Christine Da Silva Mota
Centre Manager - Community Kids Springvale South
“Each child is unique in their own way and we as educators need to respect each individual.”
I began my career in early childhood education and care in 2000 and started working at Community Kids Springvale South in 2000. I hold a Diploma in Children Services as well as an Advanced Diploma in Children Services. Then many years later G8 Education gave us the opportunity to continue studying and to complete the Diploma of Leadership and management. The reason I have stayed in this field is because of my positive experiences, the networks and friendships I have made and most importantly working alongside children.
I can proudly say that we do not have a staff turnover and that we have great relationships with each other, and we all have the same goal which is giving the children the best opportunity to learn and grow. I am still continuing to learn and I enjoy mentoring the team towards making the service known as one of the best within the community.
Children learn many things while being in care. For example, relationships and communication, having discussions about feelings and how to act, respecting others, learning about what is in our community and how to help the community. It is important that children are able to socialise and gain relationships with other children and adults that are not within their family circle.
We have a very multicultural team who are dedicated and passionate about their job. We consider ourselves very lucky to be working with children. We want children to feel comfortable and be able to express how their feeling at all times.
We have a good reputation due to building strong relationships with families. Throughout the year we celebrate morning teas giving families the opportunity to meet each other. We also like to provide snacks in the mornings and special treats in the afternoon for families. If children participate in cooking experiences during the day then this is shared with families in the afternoon. I am here to help families and children through orientation by being flexible and listening to their needs. We have staff here who can help translate if families prefer to speak their native languages.
I look forward to welcoming you to Community Kids Springvale South.