Our Team

Donna Farman, Director/Teacher

 

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human being."  Ann Landers

 

I strongly believe in the capabilities and potential of all children , supporting them to believe in themselves, to realise their potential, their capabilities and above all to celebrate who they are!  I believe supporting children to be active participants in their learning and to share their thoughts, ideas and opinions in a supportive and respectful environment  is integral to the development of a  positive sense of self and confidence to be a keen co-contributor to their community/world.  I continue to find ways to nurture children’s self-belief, to discover their abilities and to develop life-long skills that will support their social and emotional well- being and resilience.  I believe our ‘doing for children’ (above quote) is how we hold the ‘space’ for them and create environments and connections that support, guide and honor who they are. 

Jessica Tomkins, Teacher

 

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.” Alfie Kohn

I believe in a holistic approach to education, valuing the emotional and social needs of the child as just as important as the academic learning. I place great importance on helping children to develop an awareness of their internal state, and helping them to build skills to self-regulate, to communicate and negotiate and to resolve conflicts. I believe children’s natural motivation to play can be used as a context to explore, experiment, discover and solve problems in imaginative and creative ways, and I will always give children the freedom to develop their own ideas and interests. My role is to encourage their learning by stretching their thinking to higher levels and helping them to move beyond their current level of understanding. I aim to help children to develop skills to think for themselves and consequently to build confidence in themselves as learners. I feel privileged to be an early childhood teacher, and strive to continually reflect on and improve my practice, to create a nurturing and encouraging environment where children can blossom.

Lauren White, Educator

"Children co construct theories and knowledge through relationships they build with other people and surrounding environment."  Vygotsky

 

Relationships have always been very important to me, to build respectful caring relationships with children and their families provides a strong base for optimal learning and growth and a sense of safety where children can be empowered to be capable, confident, creative, resilient, inquiring learners rich with wonder, who have respect for others, the environment and themselves.  In my work I strive to support this growth.  

Robyn Woods, Educator

 

‘Be careful what you teach, it might interfere with what they are learning’  Magda Gerber

As an educator of young minds, I want to inspire lifelong learning in our children. Learning happens all day, every day and by providing a diverse and changing learning environment we can, I believe foster learning through doing, imagination, empathy,  opportunities to take risks and respectful connections with others and with that skill set we will support children to value lifelong learning and relationships.

I passionately believe that if we can foster a basic understanding of gratitude at a young age by supporting children’s physical, social & emotional wellbeing by providing an environment that nurtures connection with others (spiritual wellbeing) and our natural world we are preparing them for their future world.

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Annette Edwards, Educator (Early Week)

My interest in and passion for the early childhood field has continued to inspire me over my 30 years of experience in a variety of settings. I believe all children are unique yet equal and deserve to be guided, supported and valued as competent and capable in a nurturing environment where they can build lifelong skills. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to work at Mudjimba Community Kindergarten alongside a team of educators who all have their own interests and skills to share.

 

My mother said to me , "If you become a soldier , you'll become a general, if you become a monk you will end up as the Pope" . Instead I became a painter and wound up as Picasso. ---Pablo Picasso , author. I take from the quote: with support , guidance and belief children can become their "own greatness " which is not always the expected greatness.

Cathy Strajnar, Educator (Late Week)

Children are learning all the time, about themselves, their world and the way the world sees them. Which is why I am passionate about the way we communicate with children and the messages we send out to them. The early years of childhood are the foundation upon which self confidence and belief is built. I believe that are children are competent and capable learners.  By valuing a child’s unique learning style and supporting them in a nurturing, calm and warm environment children will become confident individuals and will continue to have a strong sense of self, as they mature. 

I believe in fostering all areas of a child’s development, by supporting and encouraging them to become life long learners.  I believe it is my job as an educator, to support and encourage each and every child to help develop a love of learning and a strong sense of self belief that remains strong and resilient. 

“Our task is to help children communicate with the world using all their potential, strengths and languages and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture” Loris Malguzzi