The Team

some of our amazing staff members

Tahnee Pearce

Centre Director

For the past 14 years I’ve been an early childhood Educator, in 2009 I started working at our sister centre, Country Buddies Yarrawonga, where I’ve spent almost 10 years. Throughout this time, I have completed both my certificate 3 and diploma in children’s services. This experience has led me to take on a range of different job roles including assistant educator, room leader, educational leader, leadership roles and now the transition to an amazing job opportunity at Country Buddies Wangaratta as their new Director. As the Director I will strive to work closely with families offering support and guidance as they transition to our new and established centre this will allow families the time and opportunity to discover their child’s new environment. A philosophy that our service and myself hold close is the importance to provide the highest quality of care and learning for each individual child. Our point of difference is having consultations with families and offering customised and flexible hours to best suit their working lifestyle. As the Director I will ensure that I work closely with the Educators employed within the centre to implement learning and developmental outcomes in line with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and National Quality standards. At Country Buddies we Maintain our excellent reputation and quality care as Educators are required to hold a working with children’s check and be studying or hold their certificate 3 or diploma in early childhood education and care. We also run a fully funded kindergarten program with a bachelor qualified teacher. I am excited to implement my experience and passion of early childhood education to Country Buddies Wangaratta and look forward to meeting our new families that join us on this journey.

Bri Probert

Kindergarten Teacher

After working and studying at Country Buddies Yarrawonga for the past 8 years, I have developed a strong passion for early childhood education. When the job opportunity arose at Wangaratta Country Buddies I was excited to transfer and apply my knowledge and experience to our new kindergarten setting. I believe in the importance of scaffolding children’s learning and development whilst nurturing their wellbeing, allowing children to guide their own learning through play. There is also an importance of extending on children’s strengths, abilities and interests and reflecting this in the program which ultimately creates an environment where children feel safe secure and supported. Building relationships with families and children is a priority as it assists us in developing a program that is consistent and flexible to every child’s individual needs. I appreciate and acknowledge that each child develops at their own unique pace this is why our program will be a visual learning journey, that demonstrates children’s learning and development with opportunities of growth to extend on their knowledge. Our program reflects the VEYLDF and its respective outcomes, principles and milestones. To prepare your child for school our kindergarten program implements a point of difference in our Jollyphonics program that introduces the beginning stages of emergent literacy skills. Country Buddies prides itself on its play-based approach to all aspects of the curriculum, planning and pedagogy. Country Buddies contributes and participates within the community, giving children lifelong skills with multiple incursions and excursions to expose children to different cultures and learning environments. We look forward to your enquiries and interest in our amazing service here at Country Buddies Wangaratta.

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