What led you to a career in the childcare industry?
I’ve always loved being with children, this started from a very young age as I would care for my own dolls and role model being a Mum all the time! I’d always try to mother my sister and brother and family friends when they’d come over too, looking after children has always been a passion, and from as early as I can remember I knew this is what I wanted to do in my future career, and here I am!
What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
Our kids Christmas party in December, seeing all the children relaxed, having fun in an environment outside of work was really memorable. This was a awesome opportunity to engage with families outside the service and build on these relationships to further support those trusting relationships which is really important to me. I strive on good communication and relationships with my families, so any opportunity to build on making these stronger puts a smile on my face!
What are you passionate about?
I am most passionate about ensuring all children within my service feels safe and secure and most of all have want and want to come to care, I love being a service manager and walking through the centre and spending time in each room alongside all ages. I am passionate about being a dedicated and supportive leader. I strive to achieve this every day, I love to be inspired and in return I love to inspire someone else!
What type of leadership style do you have?
I believe i have good strong leadership skills. This is important. Im a huge believe in role modelling best practice. Id never give a job to someone I would not do myself. I love the phrase ” EVERY BOSS STARTED AS A WORKER” I couldn’t word that better myself, Ive worked hard to be where i am today and I am very proud of it. Id like to think I am an inspiring leader and someone that all my colleagues feel comfortable coming to see and know they will be supported in whatever the circumstances are. I like to be firm but fair but also like to have fun!!
What makes your service such an amazing service?
My team – being lucky enough to open the centre myself 7 years this May, I have had the luxury of employing all my educators who form my team today individually myself. My team are a mixture of young and mid-aged and I feel this is important for families. My team are fun, loving, supportive, dedicated and most of passionate. We are a big family, and that is what makes us amazing!
What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
To work towards an exceeding standard. To embed sustainable practice in our routines that are natural to have awesome programs delivered to our children each and every day.
We are looking for a highly skilled Early Childhood Teacher to join our Mernda team. We are looking for a Teacher who is not only able to provide engaging educational programs for the children but has the drive to make this the best centre in the community. This is a full-time position within our pre kinder room. There is quality programming time as well as having access to a healthy professional development budget.
Who we are looking for:
Mernda Early Learning Childcare and Kindergarten provides quality care for children within the Mernda and Whittlesea community. Conveniently located on the corner of Bent Street and Everton Drive, Mernda Early Learning is opposite Mernda Primary School and easy walking distance to Saint Joseph’s Catholic Primary School.