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 15 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 Educational Leader


 What is your name?

Lavinia

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

I started working with children over 10 years ago and have done a mixture of working in Early childhood and teaching primary school.

What qualifications do you hold?

I hold a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and a Diploma of Early Childhood

What is your philosophy?

I believe that it is important that children feel a strong sense of emotional security and sense of well-being as this gives them the confidence to learn and explore their surroundings. Therefore, I will be emotionally available for children and offer support in order for them to express themselves freely.

I value play as important learning tool in early childhood education because this is where children learn so much through the freedom of exploring. As an educator I believe the use of intentional teaching through play helps to scaffold their learning.

I believe that the environment plays an important role in aiding children’s development and learning as it can stimulate their thinking and exploration which is crucial in all areas of development. Therefore, I aim to provide environments that are open ended and flexible to encourage spontaneity, risk taking and exploration.

I believe creativity is another vital part of an early childhood setting as it allows children to explore and experiment.  I will therefore aim to provide opportunities for investigation and experimentation that encourages creativity.

What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?

I have always loved working with children and originally began my career as a primary school teacher, however I realised with my creative personality I was much better suited to working in Early Childhood. I believe early childhood is the most important time in a child’s life where they learn all the foundations to future skills and I hope that the children I teach will flourish in their early years in order to have the best start in life. I love watching children develop and grow their personalities and being able to celebrate their achievements.

What do you like about working at Butterflies?

I love the friendly atmosphere and strong sense of community. I have felt very welcomed by all the families and my colleagues since I have started here and know their will be lots of proficient support to further progress my professional development.

Toddler 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 13 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.

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 8 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.