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Casey Verbakel

Centre Manager - Great Beginnings Golden Bay

“I strongly believe that children learn through play, exploration, and educators’ influences.”

Welcome Golden Bay families. Throughout my time in the early childhood sector I have held various roles. I started out as a Group Leader and soon progressed to Educational Leader where I supported the Centre Manager in obtaining the centre’s exceeding rating. Soon after achieving this, I progressed to become an Assistant Centre Manager role where I held the position for three years before taking on a Centre Manager position.

My greatest inspiration for the early learning sector comes from my own experiences in the setting. I remember my own experiences as a child and especially the bond I shared as a 4-year-old with my educator. This has helped me to establish secure, respectful, and reciprocal relationships with the children in my care. I love seeing their faces light up with joy when I greet them knowing they are just as happy to see me as I am them.

In my time in the sector, I have learnt that all children respond differently to opportunities and experiences. This has helped me to be adaptive with my teaching strategies and provide experiences that cater to their individuality to achieve their personal goal within a group setting. I believe children are supported on their learning journeys by peers, educators, and the community through the relationships they have developed within the service. This helps to build a secure child who is emotionally adaptive and responsive to change.

The team at Golden Bay are passionate about creating a home away from home where children and families feel a sense of belonging, comfort and community. We encourage an open-door policy and believe this helps to form the foundation for a strong relationship between families, children and our service. The relationship between home and the service is critical to create a smooth transition from home to the service for children.

I look forward to welcoming you and your child to our Great Beginnings Golden Bay centre.

Call to enquire 1800 517 394