Janine holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and is the Choklits Pre-Toddler Room Leader.
Over to Janine…
I have worked in Early Childhood Education and Care for almost 6 years now and it all started when I was volunteering at my own children’s kindergarten. I discovered an affinity with young children which led me to pursue a career change. I began my journey working in a small centre while I completed my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care and my first role involved working with children with additional needs. It was immediately obvious to me that building genuine, nurturing relationships is very important to support young children in their learning journey and I am very proud of the many wonderful relationships that I have developed with the children in my care and also their families.
Once I obtained my diploma, I was offered the opportunity to become the centre’s nursery room leader; an opportunity that I was delighted to take. I am very passionate about providing a warm and welcoming environment in which the children feel safe, secure and loved to enable them to develop their sense of identity, community and wellbeing and become confident and involved learners.
When I’m not at Choklits I love spending time with my family, my fiancé, our 3 children, and our dog. Some of our favourite things include camping, going for long walks along the beach and exploring our beautiful country. My mum is one of the most important people in my life and we spend a lot of time together at her beach house. I also love music and playing the piano, recently I passed my Grade 4 AMEB exam.
My heart melts when the children in my care say “I love you, Janine” but most recently I was told by one of my kinder friends, “Janine, you are so creative, you’re the best and I love you” followed by a great big bear hug!