Our Staff at Henry Street Preschool
Our close knit and caring team of educators provide ongoing continuity and stability for the centre and its children. We pride ourselves in our strong relationships that we develop and maintain with families who have attended Henry Street over the years. It is always lovely to see children who have attended our centre and see them grow and develop.
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I have been in Early Childhood Education since 1978 and I have enjoyed watching the development of the children in my care and watch them develop new skills in so many areas. I have seen many changes over the years and continue to be excited by the development of our industry.
I believe that children are capable and confident learners and enjoy being part of their journey and being able to help them construct meaning from their environment. I believe in children being active participants and decision makers in our daily program. Play forms an important part of a child’s education and it is a way that children learn and discover.
To achieve a feeling of belonging in each child and their family we need to work together to ensure that a partnership is formed so that we can share our thoughts and perspectives of each child as a unique individual.
I believe that all educators should show respect for each other, the children, families and the community to which we belong. We should work collaboratively to ensure a supportive environment where we all learn from each other. This leads to a happy, secure environment for children, families and staff to all have a feeling of belonging to our centre and community.
Tracey has been our Office Administrator since 2006. She is in the office daily from 9-12 and is able to help you with all enquiries about enrolling your child in Preschool. Tracey lives locally and has two boys who attended Henry Street Preschool when they were little. Tracey was the Secretary on the Committee when her boys were enrolled at Henry Street.
“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, then maybe we should teach the way they learn”. This quote is one I strongly believe in and instil in my daily practices in the childcare industry and life. Every child is unique and special in their own way and I believe I can create a positive environment in which each child feels confident to extend on their strengths, abilities, knowledge and interests.
The first five years of a child’s life will shape who they become. These years will form foundations for future development, health, growth, happiness and learning and therefore it is vital that we show love, compassion and be responsive to their needs in these early years. Teaching children is my passion and I pride myself on forming trusted, secure relationships with children and families for continued learning.
When planning my programs, they are developmentally appropriate and child-led where the children have the opportunity to create, imagine, explore and discover. Children should be given choices, responsibilities and opportunities to initiate their own learning.
My goal is for each and every child and their families to feel like our Preschool is their second home.
I believe that each child is an inquisitive, independent individual and as an educator I will value and enhance each child’s interests, abilities and extend their learning. Children learn best through play so I will provide them with every opportunity to have a sense of belonging so they are able to explore, discover, create and imagine.
I consider families and the strong relationships that we build a vital part of our service and very important to me. I believe when we provide children with a sense of being, becoming and belonging this allows them the opportunity to learn and grow and allows them to believe they can be anything they want to be.
As an Early Childhood Educator, I believe that children deserve kindness and attention while being engaged in the educational environment. I view children as being capable and competent learners and believe children can enthusiastically contribute to their own learning and be given the opportunity to accomplish tasks to develop their self-esteem.
I value the natural environment and materials, nurturing the garden and being responsible for the surroundings. Whilst playing I think children should feel comfortable taking educated and supported risks in their play. I believe in a hands-on approach for the children, getting messy and dirty is part of the learning process while also respecting the environment and others in the play experience.
I am grateful that I am given the opportunity to observe how children learn and grow and become confident and independent learners.
As an Educator I value each child as an individual by supporting their strengths and basing our curriculum around their interests.
My mission is to contribute to each child’s growth and development in a fun, nurturing and supportive way so they feel safe, secure and supported to continue learning each day. As children learn best through play, giving them the opportunity to be creative, explore and discover their surroundings.
I believe that effective communication with children and their families to develop trusting relationships with each other will help us succeed in working together to support each child’s well-being and development.