Our People

Our people

We see our centre as part of a broader learning community in which each child lives and grows. We work hand in hand with parents, guardians, families and the broader community to create a great learning environment. Our experienced educators respect and value your child for their uniqueness, providing individual experiences to suit their needs, interests and personality.

Meet Our Centre Management Team

Julie Brown, Centre Manager

Years in childcare: 13

Qualifications: Diploma of Children's services, Bachelor of Teaching Birth to Five years, First aid qualifications and counselling qualifications.

What makes you passionate about working in childcare? I have always had a passion for working with the early years and have a strong desire to make a genuine difference in the lives of the little people within my care. I love that everyday is entirely different, challenging and rewarding and I love that I get to be creative and have fun each day.

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? I've always loved planning excursions and fun events. I've taken children all over Sydney on exciting excursions but one of my most memorable moments was taking 30 of our preschool children last year to a beautiful local Italian restaurant for a gourmet cooking class were they created their own pizzas from scratch. It was memorizing watching the children engage in such a unique and special experience. I also love recalling the time that I arranged for my aunt who is in a wheel chair to come in a chat to the children about inclusion. She boldly asked the group of preschoolers "What is different about me?" to which a child piped up and responded "you're not wearing any make up!".

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? Little Gems is truly a special place. We have the most magical yard with real grass, tress and animals for the children to care for. We have been really creative in the design of our place spaces and you will find plenty of handmade resources and fixtures that you wont see anywhere else. We have gorgeous big classrooms, small class sizes and a strong sense of community. But most importantly we have an incredible team, Our educators are passionate, dedicated and experienced. They go out of their way to make sure every individual child has a memorable experience at Little Gems. They plan exceptional programs and experiences and they take the time to develop strong and trusted relationships with all our children and their families.

 

Charmaine Johnson, Acting Centre Manager

Years in childcare: 11 years

Qualifications: Diploma of Children’s Services. First aid qualifications and studying Bachelor of Teaching Birth to Five Years.

What makes you passionate about working in childcare? Being a part of the early years development for young children and supporting their milestones through daily experiences.

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? I love the spontaneous interactions we have and creating those special, trusting bonds you share with the children. Learning about each child’s culture from their perspective, gives you a special inside knowledge of their history and leads you to learn new things every day.

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? We have a team of dedicated educators that genuinely have a passion for teaching. With some beautifully designed play spaces, our educators just like our children love to explore our environment and learn every day.