Centre Manager - Great Beginnings Gymea
“When a child achieves a goal they have been working towards it makes me feel very proud that I was there for part of their learning growth.”
My career in early childhood education and care began in 2015 and I have been working at Great Beginnings Gymea since 2017. I have completed a Certificate II in Community services (Childcare) through a TVET course at school after graduating high school I went on to complete a traineeship Certificate III. I also completed my Diploma in 2016 and since then I have enrolled in Bachelor of Education (Birth to Five).
As a teenager I really enjoyed looking after my younger brother which is why I turned to child care and early education. Since being in the sector I have enjoyed watching children learn and develop in all areas. When a child achieves a goal they have been working towards it makes me feel very proud that I was part of their learning growth.
The first thing I learnt being in child care and early education is that children want to play and enjoy themselves with someone who they have formed a strong attachment with. A teaching practice I often use in my approach is playful pedagogy and the circle of security, this method aims to make the learning environment a playful space for both the children and educator. Children are guided through their play by the educator to learn.
Ensuring each child is seen as an individual and given equal opportunities. Approaching all learning journeys with children feeling as though they are included. As we are a small service, we can achieve this each day in our centre. I like to take the time to get to know the children in the centre so I can ensure that they are getting all their needs met.
We have highly knowledgeable, trained staff who are committed to early childhood education and care. Our staff ensure each child is hitting their correct development needs for their age, we observe the children monthly and do a six-month developmental milestone summary for each child mid-year and at the end of the year. From these summaries we can provide your child with a set of goals to work towards for the next six months to ensure they are on track.
On top of this, children have learning journey’s they follow each month with their educators, recently our toddlers have been learning all about space and our preschoolers have been learning about fractions and patterns. The nursey room have also been very interested in the postman, so they are exploring the different types of post men and women.
We are a small, close-knit team many of us have been working together for over three years and have worked with each other in the past as other child care and early education centres. We work closely together with all the children – all educators have a great bond with all the children in the centre no matter what room they are in.
The best part of my job is the team – they are so committed and positive about their role as educators. Educators spend their own time learning new things about child development demonstrating their commitment to all the children in our care.
Our Great Beginnings child care and early education centres have extensive policy and procedures in place to assist our team in protecting children in our care. You can read more about our commitment to safety here.
After completing a tour at our centre I send a thank you email to the family who attended, from their I have a clear step by step process on how they would like to enrol their child. I also have an open-door policy if families have any questions they may need answered or even if they need help with the enrolment forms.
Our center holds family events for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter, and Christmas for all families to come and join. We also offer information nights for families and I also provide a ‘Tips & Tricks’ section in our newsletter for families these tips can range from getting rid of the dummy to how to teach my child to tie their shoe laces.
Building a working partnership with families is an extremely important part of the enrolment process. I enjoy building rapport with families. Constant communication with families is key to the enrolment process. As a centre manager I always try to schedule myself on an open and/or close shift to ensure I get to see all our families weekly and have a conversation with them. I always ensure I attend all centre events from Mother’s Day and even all centre excursions when I can which we invite families to also attend if they can.
Our team at Great Beginnings Gymea cannot wait to meet your family and start on the child care and early education journey with you.