Centre Manager - Community Kids Sunbury
“I believe it is important to encourage a love of learning.”
I have been working in the early childhood education and care sector since 2001 before taking on the Centre Manager role here at Community Kids Sunbury in 2006. I hold a Diploma of Early Childhood Education.
I was inspired to pursue this career path once I became a mum myself. I found that I enjoyed watching my children develop, learn and move through the different developmental stages and therefore wanted to continue to participate in this fulfilling industry long term.
I have learnt that all children are different, and they all have their own learning styles. I believe that children can teach us as much as we can teach them and it is important to spend time just being with them, exploring, playing, and learning alongside them. I aspire to create a learning environment that is warm, nurturing and fun. I believe it is important to encourage a love of learning which will assist each child to reach their full potential.
Our centre aims to provide a home-like environment that is nurturing for the children. We want the children to be confident and involved learners and our service gives them the opportunity to explore and learn and develop positive interactions with their peers and educators. We endeavour to develop positive relationships with our families and work collaboratively with them.
We have a dedicated Workplace Health and Safety officer at our centre who maintains high safety standards of the service to keep all our children safe. Our educators are all trained in First Aid, Anaphylaxis, and CPR. We also do yearly Child Protection training through Bravehearts. We believe it is important to speak up for children and act to protect the children in our care. We believe in providing support to families, so children are kept safe and help make things better.
Our centre provides dedicated and compassionate educators who are available to children and families as required. We have long-serving, team members who reflect our local community. All our educators work collaboratively to improve practice through team meetings, professional development, and reflection on practice. Our educators are caring and nurturing and provide the children with many opportunities for learning through play. We are also lucky to have our experienced Chef who prepares health meals morning tea and afternoon tea for families during drop off and pick up time. Families are welcome to take a coffee or tea as they head off to begin there day.
We spend a great deal of time with each new family assisting them with the complete enrolment process. In conjunction with our Family Support Team, we ensure that families receive all the necessary information that is required about the child care centre and enrolling. We provide a comprehensive tour, that explains all child care centre information, learning programs, view our environments, meet the team, and answer any questions the family might have.
We regularly host family events such as Mothers and Father’s Day, Grandparents Day, date nights, and more. This encourages our families to come together as a local community with our team and we also host celebrations at the end of the year. We have meaningful face to face discussions with families every day to ensure they feel that the relationship is important to us.
We build rapport and relationships with our families through meaningful daily conversations, providing regular updates on their child’s progress, listening to their feedback and actioning it.
A fun fact about me is that I love indoor plants as you will see on your visit!