Ella and Zena

Centre Manager - Community Kids Mount Gambier

“Children develop their curiosity, problem-solving, confidence and resilience at our centre.”

Ella began her career in early childhood education and care in 2014 and started working at Community Kids Mount Gambier in 2015 with Zena beginning her career in 2008 and starting in the centre in 2010. Ella holds a Cert 3 and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and has worked as an Assistant, Lead Educator, Educational Leader, Assistant Centre Manager and Centre Manager. Zena holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and a Cert 4 in Management and has worked as an Assistant, Lead Educator, Assistant Centre Manager and Centre Manager. Both our Centre Managers are trained in Child Protection and First Aid. 

Ella was inspired to begin working in early learning, as ensuring children have a safe place where their learning is promoted and challenged to further develop and the thrive in their own individual way is my passion. She loves watching the children grow and have their little personality shine through as they begin to feel comfortable and confident.

Zena is passionate about all children needing to feel respected, nurtured and building honest relationships in order to flourish, and in order to express themselves freely and feel comfortable and confident in being who they are.

All childcare centres, including our centre, use the foundation of play-based learning to guide our experiences every day. With access to a range of age-appropriate learning resources, trained educators, and new experiences among friends, we set children up to thrive in an environment that is dedicated to learning. Children develop their curiosity, problem-solving, confidence and resilience at our centre, and we carefully plan play-based learning experiences around their interests and learning goals. Over time, you will see your child develop abilities such as language, motor movement, memory, concentration and social relationships all by partaking in these experiences - it's a truly incredible journey to witness! 

We have qualified, passionate, team members who reflect our local community. Each team member is committed and positive about their role as educators. The whole team sees their role as incredibly important, helping children establish the building blocks for a successful lifetime of learning. Each educator is fully trained in Health and Hygiene practices along with completed Child Protection trainings in which get regularly updated.

During our orientation process, we take the time to know our new families to build strong relationships, with trust and understanding. This is critical to ensure the family feels confident and happy to leave their child/ren in our care. 

We have a family room at the front of our centre where families are welcome to sit, relax, have a coffee and ensure their child settles for their own peace of mind before they leave for the day. This is encouraged for new families, during the orientation process as we suggest small visits prior to the child’s first day- trial drop offs, small visits etc.   

We start with a centre tour, showcasing our high-quality learning environments, welcoming educators and in depth-learning opportunities. We them sit down for a chat in our family room, offer parents a coffee whilst answering any questions they may have, we have a detailed welcome pack with all they need to know included along with educator photos etc. We then welcome families back to show their partner/grandparents. We always encourage visits and actively stay in touch throughout the whole enrolment process to ensure families feel supported! 

Welcome to Community Kids Mount Gambier.  

Call to enquire 1800 411 604