15th June 2017
Mighty Good Times at Mickleham Road
Mickleham Road Early Learning Centre is an amazing centre located in Tullamarine in Victoria. This centre provides a large outdoor space that’s ideal for play and exploration and light-filled, comfortable interiors with plenty of space to engage in groups or enjoy quiet time. One of the strongest assets of this wonderful centre is the team of long-standing and dedicated educators.
Meet the educators
Centre Manager Nellie Hebaiter has been at the centre for Nine years and heads up a team of close-knit, professional educators. Nellie and educators Chrissy, Zorana and Georgia are all part of the original six hired to set up the centre including all furniture, resources and equipment.
Chrissy and Zorana have been working in the Nursery room since the centre opened. This year they’ve taken a break and are working in the Toddler room. However, after their ‘break’ Nellie says, “they are counting down the days to going back to the Nursery room in 2018!” as they both love interacting with the babies. Both have families of their own with Chrissy just becoming a proud grandmother. Another educator Georgia has worked all over the centre and is currently in our Preschool room. Georgia worked her way up to the 2IC position but after a few years decided she missed working directly with the children. Nellie proudly comments that, “These girls are my inspiration and are always cheerful no matter what.”
“Jolene who works with the 3-4 year olds is also such an amazing inspirer to the team,” says Nellie. “We have just gone through our A&R process and one of the comments we had given back to us about Jolene was “you have to see her and the children to believe it” – she has such a great bond with her children and the way she runs her room. Both her and the children work as a team.”
The rest of the team have been there for over five years and she is proud to be working alongside them and our staff turnover has been great. Nellie says, “We have only lost 1 staff in the last few years which has been amazing.”
What’s been happening at Mickleham Road
There’s been a lot happening at Mickleham Road in recent months with everything from the daily Curriculum to working with the community.
“One of the biggest things we are part of here is helping a variety of animal shelters and homes. This focus was chosen by our Preschool children who have a love of animals,” says Nellie. The children have started a project where they bring in items for dogs and other animals to donate to the shelters. This project is teaching children about empathy, rights and community spirit. Mickleham Road’s Kinder teacher Anna is also hugely passionate about animals, so much so that “She once stopped the traffic and picked up a bird that was hurt and brought it to the centre for RSPCA to pick up!”
“Another big project we are working on is with our local school and getting the children ready for transition. We have been invited to do to do weekly visits and the children get a chance to visit different classrooms each week. This also gets the children out and about in the community as we are walking to the school.”
A kind word from a parent
I would like to just thank you and all your staff for the amazing job you all do. It’s not easy to leave your child in the care of someone else however from day one I can comfortably say that your staff have always provided the best care for both my children. This could be as simple as always being welcoming and friendly to always having time to discuss any questions I may have about how my child’s day was at the centre. I always see all the great things they do with the children but most importantly they are always there to comfort the children and take such great care of them.
Nellie you do such a great job and I would like to thank you for always assisting with any inquiries that I may have but mostly for just having a friendly and welcoming smile when we arrive at the centre. – Ivana
Learn more about Mickleham Road Early Learning Centre
Mickleham Road Early Learning Centre not only provides wonderful programs and learnings for the children inside the centre they also offer excursions to the zoo, farm and local library. They also take part in the community and fundraising by holding regular cupcake stalls which the children are involved in and help sell on the day. To meet Nellie and the team, book a tour via our online form here.