17th August 2019

In Conversation with Sarah Centre Manager of Wallaby Street

Outdoor gardens and shade cloth at Wallaby Street

Sarah is the Centre Manager for Wallaby Street, a homely centre which features an herb garden, natural play structures, and a range of age-specific ateliers. Sarah took a few minutes out of her busy day to share insights on her career background, her education approach and a few fun facts.

Sarah, Centre Manager of Wallaby Street

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

1995 was the beginning of my journey in education for early childhood. I first studied through TAFE and then university to obtain my teaching degree whilst working in Before and After School Care services and early learning centres across the Central Coast. I joined Guardian in 2010. I’ve been working in early childhood for almost 25 years, and have experienced many different little people’s personalities and watched them move on to new opportunities.

Supporting children through the start of their learning journey is one of the most rewarding positions to be in. Not a single day goes past without a rich experience and a laugh or a giggle – which is greatly rewarding in any career.

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 am constantly impressed by the children I meet – their curiosity, competence and capabilities are unfailing. Each child is unique and working with them to explore this uniqueness is so rewarding. They will grow up to become active participants in an increasingly complex, globally connected and changing world. Wallaby Street works to capture every child’s uniqueness through developing a strong sense of belonging, warm trusting relationships and positive interactions. We work hard to facilitate their endless learning opportunities throughout our environment.

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

While I strive to develop our children in all developmental areas, music is, for me, an essential component. It is so important for children to listen to and create music – it touches the soul, provides great joy and allows children to express and create. Music is part of all cultures and can aid in carrying our cultures forward to the next generations. To me, it’s about free expression, creativity, socialisation, literacy, social and emotional development, learning sounds, the meaning of words, beat, rhythm, sounds…the list is endless.

3 quick fun facts about Sarah

  1. I am part of a football family – my three men are active soccer players and loud supporters of different Leagues clubs.
  2. I play a Euphonium (brass instrument). When I was 15 I was lucky to travel with a NSW Brass Band to America to play in competitions there.
  3. I have toured in China and would love to be able to learn the language.