We believe that the value of play is of utmost importance to children as it is their way of learning about their world.
While children play they are able to experiement with new ideas, test theories and their understanding of concepts, express their creative ability, release their emotions and share their feelings.
While engaging in play children are developing across all domains and creating the building blocks for their future.
We partner with you to provide a safe, quality, family-centred learning environment where every child is respected and nurtured. We continually develop our skills and explore new ways to enrich your child’s early learning experience.
Indoor and outdoor play based experiences are an integral part of our program. Educators plan a diverse range of experiences to create opportunities for your child in both structured and spontaneous play.
Our programs are inspired by the wisdom and teachings of early childhood theorists and the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF), and aim to develop children’s emotional, social and cognitive intelligence.
The Kindergarten curriculum continues to emphasise play based learning, however offers additional intentional learning times where the focus is on literacy and numeracy, socialisation, self-regulation and independence.
What led you to a career in the childcare industry?
I was led to this career path as I have a deep passion for Early Childhood Education sector and the responsibility of center management.
What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
Each year the center participates in the Diamond Creek Town Fair, an community event where the community comes together to celebrate and connect with one another. Each year, families and educators come together, helping each other decorate the centers float to then participate in the parade where all of Diamond creek community watch and cheer on, seeing the smiles on all our families and children’s faces is truly an rewarding experience.
Who Inspires you and why?
My primary school principal Mr Martin. Mr Martin always made me feel important despite the struggle I had fitting in as a child. Reading and writing at that time was a challenge growing up. With Mr Martins support I gained strength and confidence with his endless support and encouragement. Mr Martin was such an inspiration and continued to do so throughout my life. Mr Martin attended my wedding in 2012, 30 years later.
What are you passionate about?
My horses and all that goes with it … I have competed on a serious level over the years and still thrive to achieve records and titles . My career and managing my center to the best of my abilities is another passion I have . I thrive to manege my center in an exceeding manner while maintaining the relationships with all involved .
What type of leadership style do you have?
I tend to navigate a open style leadership approach as I find it to be more effective for the experience of the team. I like to involve all team member for their skills and input as they are experience educators, mostly with over 5 – 20 years experience. We all like to share opinions and ides and develop decisions as a group rather than have dictated set routines We are very fortunate here a Diamond Creek to have a team with such empathy and respect for each year another
What makes your service such an amazing service?
The families, educators and the general community in Diamond Creek all help achieve such an amazing place to work. We as educators have a close connection with our families therefor our children are settled content and happy. Story House Diamond Creek has a built a fantastic reputation within the community, something we are all very proud off .
What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
We lost many family enrollments due to the current pandemic, though we will work tirelessly to support our families and rebuild the confidence in parents to return back to our service and to be a part of our service once again.
Our centre welcomes families from surrounding suburbs including Diamond Creek, Plenty, Kangaroo Ground and Greensborough. We offer a state-of-the-art facility boasting beautifully environments, spacious play areas, and modern educational materials.
Our aim is to provide a secure and happy environment where children can develop their intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and language skills to become competent and confident individuals. And for you to feel safe knowing that your child is receiving the best possible care.
Story House Diamond Creek is located in the heart of Diamond Creek along Main Hurstbridge Road, close to the Diamond Creek Reserve and Challenger Street Reserve.