Centre Manager - Great Beginnings Secret Harbour
“I believe that the most valuable teaching method for children is role modelling.”
I began my career in early childhood education and care in 2011 and started working at Great Beginnings Secret Harbour in 2020. I hold a Diploma in Early Childhood Education & Care, Child Protection, First Aid (Inc. CPR) and Specialised Epilepsy Training.
I began my career in Early Childhood Education and Care after I was offered a traineeship. It didn’t take me long to develop a passion for the emerging industry and caring and educating young children. I was amazed at how much of an important role you can play in a young child’s life and education. I wanted to be able to create a positive learning experience for children where they felt loved and nurtured. I believe that the most valuable teaching method for children is role modelling. Children mirror the practices that they observe so it is vital to demonstrate positive relationships and experiences.
All childcare centres, including our centre, use the foundation of play-based learning to guide our experiences every day. With access to a range of age-appropriate learning resources, trained educators, and new experiences among friends, we set children up to thrive in an environment that is dedicated to learning. Children develop their curiosity, problem-solving, confidence and resilience at our centre, and we carefully plan play-based learning experiences around their interests and learning goals. Over time, you will see your child develop abilities such as language, motor movement, memory, concentration and social relationships all by partaking in these experiences - it's a truly incredible journey to witness!
Our team here at Great Beginnings Secret Harbour are dedicated and passionate individuals who all share common values in ensuring we are providing quality education and care. We have staff who have been with us since the centre’s opening, in 2015. Our team is dedicated in working together to create a positive, interactive, and enriching learning environment where children can grow to be capable and confident learners. Our team aim to provide children with a “home away from home” environment. We are big believers in the phrase “it takes a village to raise a child”.
Our team understands just how important your children are to you and we ensure we take our responsibilities seriously. 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.
We are known for our welcoming and friendly team members; we are praised regularly for the ongoing communication within our centre. We provide regular updates through our online portal and our monthly newsletter. You will always see the same faces when at the centre as we have dedicated and consistent team members. Our orientation provides all families with the opportunity to become familiar with the educators in our service, making families feel at ease when leaving the most valuable thing in their life – their children!
We have a coffee machine located in our foyer which families have access to make a coffee during drop off to save some time on their already busy mornings! We also have a fruit bowl located in the foyer which families are able to take from at any time. Our centre holds regular events for families to all come together as a community.
Our centre tour is a thorough process where families are provided with an introduction to the centre, the team are encouraged to bring their children to grasp a sense of how the child feels about the centre. We then will follow up with families via phone and email to provide further assistance when needed. Our enrolment pack contains information about the next steps of enrolment and fact sheets regarding CCS etc. If additional assistance is required, families are more than welcome to complete any forms at the centre with the help of management.
A fun fact about me is that I have a big white fluffy dog (chow chow) called Snow who is treated like (and acts) like a child!
We look forward to welcoming you at Great Beginnings Secret Harbour.