Meet Miss Kerry- Group Leader in the Bilby Room

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into childcare?

I have always had a passion and desire to work with children and still have that passion 9 years later. I moved to Australia from Scotland when I was 23 and started my wonderful journey with Coomera Clubhouse 4 years ago.

What is it that you enjoy most about your day working in the Bilbies Room?

It is the most rewarding feeling coming into the Bilbies to start the day with a whole bunch of cuddles from the children as soon as they see me. I love the meaningful conversations I have with the children each and every day, and providing opportunities to expand and extend on the children’s interests with fun and exciting experiences to enhance the children’s learning.

What are your interests or passions outside of work? What do you get up to on the weekend?

I have recently booked flights to go home to Scotland and visit my family and friends so I am very excited about that in the near future. I enjoy socialising with friends and adore my 3 cats Niko, Luka and Lola 🙂

I am also about to learn to drive, which is something I have been saying for quite a while now!

What personal attributes do you believe make a good Educator?

I believe in patience and providing time for children to demonstrate their efforts and interests. I really enjoy getting involved with the children when they are exploring their environment, it strengthens our bond.

Do you have any advice for parents dropping their child at care for the first time?

Trust me, everything will be fine, it may be hard at first but time is definitely a healer and in no time I am sure they will be eager to come and spend the day at kindy.

Meet Toni- Group Leader Kookaburra Room

Can you tell us a little about yourself and how you got into childcare?

I have been in childcare for four years. I was fresh out of school when I decided to study childcare and follow my passion of helping others. I am a very passionate person who loves to have fun and work hard. I have a little boy of my own; Axel who is 15 months old who is my absolute world.

I love netball, spending time with my family and I love teaching children the greatness of our world whilst watching them grow.

What do you enjoy most about your day working in the Kookaburras Room?

I love being able to walk into our amazing colourful room and watch the children’s faces light up as they recognise who your are- each running over to give you big cuddles as they first arrive in the morning. Being able to watch the individual journey and the group journey that we are taking is amazing and I love watch the light in their eyes as they become creative or ask questions becoming inquisitive.

What are your interests or passions outside of work, what do you get up to on the weekend?

I really enjoy playing a game of netball whenever I can, I have been playing since the age of four. However, my real passion is my family. We try to spend as much time with our family as possible whether it be going out to the park, the beach or one of our theme parks like Sea World.

What personal attributes do you believe make a good educator?

I believe that I am a person who is always willing to listen to the needs of the children and their families whilst also supporting their needs to the best of my abilities. I also believe that being patient with the children is the best and most important attribute to have; allowing the children to take time to learn or complete an activity rather than rushing them, or allowing them to make mistakes where needed.

Do you have any advice for parents dropping their child at care for the first time?

I always recommend coming in for a little play before the actual day to allow their child to become comfortable in their environment before being left for a period of time. I also recommend coming in a little earlier before drop off to make sure your child is comfortable and able to play for a period of time before you have to leave. However, every piece of advice is different depending on the individual child and their reactions to the new and exciting environments.

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