30th July 2019
In Conversation with Sam Centre Manager of Creative Beginnings
Sam is the Centre Manager for Creative Beginnings, a light-filled centre which features herb and vegetable gardens, and a recently renovated nursery room and toddler yard. Sam took a few minutes out of her busy day to share insights on her career background, her education approach and a few fun facts.
Tell us about your time working in early childcare and education so far and what inspires you each day?
I began my journey in early childhood whilst I was a student studying a Diploma of Early Childhood in 2011. I completed three placements at Creative Beginnings and after my second placement I was offered a job. I worked as a casual, and once I completed my studies I was offered a permanent position. Soon after I became a Co-Lead Educator of the nursery, then found myself running the three year old room. I was later given the opportunity to become the 2IC and Centre Manager. Guardian has given me so much knowledge and I would be the manager I am today without their training and support.
I have always been passionate about working in early childhood, as it is rewarding to see the children grow and learn. Even day brings something different! Mentoring my team of Educators and assisting them to build on their knowledge and thinking outside of the box keeps me motivated. Seeing families walk through the doors smiling every day and happily leave their children in this safe and inviting environment also brings me a lot of job satisfaction.
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?
During my early childhood career, I have learnt that children thrive in a safe, stimulating environment that fosters their growth and development. Children learn by watching, listening and especially by doing. They learn from the way people treat them and from what they see, hear and experience, which starts as soon as they are born.
My role as Centre Manager at Creative Beginnings is a huge responsibility but also an honour. I am passionate about providing an environment where children can explore, learn new things, practise and expand their skills, and talk about what they are doing and learning. My approach to children is to teach them to watch, listen, think and question. This approach, accompanied with an environment that supports play, is essential to learning.
What are you most excited about working with children on/teaching children about and why?
I am excited to teach children about loose parts and how to incorporate them into their play. Play is important because it allows children to practise skills repeatedly in their own time and to develop ideas at their own pace.
Play materials can come from many sources and I am passionate about providing children with a variety of open-ended materials such as loose parts. Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials. Loose parts can be natural or synthetic. In our service we provide loose parts for all age groups. It always amazes me how each child incorporates loose parts into their play.
3 quick fun facts about Sam
- I love camping. There’s nothing better than being out in nature.
- My hobbies include arts and crafts – I enjoy making cards and gifts for family and friends.
- I enjoy spending time with my daughter and husband.