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.
At this age, children are meeting new challenges as fast as they come. Crawling, walking and eventually running are levels they accomplish in what seems like a blink of an eye. Children learn best if they are in a stimulating environment. Music, crafts, stories, outdoor play, and learning consumes much of the day. Our educators are dedicated in helping each child develop these skills through a trusting and loving relationship. A parental daily report is given to update each family on meal times, nap times, toilet training and all activities accomplished each day
A good preschool can make a difference in a child’s future schooling years. Story House Early Learning Maitland offers individual programs for children to help them learn in an environment that is stress free and fun. Learning activities with pre-schoolers are more sophisticated and structured where children can explore music, science, technology, the environment, mathematics, language arts and manipulative play.
As children get older and more independent, they need new challenges. That’s why we offer a school-age program for before and after school care and enrichment programs that address the changing and more varied needs of growing school-age children. Reading, mathematics and science activities ensure that your child’s mind is engaged and help create a lifelong love of learning and exploration. Our Vacation Care program runs throughout school holidays offering excursions within our local community.
What led you to a career in the childcare industry?
For as long as I can remember I have always wanted to work with children. After leaving school, many years ago, I spent the day in a small service in the Blue Mountains and I haven’t looked back. I still love going in and spending my days with the children, families and educators. No day is ever the same and each day is an opportunity to learn something new.
What are your favourite memories within the workspace?
Becoming service manager is definitely one of my favourite memories from the past few months. It is a wonderful opportunity that I am looking forward to seeing where my new adventure takes me and the service.
Who Inspires you and why?
The children I care for inspire me. I am inspired by the way children look at the world and the things we can learn as adults from children.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about supporting children on their individual learning journeys through secure attachments and positive meaningful relationships.
What type of leadership style do you have?
At this stage I am still developing my leadership style however I aim to lead with a collaborative approach that mentors and inspires those around me to grow.
What makes your service such an amazing service?
My work space is definitely unique. Being an old church it is one of a kind that offers many additional touches. We have a large outdoor, natural environment. Close to parks, the local pool, train bridge and the town centre.
We are able to incorporate many wonderful experiences and opportunities within our program as we have many local resources so close to us.
What are your goals for the service over the next 12 months?
I have so many goals that I would like to achieve for the service over the next 12months. However I believe we are starting from the ground and working up, implementing a strong foundation to build on in the future. In 12months time I would like to see the service provide unique oportunities that stem from the foundation we have developed.
Story House Early Learning Maitland is located in the Hunter Valley on the former site of St Paul’s church in South Maitland, south of the new england highway, and approximately half way between the High Street and Maitland station on the Main Northern train line.