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Kylie Pruys

Centre Manager - Community Kids Empire Bay

“One simple idea or comment from a child can lead you into endless exploration.”

I started working in early learning in 1998. I am Diploma qualified with over 20 years experience in the industry, working my way up from assistant educator, room leader to Centre Manager. I was a shy person and found that the children brought out my confidence as they are so open and honest. I have now been at Community Kids Empire Bay since 2018 and am still enjoying it as much as the day I started.

The first 5 years are so important. If we foster children’s curiosity and interest, their future will be bright. The benefit of ECEC (early childhood education centre) environments is that your child is exposed to a more social environment. We focus a lot on project style learning which encourages children to work together to explore their ideas, thoughts, questions, and Interests. 

We uphold strict and the highest of health and safety standards and practices at our centre. We do regular checklist ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all stakeholders within our service. Monthly evacuation drills take place, allowing all children to participate in the unlikely event of a real emergency situation. Every staff member undertake annual Child Protection courses to ensure we are up to date with the latest information. At Community Kids Empire Bay we believe that every child has the right to a safe and healthy environment which we strive to provide them with each and every day.

Every educators at Empire Bay is extremely passionate about their roles and understands the importance of the first 5 years of a child's life, ensuring every day is filled with fun, love and learning. It’s the sort of centre where everyone knows all the children, no matter which room they are in. We are such a close-knit team it feels like one big family.

At Community Kids, Empire Bay we welcome all families to come and have a face-to-face tour with their child. During our tour we welcome families to ask any questions regarding the rooms, routine and about our educational program and platform Xplor. At the end of the tour, we give families and information pack with updated policies, how to set up their Xplor account, how to complete their CCS and an information booklet about the centre. For families who are not able to join us physically, we send the information pack to them for them to have a look and review and invite all families to contact us directly if they have any more questions.

Families are sent a digital enrolment form for them to complete and place them onto the waiting list. After the enrolment forms are completed, we invite families to come to an orientation day called a Stay and Play, which allows the family and children see a section of the routine during their stay. We invite all families to come at different times of the day so they can see an overall view of the routine of their children’s room.

We offer parents snacks and coffee during the morning drop off to save them time, and we regularly hold celebrations to bring our families together as a local community.

Our relationships starts the day the families enquiry about our centre. We aim to work closely with our families through the enrolment process to children’s orientation days and their time with us. We communicate regularly with families through Xplor of children learning updates and children’s needs and with family emails.  

Call to enquire 1800 411 604