News & Advice
8 Aug 2019

Shining Star - Tracey Hodge

Introducing Tracey Hodge, Centre Manager at Aussie Kindies Early Learning Glen Innes, and one of our latest Shining Stars!

Tracey has been working in early childhood education since 2006 having taken the step into the industry after having her children two years prior. “When I started I set a goal for myself, to make sure all children felt they were special and valued,” she says.

Taking time for herself to develop her skills hasn’t always been easy though. “Studying with my husband working long hours and having very young children (two, three and four years old) was very challenging. My little girl would become upset when I started working and it made me question if I was doing the right thing."

A true inspiration, Tracey worked through this and has said seeing the bright smiles on little faces and encountering new challenges as she stepped up to centre manager has made her glad she kept at it.

Tracey loves teaching the children at her centre all about sustainable practices as part of the Lifelong Learning Centres Healthy World Program and says the gardening activities are some of the children’s favourite on the curriculum.

“Sustainability, growing your own fruit and vegetables and preparing children for ‘big school’ emotionally and socially are the most important current topics in early childhood education,” she says.

Tracey was nominated for her hard work bringing the Lifelong Learning Healthy Children Programs to life in her centre daily. 

“We use lifelong learning in our program through the meals that we provide, gardening activities, community involvement and participation. However, I absolutely love the fact the parents get involved as well to truly build a connected community,” she continues.

Thank you Tracey for bringing our values of ‘Going Above and Beyond’, ‘Delivering Outstanding Professionalism’ and ‘Living the Team Spirit’ to life!

To learn more about the amazing educators at your local Lifelong Learning Centre call 1800 CHILDCARE.

16 Aug 2019

Shining Star - Mellissa Coyle

Passionate about children from an early age, our latest shining star has worked her way up over the past nine years, in the one centre, to be the very best educator she can be. Say hello to Lead Educator and Educational Leader at Kurrawatha Avenue Early Learning Centre, Mellissa Coyle.

13 Aug 2019

Childcare ratings - what do they mean?

We often talk about centres ‘Meeting’ or ‘Exceeding’ when talking about National Quality Standards, but what does that actually mean? 

12 Aug 2019

Papilio Early Learning Barton flying high

Meeting a growing need for premiere childcare services in Canberra, Papilio Early Learning Barton is taking flight. The new Papilio Early Learning Barton centre is proud to join a growing of childcare centres in the ACT, including Papilio Early Learning Yarralumla and Papilio Early Learning Bruce.

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