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?
As an older sibling of 4 with younger brothers and sisters, I always loved the responsibility and reward that came with caring for them and teaching them. I knew from a very young age that I had a passion for working within the early childhood sector. I specifically remember a time when I was on year 10 placement at a kindergarten and was bursting with excitement everyday that I arrived to work. Once completing high school I completed my diploma and with lots of hard work and dedication over the last 12 years working as an educator I have developed my skills to become a Service Manager.
What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
With 2020 being such a different year from most we found ourselves as a centre wondering how we could celebrate our 4 year old kinder children heading off to school. With short notice and restrictions finally easing we came together as a team and hosted an end of year celebration at the brand-new Tram Playground in Diamond Creek. It was an extremely successful night and watching the smiles and laughs from our children and families was such a rewarding experience.
Who Inspires you and why?
My two beautiful children inspire me every day. Not only do they inspire me to be a better person, but they inspire me to become a better leader, to be more creative, to explore more and to have a sense of humor. Since having children they have opened my eyes up to seeing the world differently which helps me to understand and appreciate life itself and all the little things it has to offer.
What are you passionate about?
I am extremely passionate about offering a successful early learning center that provides the opportunity to influence and shape the lives of young children and their families. I believe offering children a positive, caring and fun environment will help guide our little people to become confident and successful adults.
What type of leadership style do you have?
I tend to take an open leadership approach in which I encourage my team to come together and collaborate to make decisions as a whole. I believe that it is always important to show trust and respect to all colleagues, providing lots of encouragement and praise. I make sure that I am always approachable as everyone’s opinions and beliefs need to be heard and respected.
What makes your service such an amazing service?
When joining Diamond Creek Story House, you are also joining the Diamond Creek community. Diamond Creek is known for its community appeal and you feel as though you become a part of a family. We offer so many opportunities within our service to experience the broader community, from visiting our local schools, fire and police stations, to attending the town fair and participating in the parade to even visiting our local coffee shop. We are truly a one of a kind center here at Diamond Creek.
What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
To continue to offer a service where our children and families feel safe, nurtured and supported. It is more important then ever before to create this environment, especially since enduring COVID.
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.