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.

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Nominated Supervisor – Becky

Hi. My name is Becky

I am currently Diploma trained and certified in Child Psychology.

I have been working in the childcare profession for 13 years. During this time I have
educated all ages of children ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years, primarily with the babies and toddlers.

I believe each child is an individual with different interests and needs and as such I pride myself on meeting their needs and developing their interests.
I am extremely passionate about implementing my own interests, such as the Japanese culture and cooking, into the daily program.

I look forward to building a relationship with each child, families and staff members in the centre, and endeavour to do my best in this position.

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Educational Leader – Natasha

I am very pleased to be taking on the role of Early Childhood Teacher and Educational Leader at Surfside Kidz. I have been working with children for twenty years in a variety of contexts and believe I have much to offer Surfside Kidz.
My approach to education is based on environmental values. I believe protecting and respecting our environment is the only way forward in our world today. I also believe in creating an atmosphere of learning which is happy, positive and thoughtful.

Early childhood is a time of play based learning. I enjoy documenting children’s learning and look forward to getting to know each Child that I care for.