Centre Manager - River City World of Learning
“My approach is to treat each child as a special individual and really enjoy getting to know them.”
I began my career in early childhood education and care in 1991 and started working at River City World of Learning in 2019. I hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education.
I originally started a career in child care to be part of the first journey for children’s education outside of their parents and family. I am passionate about children’s learning and development and an advocate for child safety. Each child is an individual and I enjoy getting to know each child and their family and their culture and needs. My approach is to treat each child as a special individual and really enjoy getting to know them.
I try to find out what is important for each family when they begin their child care journey and then I can explain how we cater for those particular needs. Our senior kindy room is looking at where they are from, their culture and history and they have mapped this out on a large map on their wall. The children are excited to bring things in from home that symbolises their heritage. Our Kindergarten children are discovering sustainability and looking at how rubbish affects the ocean and our marine life. They have set up recycling stations in the room and are learning which rubbish can be recycled.
We have long-serving, multicultural team members who reflect our local community. Many have been with the centre over 5 years. It’s the sort of centre where everyone knows all the children, no matter which room they are in. We are such a close-knit team it feels like one big family.
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.
We have a Health and Safety Officer who does monthly checks on all aspects of the centre from a safety perspective. Our Child Protection Statement includes all team members pledging to hold children’s safety as our number one priority and to always act in the best interests of the child.
To build strong relationships with families, I like to start right from our first meeting. Discussing what’s important to families and how we can make the transition to child care smooth for children and parents alike. I tell parents about our wonderful team and introduce them as we go on our tour. I like to explain the process of enrolment and showcase our centre’s point of difference and what makes us special.
We have a parent breakfast bar here at the centre and our chef creates some wonderful morning tea snacks for our busy parents. Our parents show their appreciation by letting our chef know directly how delicious his offerings are. We communicate with our families in many ways, whether by phone, email or through Xplor (all in one family app). We also send our regular newsletters letting parents and families know what we have been doing and what is coming up on the centre calendar. We have a parent room where we can hold private meetings with families too.
I like to keep very open communication with families during the enrolment process. It can be confusing learning about child care subsidy so I try to break it down step by step and keep it as simple as possible. I assure our new families that they can always get me on the phone, and just to call if they have any problems with any of the steps. I check in with them regularly throughout the process by phone and email just to see if they are OK with the information.
I welcome you to come in and meet the friendly team. You’ll love the smell of fresh food cooking in the kitchen and the sounds of laughter from the children and our team members.