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.
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.
Emma Nissen, Educator/Teacher
"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and love of play.” Henri Matisse.
I am passionate about play and the arts in early childhood education. I believe that children are truly capable and competent, bringing a richness to the program influenced by their personal experiences, interests and knowledge. I love witnessing children’s growth and development within a supportive, nurturing and loving community of learners. I am blown away on a daily basis by the complexity of children’s thinking and creativity. I feel very privileged to be able to share in such a rich and special time within young children’s lives, along with their families. I sincerely agree with this sentiment by Bev Boss, ‘Our flexibility and willingness to follow a child’s lead will allow remarkable things to happen, if we let them.’
Ally Leisemann, Administration Assistant (Tues-Thurs)
Ally joined us midway through 2018, bringing her administration expertise to enhance our team and service to our families. Ally offers an approachable, respectful and professional first point of call for all initial contact and queries, to enable our educational team to focus on delivering the best possible teaching and learning program.