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Teresa has been part of the St Anthony’s Family Care team for over 15 years working in the field of early childhood education and care.
During her time with the organisation Teresa has held a number of positions including Team Leader, Early Learning Centre Director and in 2013 took on her current role of Manager – Early Learning Services.
Teresa’s passion for supporting children of all abilities to be part of a quality Early Childhood Education and Care program is a constant source of motivation, as is helping families to access programs that are able to meet their range of needs.
Now as part of the senior management team, Teresa provides input into the overall strategic direction of the organisation to ensure children and families receive the highest quality services and appropriate care.
Teresa’s qualifications include a Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services) and Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 Years). She is a member of both Community Early Learning Australia and Early Childhood Intervention Coordination Program.
We asked Teresa to tell us a little bit more about herself.
Role at Figtree: Manager, Early Learning Services
Favourite quote: "worry is interest paid in advance for a debt you may never owe"
What do you do at St Anthony's Family Care? I am the Manager of Early Learning Services at St Anthony’s and help to ensure Figtree Early Learning Centre is a positive place for our children, families and the wider community.
What do you like about working at Figtree Early Learning Centre? Watching children grow and develop is the best part of my job, but I also really enjoy getting to know our families and working in collaboration with the team to improve and develop our programs.
What’s your background and where did you grow up? My family is originally from Italy but I’ve always lived in the Inner West and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.
What are the values that drive you? Working at St Anthony’s gives me lots of opportunities to be part of the community. This is a great source of motivation for me.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I love to travel. Experiencing different cultures and meeting new people.
My name is Sara Swann and I am delighted to introduce myself as the Educational Leader at Figtree Early Learning Centre.
The opportunity to work in partnership with families, our team of educators and the wider community to develop educational programs for our children is a source of great motivation for me. At Figtree Early Learning Centre we strive to create and maintain positive relationships and I look forward to the welcoming more children and their families to our wonderful community based service.
We asked Sara to tell us a little bit more about herself.
Role at Figtree: Educational Leader, Early Learning Services
Favourite book: My favourite book is ‘The Power of Now’ by Eckhart Tolle
What do you do at Figtree Early Learning Centre? Collaborate with and support fellow educators and provide curriculum direction and guidance
What do you like about working at Figtree Early Learning Centre? I like being part of an organisation with such an inspiring and positive mindset
What’s your background and where did you grow up? My parents are British. I grew up in Bellingen, NSW
What are the values that drive you? The values that drive me are kindness, compassion, honesty, and creativity
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Yoga, beach and bushwalks
My name is Rachel and I am the Preschool Team Leader at Figtree Early Learning Centre. My role here at Figtree enables me to create valuable and meaningful programs for our preschool aged children which is something that I am really passionate about!
We asked Rachel to tell us a little bit more about herself.
Role at Figtree: Preschool Team Leader
Favourite book: How do you live? Genzaburo Yoshino
Favourite Podcast: Cortex
Favourite Album: The Platters Golden Hits
Favourite Quote: "Audentis Fortuna invat." – Virgil
What do you do at Figtree Early Learning Centre? I plan and create stimulating and meaningful programs for the preschool children and support positive and warm relationships with families and children.
What do you like about working at Figtree Early Learning Centre? Working at Figtree Croydon has given me the opportunity to work alongside an amazing and supportive team as well as really lovely families.
What’s your background and where did you grow up? Cantonese background and I grew up in the Inner West!
What are the values that drive you? The values that drive me are compassion, patience and love.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? Knitting and gardening.
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My name is Eva, and I am an educator in the Bambini (0-2's) room at Figtree Early Learning Centre.
I love being able to nurture, care for and support the babies each day. Watching them grow, develop, and achieve various milestones gives me so much joy!
We asked Eva to tell us a little bit more about herself.
Role at Figtree: Bambini Educator (0-2’s room)
Favourite Music: I absolutely love South Sudanese Music; these songs are a favourite:
What do you do at Figtree Early Learning Centre? I look after children, in the Bambini 0-2’s room. My day includes talking and singing with the children, developing routines for them, helping them learn to crawl, then walk, and helping them grow socially with our daily group play time with the other children.
What do you like about working at Figtree Early Learning Centre? Looking after children is my passion, and I love the values and great atmosphere at Figtree.
What’s your background and where did you grow up? My background is South Sudanese, and I grew up in North Sudan.
What are the values that drive you? The values that drive me are compassion, kindness, loyalty and being respectful.
What do you enjoy doing when you are not working? I absolutely enjoy hanging out with my friends when I am not working.