Well hello, my name is Gill Marsden, and I have been working in the early childhood industry for 30 years. I started out as a room leader, and by the time I was 24, I was fortunate enough to have my own centre in St Kilda. After 17 years, I sold it and joined the Koala family, first as second in charge, and then on to director at a number of their services. Two years ago, I was honoured to have the opportunity to move to Warrnambool to join this fantastic team of educators as well as our wonderful community of families!
This year, we had the excitement of seeing our Service grow from 102 places to 162 places with the opening of our beautiful new extension.
As a service manager, I believe it is our role to build a rapport and positive relationships with educators, children, families and the wider community, and this is something I believe we do well.
Please, take the time to come in for a tour of our wonderful facility, and we will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
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.