"I love the organised yet relaxed and nurturing environment that is provided for our beautiful children, families and staff. I enjoy working as part of a great team at THCK. There is a wonderful balance in our program providing activities and experiences to engage children in a practical way as well as keeping up with technology. We are really involved with the community which is very enjoyable."
Terrey Hills Community Kindergarten has a number of long-serving staff members. This provides the children with an environment that is stable, allowing them to feel a sense of security through strong ongoing relationships between Educators, staff, children and families.
We believe Educators are facilitators of learning and exploration, who must work collaboratively with children, families, the community and other team members. Our Educators support children to develop positive attitudes towards learning and facilitate the development of each child toward enhanced self-esteem. The highest level of care and quality education for every single child is vital.
As well as dedication and experience, maintaining current knowledge and practice in early education is important, and achieved through a collaborative, positive work environment and by participating in professional development. Each staff member is respected and treated with equal importance, which is in turn reflected into the respectful and happy environment of the Kindy.
We are a small team and this allows us to work well towards the same goals. We participate in regular staff meetings throughout each term where we discuss individual children, our program, reflect and plan accordingly.
16 years Early Childhood experience, Emma started as the director at THCK in 2021.
Qualifications: Batchelor of Teaching (Early Childhood), Current First Aid training, Current Anaphylaxis /Asthma training, Current Child Protection training, Working with Children Check.
28 years Early Childhood experience/5 years School experience, with 7.5 years at THCK. Certified Supervisor for the service; Responsible person for the service; Acting Director (Thursdays).
Qualifications: Associate Diploma of Social Science (Child Care Studies), Current Senior First Aid, Current Anaphylaxis /Asthma training, Current Child Protection training, Working with Children Check
37 years Early Childhood experience, 7.5 years at THCK. Certified Supervisor for the service, Responsible Person for the service.
Qualifications: Diploma Early Childhood Education, Accredited teacher BOSTES, Current Senior First Aid training, Current Anaphylaxis /Asthma training, Current Child Protection training, Working with Children Check.
Working as relief at THCK since 2011, now permanent, 4.5 years at THCK.
Qualifications: Cert 111 in Child Care, Current Senior First Aid, Working with Children Check.
Cert III Educator in Early Childhood, qualified in 2011. Working at THCK as a casual Educator then becoming permanent in 2018. Responsible person for the service.
Qualifications also include Senior First Aid, Working with Children Check, Current Anaphylaxis/Asthma Training, Current child protection Training, Cert IV Community Services, AAT (Assoc of Accounting Technicians foundation).
I previously worked as the Book-Keeper/Administration for THCK from 2010 to 2016
Marnie is the most recent addition to the team, working casually and covering shifts when needed. She comes to us from a former life in health management and is mum to seven year old Ellie.
Marnie is an animal lover with two crazy cats, and spends her weekends between her local home and her farm near Mudgee.
She is currently studying Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education and Care and holds a current senior first aid certificate with asthma/anaphylaxis training.