What led you to a career in the childcare industry?
I have always had a love for children and wanted to make a difference in their lives in one way or another, when i left school i got a full time job in an early learning centre and i have never looked back. I hold my Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and have had 16 years’ experience in the field of early childhood care and education, the last 11 being with Koala. I have worked as an assistant, room leader, assistant manager and now as a Service Manager, I am also a mum of 2 gorgeous girls. I love spending time with my family and one of our favorite things to do together is weekends away camping.
What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
I always love it when we come together as a service at the end of the year and celebrate with the children and families. seeing the children grow and learn so much over the year is great to look back on. Another favourite would be the kinder graduation, wishing all of the children luck on their next adventure in life.
Who inspires you and why?
The children, the families the educators, my son and family are my daily inspiration. They are the reason I love what I do and the reason I thrive to continue growing as an educator and service manager.
What are you passionate about?
Ensure that all our children, educators and families enjoy their time with us, whilst growing, learning and having fun along the way. Providing a safe and loving environment for everyone envolved at our service.
What type of leadership style do you have?
I feel that i am very open and approachable to my team, I invite other members of the team to contribute to the decision-making process and together we come up with the outcome/decision. This not only increases job satisfaction by involving my team members in what’s going on, but it also helps to develop their skills. I try to be more of a mentor rather than dictating to my team, I have found you get a much better response and more respect this way.
What makes your service such an amazing service?
We are a family orientated service with a wonderful home like feel when you walk in that front door. All our educators are extremely welcoming to all families and the wider community, they are so passionate and give 100% into everday. We pride ourselves on building professional relationships with all families and encourage parent participation into our curriculum.
What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
To continue to grow our service and become more involved in the community.
We are currently looking for a team of dedicated and motivated casual educators to join our team. We are looking for Educators who are not only able to provide engaging programs for the children, but they have the drive to make this the best service in the community, while also being caring, empathetic, passionate and respectful. This is a great opportunity to join a fantastic team with lots of support at hand whilst working the hours that suit you and your lifestyle.
Who we are looking for:
Our child care and kindergarten centre is conveniently located in Mt Waverley for families in Burwood, Ashwood and Glen Waverley.