17th August 2018
Centre Manager in the Spotlight: Bex from Early Learners
Early Learners is a childcare centre in Altona North that offers high quality care and early learning programs for young children. With nearly a decade experience in early learning, Centre Manager Bex brings personality and passion to the centre. We find out a bit more about her stance on early learning, what she loves about her job and how she is a self-proclaimed science geek.
Tell us a bit about your career background.
Before the move to the early learning sector I worked inhospitality and had a range of roles from kitchen work right through to hotel and bar management. Being a people person I have always enjoyed customer service and chatting to new and interesting humans from different walks of life.
I started looking for a career change about eight years ago and a friend suggested I come and have an Interview and trial at High Street Early Learning Centre (another Guardian centre) and I have never looked back. It’s such an awesome role and rewarding career.
How long have you been at Early Learners for?
I have been at Early Learners since September 2017.
Why is Early Childhood Education important to you?
The early years are so crucial for building who we are later in life and having a part in this process and building these relationships Is an honour. Children offer us so much if we listen and take it all In, their innocence is endearing and their acceptance of difference teaches us every day about judgment and being part of a community. I enjoy having the opportunity to guide and support their growth into awesome holistic humans who have a balanced view of the world.
What’s the best part of your job?
I love all aspects of my role – meeting new families, training educators and teaching new approaches, but most of all being with the children – it’s what hooked me in the beginning and where my love of education came from.
What makes Early Learners such a wonderful centre?
We have a large team who together have created a wonderful community with our families and children over the years. This makes it feel like a home when you arrive with a lot of laughter and constant chit chats with families.
Tell us about the team at Altona North.
Our team have a range of cultures and backgrounds that come together to create a snapshot of the wider world; this is what allows us to teach the children about difference and acceptance with such passion. With 60% of our team parents themselves there is a level of empathy that shines through each day. We have fantastic retention of educators and this is a testament to the team and what they have created at Early Learners.
What do you love about the Altona North Early Learners community?
Having a lot of yard space has allowed us to begin building our community garden and we have begun to build on our use of worm farms and composts.
Gardening and sustainability are a big passion of mine and having the opportunity to teach the children through our environment makes me love Early Learners all the more. I love being able to foster for nature and the environment; now more than ever we need to facilitate the children’s connection to the land.
What projects have been happening at your centre lately?
One project that comes to mind Is a hospital project in one of our kinder rooms that was created due to Illness In a family within our community. It shows passion for the lives of our children and the trust that can be built between Educators and parents. It’s a pleasure to watch projects such as this evolve and grow.
When not at the centre, what can we find you doing in your free time?
Probably listening to or talking about Podcasts and TedTalks – I am addicted. My life outside of the centre doesn’t veer far from values that I yearn to instil in the children through creativity and creating.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I am a huge science geek at heart and love learning about astronomy and physics.
Learn more about Early Learners in Altona North
To find out more about Early Learners head here. You can easily book a tour on this page to view the centre and meet Bex and the team.