A key member of the Guardian Early Learning Centre – Haberfield team, Vicky Podesta has been at the centre since August 2014. She’s the Toddler Room Leader and WHS Officer at Haberfield and absolutely loves what she does.
We take two minutes with Vicky to find out a bit more about her and what exactly she loves about working with children.
How long have you been an educator for?
I studied my Diploma in Children’s Services in 2013 at ACBC (Australian Careers Business College) and began working at Peek-A-Boo in August 2014. I joined Guardian once they took over the business and have been the Toddler Room Leader since 2015.
Why did you decide to pursue early childhood education?
I decided to pursue early childhood education as I have always been interested in working with children and found that early childhood would allow me to make a great impact in the children’s future.
What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is being able to teach a child new things and watching them proudly showing off new skills they have learnt to their peers and families. Another thing I love about my job is seeing how children gain confidence and build relationships with peers and educators. It’s lovely to see when children have formed a strong bond with me.
What do you love most about Guardian Early Learning Centre – Haberfield?
The supportive staff. Also, it’s great that Guardian takes the initiative to organise workshops and information nights to keep their staff up to date with new information and always providing us with opportunities to learn.
What do you think the children love about Guardian Early Learning Centre – Haberfield?
I think the children love that the environments are set up to be easily accessed by them. This gives them control over the experiences they want to take part in and allows them to be in charge of their own experiences.
Let’s get to know you personally…
What’s one of your favourite childhood memories?
Every afternoon after school, my mum would give me a cup of milk and hand me a book. I would flip through the pages and when I was finished drinking my milk she would read it to me before going for a bath!
Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and what is its name?
I have a dog named Monkey who lives with my grandmother in Uruguay as I could not bring him to Australia when I moved here and another cheeky girl named Linda who lives with me and my family!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I would love to be invisible! This would give me the ability to hop on a plane and travel and explore the entire world for free!
What’s made you laugh recently?
Last weekend when I was out in the city, I was looking around talking about how beautiful the buildings were. While looking around and admiring them I ran into a pole, and instantly bruised my shoulder. It was a laugh or cry kind of moment, so it was best to just laugh it off!
Learn more about Guardian Early Learning Centre – Haberfield
Conveniently located on Parramatta Road, pick ups and drop offs are made simple with off street parking and easy access to public transport. Bright open spaces and an abundance of resources make this childcare centre in Haberfield a great place for children to grow and learn.
Meet Vicky and the rest of the team at Guardian Early Learning Centre – Haberfield. Book a tour today!