program starts very early. The children learn self-help and social skills to help them g ready for "big" school. We also focus on pre-reading and pre-writing skills.
We have many long-serving, multicultural team members who reflect our local community. Many have been with the centre for over five years. Four of our educators will be celebrating their 14th year at the centre! We are such a close-knit team it feels like one big family! We celebrate each other's achievements and support each team member. The best part of my job is the team – they are so committed and optimistic about their role as educators. We see our role as incredibly important. We help children establish the building blocks for a successful lifetime of learning.
We understand that enrolling children into a childcare centre can be a daunting process. So we offer support to each family depending on their situation. Tours are conducted by educators who are very familiar with the age group to answer any questions on the spot. They also allow the families to meet the teachers and get a "feel" for the room.
We encourage parents and their children to visit us during Orientation before they start. These visits can help both the parent and the child to be comfortable in the environment. Upon starting, parents are encouraged to call as often as they like. And our online application Xplor provides updates and photos throughout the day.
We regularly hold celebrations to bring our families together as a local community. We also encourage feedback on all our documentation.
Our roster encourages familiar faces to help families build a relationship with the educators. It allows parents and children to expect who may be there at drop off and pick up times.
Fun fact about me: I love to tell the children all about my two horses, Lucy and Walter, and show them photos of the silly things they do!