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.
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 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.
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.
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.