kathy-and-sophia-editedManager Curriculum and staff development – Kathy Patrick

Kathy Patrick has been working in the Early Education profession since 1998, after completing her Bachelor of teaching – the same year she became a mum. Since then she has worked as a Teacher, Casual Teacher and as a Director in a variety of Long Day Care Settings.

Kathy has been heavily involved as an advocate for children, families and the Early Education Sector in a variety of ways. She was part of the original development of the Transition to School Project with ICS and Wollongong City Council. Kathy was also involved in the push for 1:4 ratios for children under two. This was implemented through the new curriculum framework document that came out in 2012. She is currently involved with the “Quality Matters” campaign as the electoral convenor for Cunningham. This campaign is designed to increase recognition of the importance of Early Education in regards to children, families and the community, as well as professional recognition for educators in Early Learning sector. Kathy is also a Joey Scout Leader at her local Scout Group.

In 2009 she came to Boombalee Kidz to work as a teacher in the Pre-School Room. Kathy now works as the Manager of Curriculum and Staff Development. Researching different practices, ideas, theories, resources, training, conferences, in-services, and providing this information to the centres for them to incorporate into their curriculum. Her role involves visiting the centres regularly , participating in the day and then going back to her office to find the best ways to support the educators to provide a great curriculum. Kathy has recently completed her Certificate IV in Training and Assessment in order to provide greater training opportunities for the Educators working at all of our centres.

Next year Kathy is heading back to University to begin her Master of Education – Early Years.

 

Supervisor – Maisie Kaunicaramaki

Maisie has been working in early childhood education since the completion of her Diploma in 2001. Her interest in children’s learning prompted her to complete her Bachelor of Education in 2018. Maisie has three school aged children. She is passionate about quality care and the importance of children’s learning in the early years

 

kate pittst educational leaderEducational Leader – Kate

I have worked in early education for over 10 years and completed my Bachelor of Teaching (0-5 years) in 2013. I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Education and try to balance this with work and being at home with my own children. . I have experience as a teacher as well as a supervisor and am passionate about Early Education and the invaluable services we provide. The Early Years Learning Framework lays the foundations for my beliefs, focusing on promoting a sense of being, belonging and becoming and in my role I hope to inspire others to be the best educator they can be. My favourite part of my job is watching children’s faces as they master a skill and their confidence as they share the excitement.