We have decided that our team is so fantastic that we want everyone to meet them- so each month we are going to ask our Educators a couple of questions so that you can get to know them better.

This month, we introduce you to Miss Ebony and Miss Stephanie.

Miss Ebony:


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

I am 21 and I have been in childcare going on 5 years now. I have both my Certificate 3 and Diploma. I suppose I got into childcare after being around so many kids- I had a big family and there was always loads of children around, plus my sister had her children young, so in helping her out my passion for children grew. Now I can not see myself doing anything else.

What is it that you enjoy most about your day working in the Possums room?

I find working with babies very rewarding. Everyday I get to come to work and see them growing and changing- I mean they can go from not doing so much to crawling and talking in no time, and I love being part of their development.

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

At the moment Kerry (fellow team member) and I are saving up to go travelling. We are going to Scotland and London and hopefully some of Europe, so we are being quiet at the moment. But I also go to the gym which I enjoy.

What personal attributes do you believe make a good educator?

A good educator needs to be nurturing, caring, passionate and friendly.

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

For me personally, my number one advice would be to make it quick and easy or short and sweet. Reassure your child that you will be back, communicate any concerns or changes in routine with the educator and then leave.

I also encourage new families to come and visit before hand and spend time in the room getting to know the new surroundings and educators. That way when it comes to the first drop off it won’t be so daunting.

Miss Stephanie:

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

I was quite young, around 16 or 17, I went into work experience at a centre straight out of high school. After that I got my first job and studied to gain my qualifications. I guess growing up with my young nieces which I really enjoyed made me realise how much I love children and made it my career.

What is it that you enjoy most about your day working in the Quokkas room?

I love babies! I love seeing how quickly they grow up and their different little personalities. I also enjoy building those essential close relationships with the child and their parents or carers.

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

I do swimming with my little boy, who is now 1. We also love to watch my partner play footy- I am always busy- mainly just being a mum!

What personal attributes do you believe make a good educator?

Must be a happy person with a friendly personality and good attitude to anything that comes your way. You also need to be open minded and enjoy yourself at work- you need to enjoy yourself!

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

I always recommend doing a half play day to introduce them to care. Then I would say step it up to a half day, for say, 4-5 hours so that they learn to understand that you are coming back to get them. Having a solid routine at home that can be duplicated at the centre can also make a huge difference.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know Ebony and Stephanie! Next month we will introduce you to some more of our passionate educators- stay tuned 🙂

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