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Karen Keyzer

Centre Manager - Community Kids Kewarra Beach

“Children are our future, actively listening with supportive learning that will help to make them resilient, confident, caring and kind.”

I started working in early learning education and care in 2009 and have been at Community Kids Kewarra Beach since 2019.

I started as a cleaner in an early childhood setting and bonded with children easily having two of my own at the time. This was what led me to study to be an assistant, then group leader, Assistant Manager then a Director in 2011. I now have an Advance Diploma, Diploma of Business and Management, Child protection, Food safety Supervisor, Certificate 3 in Children community Service.

I have always had a desire to work alongside children, to support their growth and ambitions to achieve their goals in life. There is so much satisfaction to see children learn, develop, and explore their own abilities whilst witnessing the satisfied look and expressions of accomplishment on their faces. I also enjoy being able to support new educators within the industry to exceed and become great advocates for the childcare industry.  The childcare industry is such a revolving door with so many opportunities and career advancements, but most of all the bonds and connections with children, families and the community are valued.

Every child is an individual, have varied levels of abilities, explore and investigate in different ways, communicate and connect individually. I’m guided by children’s interests, responses, how they want to grow and develop, supporting needs with encouragement.

Children are our future, actively listening with supportive learning that will help to make them resilient, confident, caring and kind.

Children thrive in an interactive environment that incorporates social and emotional connections with other children and educators. The QKLG (Queensland kindergarten learning guideline) is a set of five learning and development areas that align to the five broad learning outcomes identified in the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).  This style of learning is play based which allows children to explore and investigate while unknowingly learning alongside our dedicated and qualified educators.

Our service focuses on sustainability, recycling, and upcycling in many ways therefore the sustainable practice within the environment is taught to respect our environment that others share as well as using recyclable items for creating projects and art décor.

Everyone who works with or visits us are entitled to always feel safe and secure. Our team members have child protection training, comply with company standards, policies and practices and our thorough cleaning and monitoring of illness are at a high standard to ensure that all parties are healthy and safe. Our health and safety standards and procedures are in alignment with and governed by the Queensland Health Department. 

The team are committed, dedicated, caring and long serving within the service. Every team member is committed to “children first” with a positive focus on establishing and scaffolding on children’s strengths to grow and be successful learners in life. The team have a strong relationship between each other and our families which creates a closely bonded community.

The entire process of starting at a new centre can create confusion and anxiety for families.  Therefore, coming by for a tour is the best way for us to get to know you and you can learn more about us. Families are guided through our centre and introduced to team members so we get to know one another on a more personal level. During this time, we can find out what outcomes they want for their attending child, their child’s interests and favourite things to do. 

Our door is always open, we will leave freshly baked cookies or cupcakes in the foyer weekly. Parents are invited to contribute to feedback through Xplor notifications as well as stop and stay when time permits.

A little about me personally; I love to sing and get down to their (a child’s) level, I’m playful and energetic and love to share stories. 

Call to enquire 1800 411 604