ACECQA Exceeding National Quality Standard in Child Care

Our Staff

At Butterflies, we know that the most important factor in our contribution to your child’s happiness and education is the quality of our staff. We therefore go to great lengths to attract and retain the best team possible.

 


Director's Profile


What is your name?

Hello, my name is Rebecca.

How long have you been working in the Early Childhood Education sector?

I completed my degree 13 years ago and have been working with children ever since. I was also fortunate to have worked as the coordinator of a before and after school care Centre whilst studying at university.

What qualifications do you hold?

Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education), from Macquarie University.

What is your philosophy?

As Centre Director I believe that the early years are the most influential in extending and enriching children’s development and education. I believe in a program that has a foundation of learning through play, both indoors and outdoors, in which children are encouraged to make choices and extend their own learning.

I also recognise the importance of families, being the primary influence in a child's life. I aim to continually develop and maintain collaborative and open partnerships with all families and as such promote an open door policy.

What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?

As a teenager I had the opportunity to go Thailand and visit children who lived in remote villages and this experience made me realise that I wanted to make a difference and work with young children, having the opportunity to support them as they grow and foster their development. I also enjoy spending time getting to know our families, as they are the first educators of our children. I strongly believe that family and community involvement are vital to the success of Butterflies. 

What makes your team special?

At Butterflies I have a passionate and dedicated team of educators who are invested in each child’s wellbeing. Their constant positivity and hard work make Butterflies an incredible working environment.  We work together to form a team who respect, value each other and share  knowledge and skills to provide an environment where children feel safe but are also challenged.

 

Pre-School Room Leader, 2IC and Educational Leader


What is your name?

My name is Mariana.

How long have you been working in the Early Childhood Education sector?

I’ve been working with children for 11 years now. In this time, I’ve worked with children from 6 weeks to 10 years old.

What qualifications do you hold?

I hold a Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary School Teaching from the Pontifical Catholic University of Sao Paulo.

What is your philosophy?

First of all, I believe education has the power to transform people, and that is why I chose to become a teacher. I believe my duties are to facilitate children’s learning and help them develop to their full potential and, in doing so I can fulfil the underlying goal of each student – to learn. I am confident that education can only take place where there’s love; so I make sure every child is welcomed lovingly and oriented with respect.

I believe that the teacher must have a clear set of objectives that will advance the student towards their learning goals.  In order for this to occur, the teacher must make all attempts to know their students, in the sense of what they bring into the classroom, by way of prior learning, and the ways on which to expand and build upon it. 

I know that there is only so much a teacher can do, that’s why I believe that working in partnership with families, optimising my reach and making my work more customised and effective.

I believe different children learn in different ways, and to cater for the different learning needs of students a variety of approaches and activities should be an important part of the curriculum, providing all students with opportunities to explore their interests and grow.

What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?

Sometimes I feel that the industry chose me! As a child, I spent most of my school holidays helping out at my family’s day care centre and I’ve always enjoyed the ins and outs of the industry. So, it wasn’t a big surprise that as a young teenager I got my first job working with children and that that just fuelled my interest to continue studying and furthering my experience in all different educational sectors.

Toddler Room Leader 

 


What is your name?

Rhonda.

How long have you been working in the Early Childhood Education sector?

I have been working as an early childhood teacher for two years since graduating in 2015.

As a new teacher, who has moved from Melbourne, to Sydney, I am looking forward to learning from my friendly team members at Butterflies.

Moving interstate has been a challenging, but exciting, experience for me. 

What qualifications do you hold?

I graduated from Monash University, Melbourne, in 2015. Through my 4 years study while at University, I have learnt not only educational theories but practical skills.

What is your philosophy?

I strongly believe in using home language, where possible to support families. I have experienced first hand the difficulties caused by cultural differences and language barriers and I want to support families who are struggling with adapting and trying to gain a sense of belonging in a brand new country. To help me achieve this, I have decided to finish my Diploma of Interpretation (Bidirectional Interpretation) in Mandarin and English with the Australian Institution of Translation and Interpretation.

I aim to understand each family's cultural backgrounds, to learn from them, and develop relationships with them, as we need to work collaboratively to achieve the best results for the children.  

What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?

When I was little, I used to love spending  my day observing bugs and insects, I was amazed by these little creatures. My dream, at the time, was to be a biologist, however my interest was overlooked by my teachers and parents because they thought it was irrelevant and did not fit within the curriculum.

I still feel disappointed that they did not support me and further my interests, encouraging me to learn. I therefore chose to be a teacher so that I could ensure that this does not happen to any other children.

What do you like about working at Butterflies?

At Butterflies, family participation and the acknowledgement of each family's cultural background is central to the philosophy and also the day to day program. This is very similar to my personal beliefs and philosophy, as I strongly believe educators should be committed to applying Anti-Bias in our daily curriculum, programming and planning process. 

Nursery Room Leader


What is your name?

Winni.

How long have you been working in the Early Childhood Education sector?

I was a kindergarten teacher for eight years in Hong Kong, before moving to Australia and starting at Butterflies.

What qualifications do you hold?

I graduated with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, from The Hong Kong Institute of Education in 2012. On arrival in Australia I had my qualifications assessed by ACECQA and approved as equivalent to an Australian Early Childhood Teacher (ECT).

What is your philosophy?

I believe that every child is unique. I also believe that a high quality early childhood program must provide a safe and nurturing environment, which promotes individual children's development across all domains.

What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?

I do not have fond memories of my early schooling and my hope was that by becoming an Early Childhood Teacher, I could provide children with the best and happiest start possible.

What do you like about working at Butterflies?

At Butterflies I was welcomed warmly and this has helped to make my transition, to life in Australia, much easier. I feel supported by my colleagues, Butterflies management and of course, our wonderful families.

Also, the Centre is well resourced which allows me to offer a varied program to our children.