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Simone Williams

Centre Manager - Great Beginnings Taylors Lakes

“I really enjoyed building relationships with both the children and families and teaching them new things.”

My career in early childhood education and care began in 2015 after I completed my Diploma and I started working at Great Beginnings Taylors Lakes in 2019.

What inspired me to start my career in the sector was by becoming a mum myself and I found that I enjoyed watching my children develop and learning about the developmental stages they go through. I found that I really enjoyed building relationships with both the children and families and teaching them new things.

I have a particular interest in educating children with additional needs and have learnt so much in my career about how to educate and nurture them. This guides my teaching style as it gives me the patience and empathy, I need to teach a variety of different learning styles.

My passion comes from my own journey with being a mum to a child with additional needs and I have developed a deeper understanding of parent’s situation. This empathy allows me to nurture parents through the process transitioning children into care and helping to ease their anxieties.

Parents will be able to track their children’s development and routines through our all in one family app Xplor Home and watch the incredible things that our passionate educators are teaching such as life cycles, indigenous embedded practices, STEM and many more. The social aspect that our early education setting provides is what really makes a difference because through planning educators help to build children’s resilience and their social and emotional development.

We have a great multicultural team who are passionate about teaching children about their culture. Many have over five years’ experience and we have a mixture of staff of different ages. A lot of our educators are mother’s themselves and understand the importance of building relationships and nurturing children. Great Beginnings Taylors Lakes is the sort of centre where everyone knows all the children, no matter which room they are in. We are such a close-knit team it feels like one big family.

The best part of my job is the team – they are so committed and positive about their role as educators.  The whole team sees their role as incredibly important, helping children establish the building blocks for a successful lifetime of learning. They are all passionate about scaffolding children’s learning and making a difference in a child’s life.

Our team participate in regular professional development opportunities to help them to understand what is required of them. We have a very passionate health and safety officer who takes the opportunity to show educators how to do something the correct way. Great Beginnings has 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.

When on tours with families we encourage families to ask as many questions as possible and always give them the opportunity reach out when they need to if they remember another question. We will aim to provide families with as much Child Care Subsidy (CCS) information as possible as we know this can be stressful to navigate.

We support our families with regular breakfast bars in the morning to take food away with them and on some occasions we also offer a fruit bowl at morning drop off. We encourage families to come in on celebration days such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other celebrations. We offer a stay and play process where children begin to orientate into our centre and get to know the staff and educators more. Families are encouraged to sit in our parent retreat and enjoy a coffee or tea whilst they fill out “getting to know your child” forms.

A fun fact you may not know about me is that I am a plant enthusiast and love indoor plants!

I welcome you to come in and meet the friendly team at Great Beginnings Taylors Lakes – we cannot wait to meet your family and start on this exciting journey with you.

Call to enquire 1800 517 086