Deb is the Centre Director at Choklits Croydon and has been working in Early Childhood Education and Care for over 17 years. She holds a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education, Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Diploma of Nutrition and a Diploma of Personal Training.
Over to Deb…
I love working in Early Childhood Education and Care because I can drive continuous improvement to the profession. Children are the future and we need to ensure that they are supported and encouraged through all aspects of learning and development. I see children as being competent and capable so I believe in nurturing their social and emotional needs, layering additional learning alongside. I design programs to reflect their needs, interests, goals, strengths and ensure that I am contributing to their education and care. Children have the right to be recognised as subjects of civil, legal, individual and social rights; as both source and constructors of their own experience and thus active participants in the organisation of their identities, abilities and autonomy through relationships and interaction with their peers, with adults, with ideas, with objects and with the real and imaginary events of inter-communicating worlds. Being on top of the latest emerging research, I can ensure children are provided with quality environments conducive to learning with resources carefully selected, placed into environments purposefully to facilitate learning.
I have been privileged to teach and support many educators, children and families, assisting in taking individuals to their desired and deserved destinations. Through my career as an educator, a teacher and an executive service manager/director, I have been wondering what is one of my proudest moments. This profession is truly a marathon and we are continuously needing to update our knowledge and skills every moment. Within the classroom, questions, conversation etc, we try to directly/indirectly show the real scenario to the children, simultaneously we ensure that they don’t take it otherwise, rather they seek this as an opportunity to fill the gaps easily and happily. The task might seem to be easy, to be such a parabolic mirror, which shows the real picture but with all skewed possibilities of quick corrections, demands to have a steep bent in our persona without making it evident to the rest of the world it is one of difficulty and to do so takes great achievement. While we teachers and educators continue to do the pious job in a teach and learn mode, I take this opportunity to draw attention of people towards this, the most rewarding and satisfying career in Early Childhood Education and Care. In addition to this great achievement, I have been proud to assist families to gain allied health professional support when they need it. Raising children is difficult and I believe it takes a village to raise a child so we need to do our best in ensuring that we all support one another.
When I am not at Choklits I enjoy spending time with my beautiful family, my Siberian Huskies, my goat and my cat. I enjoy spending time playing piano, participating in pilates, reading and watching movies.
Children are full of curiosity and creativity, I used to keep a book and fill it with the stories, comments and conversations that the children were immersed in. One memory I have is when one of the educators brought in an ultrasound picture and a child asked, “why is it so dark in there? I think she needs a light!”