Our Friendly Management Team consists of Tanya (Director of Brooklyn Park Private Kindergarten and Child Care Centre), Sarah (Director of Glandore Private Kindergarten and Child Care Centre), Derelie (Administrator based at Glandore), Joan (Owner), and Kerry (owner).
Tanya is an experienced and qualified Early Childhood Educator who has been the Director at Brooklyn Park Kindergarten since it opened in 2014. She has been working in Early Childhood Education since 1997, during which time she has worked with children of all ages. Previously Tanya was the Assistant Director at our sister centre, Glandore Private Kindergarten & Child Care Centre where she ran a highly successful kindergarten program from 2007.
Tanya is dedicated to achieving optimal outcomes for children, families and her staff. She is highly experienced, and committed to ongoing Professional Development. She has attended many interstate conferences, and regularly attends other professional development and workshops. From her learning, Tanya is able to incorporate the best of contemporary educational theories and practices into the educational programs. She also uses her knowledge to lead her team as the Educational Leader. Tanya led our team of Educators, when the Centre achieved the outstanding result of achieving Exceeding the National Quality Standards in all 58 elements. Tanya cares for the well-being of each child, and their family, and believes that every child is a capable learner who should be provided with the opportunity to develop to their full potential, with the guidance of caring educators.
EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER
Tamara has been working with children in different early childhood and school settings since 2008. During this time Tamara has had a wide range of roles working with children of all ages. She was the Early Childhood teacher at Glandore Private Kindergarten and Child Care Centre before coming to Brooklyn Park in 2015. She undertook her studies at Flinders University completing a Bachelor of Early Childhood and a Bachelor in Performing Art and Drama.
Tamara is passionate about giving the children the opportunity to learn and explore through every experience and believes that children are curious and capable. When given the chance they want to connect and engage with the world around them. Tamara’s personal philosophy includes the belief that children are contributors to community and culture, that they are citizens of now, not just the future, and that they should have a voice in our society.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR
Emma is a qualified Early Childhood Educator. Emma worked in early childhood in England for 6 years before moving to Australia in 2013, where she has continued her work in early childhood education. Emma has a passion for helping children develop their confident personalities.
Emma’s Philosophy includes the strong belief that children must have a sense of belonging and happiness to be able to learn to their full extent.
EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER
Elissa completed her bachelor of Early Childhood Education and has been working in early childhood education since 2010. Elissa has worked in Child Care Centres, Kindergartens and Schools and has worked with a variety of ages.
Elissa is passionate about children’s wellbeing, confidence and happiness, and about the environment that children learn in. She passionately believes in the importance for children to have a space where they can self-regulate. Elissa’s philosophy includes a strong belief that the environment is the third teacher and that all children are full of potential and are capable human beings. It is Elissa’s overall goal for all children to learn, contribute and be given a chance to participate in all aspects of learning.
EARLY CHILDHOOD TEACHER / MONTESSORI TEACHER
Bethany is passionate about providing educational environments which facilitate learning through hands-on experiences, respecting the child, utilising music and the arts, and give as much access to natural materials as possible. Her philosophy is that children have an open and unprejudiced view of the world, and an innate need and ability to learn.She has been working in Early Childhood for 10 years. She has worked with a wide range of ages from babies to school age children, and has experience in Special Education. Bethany has a Bachelor of Honours in Education, a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood and a Bachelor of Arts. She has nearly completed a Graduate Diploma of Montessori Education.
Bethany especially believes that Montessori Education is amazing in assisting all children’s development, and promoting learning for life. She believes that children are independent, autonomous individuals who are more capable than adults give them credit for. She loves it when children give hugs, or give her drawings, or say things which make her laugh.