I was born in Australia but grew up in Sweden. I did my studies to become an Early Childhood Teacher in Stockholm. I am very appreciative of my Swedish training and associated history, which has a solid foundation on a strength based approach and encourages a lot of reflective practice. I have 28 years of experience in the Early Childhood Field, 18 of them as a Supervisor and/or Director and I have enjoyed many roles within the industry. I love travelling and learning about other cultures, cooking, sustainability and of course my field of work!
I believe that all children (and families) have the right to high quality Early Childhood Education and Care. We all work as a team to provide a warm and safe environment based on the children’s needs and interests. A collaborative partnership is the best way to support our children and our families. It’s an on-going process as we are always learning more… the main emphasis being on children’s self-esteem, independence and self-help skills.
My view is holistic. Everyone becomes who they are for a reason. Allow children to shine, to be curious, confident and to grow! All children are capable and all children contribute. It is imperative to listen, look and learn with the children ensuring that time spent continues to be meaningful. My periodical work as a Trainer & Assessor has grounded my understanding and interpretation of the National Quality Framework (NQF).
My strength is to guide others to seek and find the additional qualities and strengths (capacity and capabilities) they have. I found that the “Address Adult Language Literacy and Numeracy Skills” (TAELLN411) was useful for furthering my understanding of different adult learning styles. For me it is important to be part of an organisation where communication and role modelling achieves a sense of work ethic, which is continuously evolving, changing and growing. To take the time to listen to all stake holders so they feel welcome, accepted, appreciated and valued.
I like a work place where I can thrive on challenges and be appreciated for hard work and achieved goals. Where I can gain respect, and show my capacity but most importantly feel that the values and philosophical view is shared. Here I know that we provide great home cooked food, sustainability, a respect for our Indigenous Peoples and that the children receive quality care, education and lots of love! It does indeed feel like a home coming, returning to Gumnut Gardens.
Looking forward to meeting you all,