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 and 2IC


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 and Educational Leader


What is your name?

Rose.

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

In 2012 I proudly graduated  from university and started working at Butterflies as an early childhood teacher.

I became the educational leader of the centre in 2013. Part of my role is to support staff and to help  to improve the quality our educational program.

What qualifications do you hold?

I hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching (graduated 2012).

What is your philosophy?

As a person, who comes from a different cultural background, I completely understand how difficult it is for new migrants especially children to adapt to their new home, so my philosophy is to respect and support each individual; they all have an amazing life story that if we listen to, we can learn from.

In regards to children, I believe in the words of Dr Seuss, “That a person’s a person, no matter how small.” It is important to understand them from different perspectives and get the whole picture from interacting, observing and reflecting.

What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?

Since I was a little girl, my grandparents always commented on the way that I interacted with my little cousin and how I helped her with her homework during the school holidays. They thought that I should be a teacher in the future as it was such a natural thing for me.

I finished high school at Tianjin Foreign Language School, China, before transferring to St Paul’s International College in Moss Vale in 2007.

When it was time to choosing a major for university, my childhood memories came back and I applied to do Early Childhood Teaching at the Australian Catholic University.

What do you like about working at Butterflies?

Since director Rebecca started working we have come a long way and made a lot of changes in our centre. There are good relationships built between children, staff and parents, and the changing structures of classrooms and outdoor area allowed us to be more creative in children’s learning program.

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.