Pauline Bailey – Centre Manager
I have been in the Child Care Industry since I was 17 years old and it is an industry that I still hold so much passion and advocacy for. I hold an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. Back in 1997 I commenced employment at Saint Stephen’s College Child Care Centre as a centre lunch relief group leader and it wasn’t long before I was promoted to Assistant Director. From 2003 to 2013 I proudly managed and operated Saint Stephen’s College Child Care Centre. During my 16+ years employment at the centre I became a respected professional within the College and the wider community. I lead my team through the National Quality Standard changes and enhanced the centre’s environments, both indoors and outdoors.
During my time as Centre Director, I employed many ‘fresh’ child care workers and I mentored them to become amazing, professional educators. It was during this time that I discovered my love and commitment to workplace training. From 2013 to 2019, I trained and assessed students/educators who worked in various child care centres and in various roles, to complete their studies. It was so rewarding to share my knowledge and experience with my students and see them blossom and grow as Educators. It takes a ‘special’ someone to be in child care and I am honoured to have met and mentored some pretty ‘special’ Educators.
The most important message that I give to my Educators/Students, is that we have the most powerful and important job of caring and educating for children in their first five years! We need to get it right! We need to show, (not teach) children how to be empathetic, caring and confident individuals. We need to provide opportunities and encourage children to take risks and persist with challenges. We need to understand that not all children are the same – give them opportunities to excel, even if it’s not ‘normal’ age appropriate development. Allow children to perfect a skill and support their achievements.
Let children know that it’s ok to feel every emotion, because as adults, we definitely do! Give children the ability and voice to have their own opinions and ideas. Allow children to accept and embrace other cultures and respect, support peers who may have an additional need.
Early Childhood is the time where Educators impact a little person’s life more than we sometimes realise. My Kindergarten Teacher inspired me all those years ago and all I wanted to be was just like her. She was pretty amazing and I hope that in my 26+ years in the industry that I have inspired some little person.
What do I love about Arden Early Learning?
- My first impression of Arden Early Learning was the instant homely feel and the calmness as you step foot through the front door. Laughter, music, singing and giggles were the sounds that filled my ears and I instantly knew that Arden is where I needed to be.
- The team have compassion, drive and pedagogical knowledge that they thrive to share. We want to connect with families and the community, to ensure that the children are being raised with an abundance of knowledge and skills.
- The children bounce through the door, eager to start their day and discover what is happening at kindy for the day. Friendships and bonds are formed and children feel safe and content and know that they are supported to make choices or try a challenge.
Come and say hi – meet the team and allow us the honour of joining your child’s early learning journey!