Forest Hill Early Learning service has experienced staff who value learning and what each child has to offer. Story House Forest Hill offers community based local incursions and excursions, open and progressive flexible indoor and outdoor programs, free dental checkups for all children, music and movement classes, sustainability classes and a funded Kindergarten program.
Located in a great area with strong connections to the community. This is an opportunity for your child to develop within spaces in which they can feel safe and continue on their learning journey.
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 have always considered myself a lifelong learner and this began with “play”! As children explore the world around them with support from other children and educators, curiosity exploration and discovery emerge. What better job could you have than to help children, families and other educators to continue their journey of lifelong learning.
What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
There are so many… however I remember this one time when a new child to the service had trouble settling and engaging within the program. Educators from the room had tried everything so they asked for assistance. I spent time getting to know the family. We soon made connections between the centre and home. Within two weeks the child went from not wanting to be there, to being upset upon pickup because they didn’t want to go home.
Who inspires you and why?
When I think of inspiration my mind instantly heads towards Montessori and Reggio Emilia philosophies. I completed my Diploma of Children’s services through Lady Gowrie and back in those days they were one of only a few that understood the importance of a holistic program. This gave me the ability to include the natural environment as the child’s first teacher, and to be flexible to allow intentional and spontaneous opportunities to evolve. Being able to cater for the children’s physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing in a holistic manner allows for each child to be given every opportunity to strengthen their interests and abilities.
What are you passionate about?
As Anthony J. D’Angelo stated “Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow”. I am passionate about ensuring everybody is given every opportunity to prosper.
What type of leadership style do you have?
As every educator has different learning styles, I believe it is important that a strong leader is able to adapt their leadership style to support the team. My aim is to support and inspire the people around me to be the best they can be.
What makes your service such an amazing service?
Over the last 20 years in the childcare industry I have discovered that the most amazing services are where the educators are supported and appreciated. If the educators love what they do and do this to the best of their ability, this then filters through to the children, families and the community.
What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
I am looking forward to meeting everyone at the Forest Hill Story House Early Learning Centre and getting to know the wonderful children, families, educators and everyone involved within the Story House community.
Our centre welcomes families from surrounding suburbs including Forest Hill, Blackburn, Blackburn South and Vermont. We offer a state-of-the-art facility boasting beautiful 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 Early Learning Forest Hill is located on Canterbury Road just behind the Glen Valley Road Reserve, and in close proximity to
Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre and the neighbouring suburbs of Blackburn, Nunawading, Vermont and Mitcham.