20th September 2019
In Conversation with Catherine Schultz and Julie Sommerville Centre Managers of Lizards ELC
Catherine Schultz and Julie Sommerville are the Centre Managers for Lizards ELC, a light-filled centre which features a freshly renovated outdoor space, vegetable gardens, and pet budgies. Catherine and Julie took a few minutes out of their busy day to share insights on their career backgrounds, their education approaches and a few fun facts.
Tell us about your time working in early childcare and education so far and what inspires you each day?
We both share similar backgrounds in terms of starting off in the early childhood sector, and have over 47 years of experience between us. We both started in childcare straight out of school and although strangers to each other, we both worked for the same management group – including working at the same centre at different stages of our career. We share similar ideas and the same passion for wanting to make a difference in children’s and families lives.
We are both family oriented and understand the importance of a strong family connection. We often build our bonds with families based on our own experiences, iterating that they are not alone in this journey of parenthood. We are fortunate enough that our paths have crossed again and that we can lead the way in quality early learning and high standards of practice for our Educators at Lizards ELC.
What have you learnt about children during your early childcare and education career and how would you sum up your approach/passion to helping them on their learning, emotional, social and life journey?
Children are unique individuals who need secure, caring and stimulating environments where they can grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially. To be able to confidently take risks, they need to feel safe and supported, and have the opportunity for a collaborative approach for enquiry. Creating this special atmosphere for children allows them to feel more comfortable and have a sense of freedom to experiment, explore, problem solve and question through the use of materials and their own ingenuity.
What are you most excited about working with children on/teaching children about and why?
We are excited to instil a love of learning in children as we share our own passion for learning with them. We feel there is a need for compassionate, strong and dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children. Our role at Lizards ELC is to support our team in ensuring that children, who are the adults of tomorrow, discover who they are so they can express their own opinions and nurture their own ideas. We are so lucky to be nurturing children on their educational journey and supporting them in developing their love for literacy and numeracy.
6 quick fun facts about Catherine and Julie
- We are both extremely family oriented and spend a lot of time with extended family.
- We like to get out in the community with our animals.
- We are both Sagittarians.
- We both are mums and have two children each.
- Our passion is not cooking.
- We are proud of the centre’s achievement of Exceeding in the National Quality Standard. We couldn’t be happier that we have had the opportunity to showcase our centre but also coming together as a united team.