5th October 2019

In Conversation with Jodie Hannaford Centre Manager of Daw Park

Jodie Hannaford is the Centre Manager for Daw Park, Guardian’s newest centre in Adelaide, which is due to open by the end of 2019. Daw Park features light-filled environments, nature-inspired materials, and three outdoor areas. Jodie took a few minutes out of her busy day to share insights on her career background, her education approach and a few fun facts.

Jodie Hannaford, Centre Manager of Daw ParkTell us about your time working in early childcare and education so far and what inspires you each day? 

My passion for working with children began when I was in high school and on work placement in a childcare centre. After leaving school, I completed my Certificate III before moving on to complete my Diploma in Children’s Services. My career in childcare began in 1998 where I was an assistant in a nursery room before becoming the Team Leader. I was then fortunate enough to work my way up to an Assistant Director before being offered a Director’s Position within another centre. Now I’m the Centre Manager for Daw Park, which is very exciting.

My passion for working with children has always been about embracing their uniqueness and building the foundation necessary for their future successes.

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?

I believe that all children are unique and should be respected, and I thoroughly enjoy watching them grow and develop into independent little people. I’m also very passionate about delivering high quality care to all families and children within my centre. I am an advocate for professional development for myself and all Educators. I believe continued development builds strong and passionate Educators who actively implement, promote and advocate for high quality outcomes for all children and families.

What are you most excited about working with children on/teaching children about and why?

I want all children to know that they are successful, capable and confident learners and that they are all unique. I want to offer them a place where they are comfortable and confident to engage in learning relationships with their Educators and peers. I will endeavour to help them understand that they have a right to belong and contribute to communities and groups and the greater world.

5 quick fun facts about Jodie

  1. I am married with two sons – Jake who is 19 and Cj who is 12.
  2. I love spending time in Thailand – this is a yearly holiday for my family.
  3. I love getting away in my camper trailer with my husband and two boys.
  4. I am terrified of heights.
  5. I love spending time with family and friends.

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