Bright Beginnings Children’s Centre Director
Tell us about yourself, your interests outside of work?
Not only is Jane the director of Bright Beginnings, she is also the founder and owner. Bright Beginnings has been established for 10 years. Jane qualified from Newcastle University with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood). A hands on director Jane has worked in all three rooms, sharing her knowledge and gaining understand of what is required by her educators and staff. Local to the area Jane herself knows many of the families, and with this has established a long standing rapport with the local support agencies and businesses.
Tell us about your service and its individual style (teaching methods, projects, language program, philosophy etc)?
At Bright Beginnings we follow a program based on key areas and interests of the children, as well as incorporating time for intentional teaching through language and music groups. We understand that play based and social learning is a pivotal part of every child’s development. Children learn from being with others, learning from them and establishing trusting relationships. With this we recognise and acknowledge that every child is an individual.
All of our educators are personable, approachable and knowledgeable about the Early Childhood Industry and have a wide variety of training and industry interests.
The preschool room follows a school readiness program that incorporates “social skills” and learning through a variety of programs such as “Letterland” and “The PALS Program”.
What are the most important aspects of Education in the Early Childhood Setting?
Usually Childcare/long day care is the first contact a child has outside of the family, we acknowledge the important role we play as caregivers, educators and a new found part of the child’s community. The most important part we play is to offer the children a safe, secure and supportive environment in which they can learn and develop as children.
How do you tailor your service to meet the needs of families in your community?
As stated before we know that every child is an individual and with this every family has their own set of requirements about what they need from their child care provider, we are here to make sure these are being met. We believe partnerships with families is not only important for the well-being of the child, but also the families and us as educators. We want our families to feel comfortable and involved in their child’s time while at the centre. We all know our families and believe it is important to establish positive relationships with them.
In one sentence – what is it like to spend a day in the shoes of a leader in the Early Childhood Profession?
It’s like being an octopus. Lots of arms carrying different things, however it is very inspiring and fulfilling.
What is the funniest thing (or best thing) a child has ever said to you?
There has been so many things throughout the years that we can all remember and often have a conversation of those children who have passed through the doors (many of them teenagers now). However it’s not usually what a child says in particular it is more about their personality or how they look at you that is memorable. For example when a child knows what they are saying (and it doesn’t come across as you know they want it to) they give you that look as if to say “you know what I mean” or when a child ask you a question you know is way beyond their years. These are the things we remember.