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Alex Ricks

Centre Manager - Community Kids Clinton Park

"Every child is one caring adult away from being a success story" – Josh Shipp

I started working in early learning in 2010 and have been at Community Kids Clinton Park since 2014. I hold a Diploma of Children’s Services (Early childhood education and care). Throughout my time in child care, I have worked as an assistant and as a lead educator throughout all age groups from nursery to kindergarten. More recently I stepped into the Assistant Centre Manager and was then appointed as the Centre Manager.

I have worked in locations from Rockhampton to Brisbane and I have found the early childhood sector a rewarding industry to be a part of. I believe that early intervention to support children for lifelong skills is vitally important. I was inspired to take on this role while working as an ACM and found the work both challenging and rewarding.

I particularly love the feeling of supporting a team of educators to be the best they can be and provide the best possible care for the children in our centre. Something I learned very early on in my career that I did not know beforehand is how much a child is able to communicate non-verbally. I realise now that even though a baby or toddler cannot talk they are still able to communicate to you their needs, their likes and their dislikes.

I would describe my approach to children’s learning along the lines of this quote; 'every child is one caring adult away from being a success story – Josh Shipp.’

Children learning at a dedicated early childhood education and care centre will make an impact in many ways. These include: More varied physical environments and play structures for children to build upon their spatial awareness and gross motor skills. Due to the nature and size of rooms within a centre we are also able to provide opportunities to build upon their identity and resilience as they navigate peers their own age in a way that home care is not able to. We are also able to expose children to a wider variety of cultures and practices throughout our own teachings and the families within our centre that is more easily provided in a centre setting.

  • Community Kids Clinton Park Early Education Centre is committed to safety and wellbeing of all children and young people. This will be the primary focus of our care and decision-making.
  • Community Kids Clinton Park Early Education Centre has zero tolerance for child abuse.
  • Community Kids Clinton Park Early Education Centre is committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.

**Particular attention will be paid to the cultural safety of Aboriginal children and children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds, as well as the safety of children with a disability.

Every person involved in Community Kids Clinton Park Early Education Centre has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the wellbeing and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.

We have long-serving, multicultural team members who reflect our local community. Many have been with the centre over 5 years. We are a centre that prides itself on providing high quality care to the children in our service while including our families and the wider local community.

The best part of my job is the team – they are so committed and positive about their role as educators. My aim is to continually support my team as a leader to ensure they can continue to further their own skills to ensure we can always provide the best possible care for our children and families.

It can be overwhelming when you’re looking to find the right place for your child and family. I highly recommend coming into the centre and having a tour. During the tour process I’ll go over the information about your family. After a walk through, you’ll be shown our ‘Meet the Team’ wall so you can see our staff and who would likely by your children’s primary educators. When it comes to enrolments, CWA’s and CCS I talk through with the caregivers to explain what will be required of them.

If they have any further questions or require assistance they are always encouraged to contact the centre via phone, e-mail or in person for assistance. This includes but is not limited to, assisting with filling out the enrolment forms and walking through CCS completion on both the Xplor platform and MyGov.

We encourage open communication with our parents and reach out to include their own cultures and traditions within the service. Through the use of Xplor platform we are also able to share documentation regarding their children as well digital media. On top of this we always remind parents they are welcome to phone the centre whenever they would like to have a verbal update about their child’s wellbeing, which often used when children are first in the centre and settling in.

We strive to put our best foot forward when building relationships with our families by ensuring that our opening tours help engage and demonstrate our quality of care and service. From there we maintain an ongoing dialogue with our families through a variety of platforms such as in person, Xplor, e-mail and phone.

Our centre has chickens as part of our sustainability project and the children within the service has named one of them after myself, Mr. Alex the chicken.

Call to enquire 1800 411 604