Centre Manager - Great Beginnings Gymea
“I believe children are capable learners.”
I started working in early learning in 2012 as a school-based trainee in an Early learning centre in Queensland. I have been working at Great Beginnings Gymea in October 2017 and have loved it ever since. I hold a Certificated 3 and Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care. I have also completed a Certificate III in Dental Assisting.
I love being a part of children's lives, helping them feel safe and watching them grow and learn. Children are very empathetic and can be influenced by adults’ emotions. This has guided my teaching style which is supporting the children's emotional needs throughout the day. I do this through cuddles if they'd like, sitting with them, singing songs and being available to them. I particularly love focusing on sensory play. I believe it is a wonderful way for children to explore, learn and develop.
I believe children are capable learners, and if we support them by allowing them to build self-help skills, learn through play, risky play, explore nature, develop self-regulation, they will grow to be amazing friends, leaders, and people.
While at an Early Education Centre, children are given opportunities to learn from other children of all different ages which is so important for their social learning. We have a wide range of resources that may not be available at home, and we provide opportunities to participate in centre events and excursions into our local community.
We are a small, close-knit team here at Great Beginnings. Many of us have been working together for a long time. All educators have a great bond with all the children in the centre no matter what room they are in. We observe the children monthly and do a six-month developmental summary for each child mid-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 progressing.
I believe communication and trust is so important. Throughout the day, we send posts, emails and have phone calls if necessary to reassure families, gain information and build those strong relationships with families.
Our team at Great Beginnings Gymea cannot wait to meet your family and start on the child care and early education journey with you.