In Conversation with Brianna Stevenson | Centre Manager of Kinfolk Albury
4th July 2020
Brianna is the Centre Manager for Guardian Kinfolk Albury – an an architecturally designed Centre located in the heart of Albury, boasting a light filled piazza and a creative space, the Atelier, where children explore and play. Brianna took a few minutes out of her busy day to share with us her career story and her passion for child-focused teaching.
Tell us a little about your time working in early childcare and education
I have worked in Early Childhood for 15 years through a range of different roles; Floor Educator, Room Leader, Centre Manager and Area Manager. I am now currently the Centre Manager at Kinfolk Albury where I feel most at home amongst our beautiful Kinfolk Albury community.
What have you learnt about children during your career?
That children are so unique, quirky, smart, intriguing and that giving them the right guidance, the right environment to learn and grow and to listen that they will move mountains.
How would you sum up your approach to teaching?
Child-centred and Child-focused. I am also very passionate and inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach and its principle’s around “the children learn their place in world through interactions” and “A child’s environment is also their teacher”. These principles underpin my own personal teaching philosophy.
What is your fondest memory working in childcare?
Watching and guiding children through years of enrolment with us. Whether it be from the child that was upset at drop off, to now running through the door, eager to start their day. To the children who have been enrolled since they were little babies, and are now off to school! These special moments will always be the best of memories and I hold them dearly.
What excites/inspires you most about working with children and why?
To be in a position to support and advocate for the rights of children and allow them to have a voice inspires and excites me to do what I do. To also be the support system for Educators and Teachers, mentoring and guiding them to achieve their own teaching goals and on their own journey to support, guide and educate our children.
5 fun facts about Brianna
- I am mum to two young, energic boys
- I love to play netball
- Camping is my most favourite holiday
- I love spicy food
- I can do the worm!
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