Centre Manager - Springvale1 World of Learning
“We provide a child-safe environment where children feel empowered, their voices are heard, and they are culturally respected.”
My early childhood education and care career began in 2008, and I started working at World of Learning Springvale 1 in 2018. I hold several qualifications, from Advance Diplomas in Community Sector Management and Children’s Services to a Postgraduate Diploma in Chartered Institute of Marketing UK. I am also trained in First Aid Certificate and Child Protection.
I first joined the Early Childhood sector as an Educator and worked for two years in the Nursery. Whilst working in the Nursery, I began my early childhood studies and soon developed a great passion for seeing children learn and grow in their very first five years. Being a mother myself, I wanted to create an environment that enables children to discover the world around them with awe and ensure a nurturing, safe environment is always maintained.
My teaching style is driven by respecting each child no matter what cultural background, listening to each child’s voice, parent participation and strong connections to our community values.
At Springvale 1, the safety and wellbeing of all children is our primary focus. We provide a child-safe environment where children feel empowered, their voices are heard, and they are culturally respected. I value the input of children, their families and our educators.
We have long-serving, multicultural team members who reflect our local community. Many have been with the Centre for over ten 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.
I am committed to providing a personalized experience for families and children from when they arrive at our Centre until they leave. We welcome them with a warm smile and greeting on arrival.
The child\and family needs are our focus, and we have friendly conversations with the families to understand and know what they are looking for. We assist the child in experiencing the play environment with the lead educator. At the same time, the parent can get more information from me regarding the curriculum and practices, including the healthy menu, safety, and the facilities we provide and the Centre’s cleanliness. Listening to families and answering their questions with sincerity and commitment is one of our key priorities. We want our families to experience the friendliness, warm, safe environment and get a feeling of trust in us during the tour. It will enable them to make that ever-important decision of leaving their precious child in our capable hands.
I always ensure families take away a pack with valuable information on what is needed to start care, and what they need to do and what to bring on the orientation day and first day of care.
Most of our team can speak the main community language, and we do have a team member who can translate and assist families in filling the enrolment form and giving information regarding the CCS etc.
We invite our families to be part of our ongoing curriculum. They can come in to share a story or share their culture or even be part of our excursions and incursions.
At the orientation, families are made comfortable by having friendly conversations about their child and inviting them to a tea or coffee. Ongoing communication and working together for the child’s needs is the key to building good relationships with our families. We also run two-parent educator meetings a year to enable families to be part of their child’s learning journey. Parent feedback is always welcome for our quality improvement.
A fun fact about myself is that I always use my imagination to decorate my home with natural arrangements. This has inspired me to promote and create natural environments that bring out the best thoughts and imaginations in children at the Centre.