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Mt Colah Preschool Kindergarten, Mt Colah NSW
educational environment will talk about its curriculum, planning and
assessment processes and all the extra-curricular opportunities that
may be provided. However, at the heart of the creation of any learning
environment is the Educators. Quality teaching comes from Educators who
build strong relationships with child and family and are able to
reflect deeply upon their engagement, which enables them to construct
thoughtful judgement and decision making for all children’s learning.
Mt Colah Preschool our Educators think deeply about their role as
teacher, leader, supporter and collaborator. Our Educators are
passionate about the families and children in our care and the
important role we play in our family’s lives. Our Educators love
learning and inspire the children, leading by example, as they pursue
further knowledge of all aspects of early childhood education and care.
“Children bring family and
community ways of belonging, being and becoming to their early
childhood settings. By building on these experiences educators help all
children to feel secure, confident and included and to experience
continuity in how to be and how to learn.” (EYLF, p.16).
Lara - Director
“Welcome to Mt Colah Preschool Kindergarten.
I started my career at this amazing service in 2010. I am honoured to have the job I do and I love the fact I get to play such a vital role in a child’s life during their most important years and develop strong relationships with their families also.
It is a privilege to work with our team of Educators who are passionate about the relationships they create within our environment and are focussed on supporting each child, through the rapid development that occurs during the early years of life. Our aim is to guide children, inspiring them to engage with the world around them, develop a love of learning and become confident and independent children.
We see ourselves as an important community resource, supporting children and families through early childhood education and care towards a successful transition to formal learning at school.
Our Preschool is so much more than that, it is a family.
“I feel very privileged to be employed as an Early Childhood Teacher at Mt Colah Preschool since 2021. I have worked in the Early Childhood sector for 9 years, completing my Certificate Three, Diploma and Early Childhood Teaching degree during that time. With experience working in Primary schools, I have a high understanding of the expectations of the children when they begin ‘big school’. I am passionate about supporting the children meet those expectations by implementing rich and purposeful learning experiences that develop the children’s language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development. Mt Colah Preschool is filled with curious and capable children, who I have loved building positive relationships with. The Preschool has a strong connection with their families and the community, allowing the children to feel safe and secure in their learning environment. I look forward to continuing to work alongside passionate and supportive Educators who value children’s education as much as I do!”
“I started working at Mt Colah Preschool as a trainee in 2021, where I have now successfully completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood and Care. I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my studies as I now move on to complete my Diploma at Mt Colah Preschool.
I knew from the first day, after engaging with the educators, children, and families, that this was the career for me. I value working with children and am passionate about helping children grow and further develop their skills.
I have been very well supported by the great team of qualified and experienced educators with whom I work and am lucky to be part of such an amazing team.
I have also gained so much from the children and families during my time and look forward to taking the next steps in my career at Mt Colah Preschool.
“I have worked in the childcare sector over 25 years and began working at Mt Colah Preschool in 2011. I am also Mum to two children. I am currently studying my Bachelor in Early Childhood. As an Early Childhood Educator, I strongly believe that children should learn through play and by playing. Through play children learn so much about the world and finding their place in it. The first five years are a crucial time in a child's development, and I love playing a role in supporting this development. I enjoy teaching the children new skills and celebrating with them as they achieve each goal they set out to do. My hope is that through my encouragement, praise and support, the children I meet develop a love of learning that will carry them through their school days and onto a happy future.”
"I feel very fortunate to have undertaken my traineeship here at Mt Colah Preschool in 2019. Since then, I have gone onto complete my Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and have had the opportunity to work with all age groups from 6 months to 5 years developing my knowledge and skill set. One of the many things I love about coming to work each day is being surrounded by such a supportive, passionate and highly qualified teaching team. I believe that children learn through play and the physical environment plays a major role in the success of any early childhood program. I particularly enjoy creating meaningful play spaces and setting up our preschool environment in a way in which promotes children to explore, discover, create and imagine at their own pace. Nurturing the development and helping shape the minds of children is a job I will never underestimate, and I can honestly say working with children in the early years is my true passion.”
““I have been at Mt Colah Preschool Kindergarten for over 25 years and worked for four owners. I am Certificate III trained and the positions I have held include casual and permanent part-time, one on one special needs assistant and Little Endeavours Co-ordinator. Preschool has changed dramatically over the time I have been here but I still enjoy seeing the children come in as three year olds and leaving as confident little people ready to start their ‘big school’ education, with skills learnt and practiced during their time with us. My interest and love has always been the creative and outdoor activities, and in Little Endeavours I am able to focus on these areas involving the children so they learn and practice skills in fun learning experiences. This includes art, craft, cooking, our worm farm and the veggie patch. My activities are often messy and provide the opportunity for the children to explore, discover and extend on their current knowledge. I love being told ‘Jo – you are making a mess again!’
“I am a mother of two grown-up children and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. I have my diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and have enjoyed worked in early childhood education for the past 35 years. I have been working at Mt Colah Preschool since 2017 and it has become more than a just a workplace to me. Here I am surrounded by a genuine love of teaching and supported by a wonderful team of educators and families alike. I have had the opportunity and privilege to care for many children with different learning abilities, watching them grow and develop. I believe that children learn best in a nurturing environment where they feel safe and secure, in order to learn and grow through play. Experiences such as music, craft, indoor and outdoor play provide children with the foundation for exploration and stimulation to grow into happy healthy people. I feel that close relationships between educators and parents are important to provide the best possible care and outcome for children and their families. After all we have many things in common - one of them being your precious children.