Janine is the Assistant Manager and Educational Leader at Choklits Child Care in Ringwood. She holds a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and is working towards her Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching. Janine has worked in Early Learning for over 9 years!
Over to Janine…
I love working in early education and care because I am able to witness the amazing development of the children in my care. The early years are such an important time in a child’s life and these years certainly form the foundation for the future. I feel blessed that I can experience the wonder and joy as children experience so many firsts. My own philosophy aligns so well with the Choklits Philosophy with the phrases “learning is everywhere”, “learning from everyone” and “spark the fire” really resonating with me. Working in this industry enables me to facilitate and ignite a love of learning through the provision of a range of learning experiences and activities which I love researching, creating and then, watching as the children are excited and become absorbed in hands on learning. I am very passionate about providing warm and welcoming environments 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. This is equally important for families who entrust us with their precious children.
My career in early education and care 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. Since then, I have worked as a Nursery Room Leader, a Pre-Toddler Room Leader and a Pre-Toddler / Toddler Room Leader. During this time, my desire to expand my knowledge of the early years led me to return to study and I am currently working towards my Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching.
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, 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, I have passed my Grade 4 AMEB exam and when time permits, I will prepare for Grade 5. In a past life, I was a Fitness Instructor so I do like to keep active and exercise when and where I can.
Over the years, I have experienced so many wonderful moments, it’s actually quite difficult to choose just one but it does make my heart melt when the children in my care say “I love you, Janine” and one of the things that I love the most is when children reach out and wrap their hand around mine, just wanting to be with me. Some favourite things that have been said – “Janine, you are so creative, you’re the best and I love you” followed by a great big bear hug! and “I want you!”
We recorded this video a while back when Janine was the Toddler Room Leader at Choklits.