Jay Kasavaraj | Educator | Choklits Pre-Kindergarten Room

Jaya Kasavaraj

Educator

Jaya is an Educator in the Choklits Pre-Kindergarten Room, has been working in early education for 6 years, completed her Diploma in Early Childhood and Care in 2016 and will finish her Bachelor of Early Learning 2021.

Over to Jaya…

I believe that each child is competent. I always have high expectations for them and I ardently envision that with a nurturing relationship and consistent emotional support, we can support in developing their skills, responsibilities towards others and know the values of collaboration and teamwork thus preparing them for their school and future ahead. Having a different cultural background myself, I understand the significance of the various cultures and faiths of families and respect the differences. I truly believe that parents, as the first teachers of their children, should be one of the main contributors to my program. I trust with collaboration with families, I can engage in shared decision-making thereby helping each child to attain their highest potential.

My career in child care started after being a full time mum for my three children for almost thirteen years. Moving states within my birth country (India) and moving to Australia with our three children and a busy travelling husband, gave me opportunities to learn in my roles as chef, taxi driver, laundry attendant, teacher, linguist, nurse, cleaner and so on, in a new country with a diverse community. It was my husband, who adored my passion in the learning and development of our children, who encouraged me to study my diploma. I started my first day class in 2015, and there was no looking back from then. I completed my diploma in 2016 and have worked with all age groups in early childhood since 2015. As I explored my passion in this career, I wanted to enhance my knowledge. So, I decided to do my bachelor degree. I started my Bachelor of Early Learning in Aug 2018 and am set to complete it shortly. With great support from my husband and my children, and the learnings from my colleagues, families and children in my work experiences, I think this ambition of mine, when completed, will be my greatest achievement. The knowledge that my studies and work experiences have imbibed in me makes me confident to become a teacher and fulfil my wishes of playing a significant part in the learning journeys of children.

When I am not at Choklits, I enjoy going for walks with my husband and spending time with my three children. I love cooking my traditional food and also attempt some baking. Mostly nowadays, I help my adult son and my teen twins in their cooking and baking endeavours, as they have a great passion for cooking and trying new recipes in their leisure time. They also make some of my favourites, to name a few cheesecake, caramel slice, jams, chocolate pudding, pizza, gnocchi and pasta bake.

There have been many unique moments in my early childhood career. These include the time when a very quiet child once burst into laughter hearing my pronunciation of ‘cucumber’ (I did practise it the whole night to say it right the next day), the time when a group of more than 25 children gave a round of applause on the last group time session of my placement (without a prompt from any adult), and when children made a poster for me saying ‘We love you, Jaya’ with lots of stickers of their choice, when they realised that I was not present for the day due to sickness. These moments made me feel like an important part of their community.

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