21st July 2019

In Conversation with Julie Centre Manager of Jacaranda Underwood

Outdoor playground at Jacaranda Underwood

Julie is the Centre Manager for Jacaranda ELC – Underwood, an open-plan centre which features herb and vegetable gardens, an art atelier, a water pump, a creek bed, and a worm farm. Julie took a few minutes out of her busy day to share insights on her career background, her education approach and a few fun facts.

Julie, Centre Manager of Jacaranda Underwood

Tell us about your time working in early childcare and education so far and what inspires you each day?

I have been working in the early childhood industry for 20 years, and have worked centres across New Zealand, London and now Australia at Jacaranda Underwood.

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 children are competent and confident explorers who are curious, inquisitive and excited about the world around them. As a Centre Manager, I support children in their early years journey by providing complex learning spaces that spark interest and encourage children to hypothesise, as well as creating play-based environments that provoke questions and curiosity.

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

I’m excited about watching children explore, learn and celebrate their milestones and achieving their goals.

2 quick fun facts about Julie

  1. I have travelled extensively and have participated in traditional cultural events I normally would not have been exposed to living in New Zealand.
  2. In my spare time I like going to rugby games (go the All Blacks!!!) and motorsport.

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Outdoor playground at Jacaranda Underwood

21st July 2019

In Conversation with Julie Centre Manager of Jacaranda Underwood