some of our amazing staff members
In 2008 an opportunity was born to be able to operate and manage a service that could offer families a personal approach to care that they needed for their children. After working for 20 years for major “players” in the corporate world of “childcare” I felt very disconnected as to why I first decided to choose my passion, working with children. With My years of experience and the first- hand experience on how tough it can be organising life around work and family, I wanted to make it easier for families by understanding what they were going through. Country Buddies was developed and bought to life by my Brother (Approved Provider) for all our services and myself (Operational Manager). Our goal is to offer a “home away from home” for all our children and their families who attend Country Buddies. I believe strongly in having open and honest communications, providing nurturing, loving and genuine care to all children and implementing amazing learning opportunities continually and consistently in all our services. This is my why I love what I am doing, to oversee all operations to make sure we achieve these goals for children and their families.
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.
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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