Every month we are going to introduce you to some of our talented team- this month we have our Senior Kindy Educators for you to get to know a little better. Both of these women are passionate, caring and very energetic- which is exactly what you need to be when working with 3-4 year olds!

Meet Sharon Manhood (Cockatoos Room, Centre 2)


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

I have been in childcare for eighteen years. I was actually working in aged care when I decided to basically do the opposite. Aged care inspired me to want to watch children grow into amazing people. I have two children, Mitchell who is sixteen and Abbey who is twelve and I love, love love chocolate!

What is it that you enjoy most about working in the Cockatoos Room?

I love communicating with the children and I love a challenge! Bonding with the children is amazing too. It is so interesting to listen to their ideas and I love being able to explore the environment with them- as if I am seeing it all for the first time with them.

What are your interests or passions outside of work? What do you like to do on the weekends?

Family is really important to me. We spend all of our time together going to the beach or parks. At the moment my upcoming wedding in encouraging me to become really crafty.

What personal attributes do you believe make a good educator?

I think I am fair, I love the children, they know that I am here to support them fully. I like to teach them to have respect for themselves, others and the environment.

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

I believe that parents should come in and interact with their children in our environment, getting to know us so that their child feels comfortable and so that they can feel more at ease during the first drop off. It is important to always reassure this age group that you will be returning at the end of the day to pick them up.


Meet Emma Newman: (Goannas Room, Centre 1)


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

I would say I’m a very passionate, driven person with a very positive outlook on life. I know how to have fun and when to be serious.  About 5 years ago I had to stop working to become my nans full time career, during that time I enrolled to do my cert 3 in children services. I was able to fast track my cert and finish it with in 3months.  I then started my career here at Coomera club house when we first open 4 and a half years ago and have enjoyed every moment of this roller coaster ride since. I was also able to do my diploma while working fulltime with the support from my director and staff.

What is it that you enjoy most about working in the Goannas Room?

Last year was my first year with this age group and what a journey we had throughout the year. I love every minute of being with this age group and I find it to be very rewarding. It makes me so proud to watch them learn and grow and to put into practice what they have learnt.

What are your interests or passions outside of work? What do you like to do on the weekends?

I would differently say I am a foodie. I love going down to the farmers markets on the weekend and trying new recipes to share with friends and family. I love op shopping and upcycling, at the moment I’m making a coffee table for book corner out of wood off cuts that were going to be discarded.

What personal attributes do you believe make a good educator?

I think the number one attribute would have to be patience, you need to have patience with children and I’m sure most parents would agree.  I also think you need to love children and take reward from the little things as this is a hard job and if you are unable to stop and enjoy the little things then you will burn out.  You need to be caring, kind, nurturing, fair, assertive, and positive and remember to have fun along the way.

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

It can always be hard leaving on the first day, my advice is always different due to each being different. What works for some may not work for others. But I can say this: everything gets easier with time.

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