I am the Senior Centre Manager for Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten, Carrum Downs Early Learning Centre, Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten- Glen Iris and Samantha’s Childcare and Kindergarten- Camberwell. I have been in the Early Childhood Sector from the age of 17, and during my time have gained experience in many different roles, from room assistant to room leader, from second in charge to Centre Manager. Throughout my journey I have worked within all age groups and continue to extend my knowledge in the development of young children. As part of my leadership role, I believe both children and educators should be provided with a working/learning environment they feel safe and comfortable in. I support their individuality to be encouraged and respected and for their goals and aspirations both personal and professional be guided and mentored. I aim to create an environment where everyone can meet their full potential and will provide opportunities for educators and children to share ideas, voice their opinions values and beliefs and take risks. I am passionate about the Early Years and believe that early education and intervention is the key to a child’s happy and healthy future.
Hayley, Senior Centre Manager
Cherilyn, 2IC and Educational Leader
My name is Cherilyn but I am known by the children as Cheri. I am currently the 2IC/ Educational Leader here at Bentleigh Childcare & Kindergarten and feel so privileged to be a part of this family.I have worked in the childcare industry for 10 years and have progressed and worked in many different roles such as Assistant educator, Room Leader, 2IC and Centre Manager. I have had the pleasure of working in different Centres over the years and feel blessed to have been able to learn and gain knowledge from some amazing educators who have helped shape the educator that I am today. I truly believe that each child should be seen as their own individual and be given the chance to express themselves and learn in their own way. I am a huge advocate for creative expression and allowing children to develop on their own learning through open-ended choices, but also guiding them when they are in need. I look forward to getting to know you and your child/ren and assisting the educators to ensure that we as a Centre are providing the best quality program and care for your child’s development and growth.
I began my career in early childhood straight after high school in 2013, in the same year, I completed my Diploma of Early Childhood and have worked through the various age group, from running a three-year-old kinder to working with the babies in the Nursery room. I joined Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten over a year ago and have been loving every second of it. I believe that the children need to feel safe and secure in their daily environment, because of this I strive to have a positive and meaningful relationship with the children, so they are then able to thrive within their learning environments. As when children are thriving they become strong, independent and confident learners. I look forward to getting to know your family and be a part of your child’s learning journey.
Eva, Nursery Educator
I am Diploma qualified and have been working in Early Education for 17 years, with 10 of those years spent here at Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten. I thoroughly enjoy working with children, as I am able to watch them grow from babies to school ages and assist them with their development and learning, while gaining their independence. I have gained valuable knowledge over the years working with all my colleagues and I look forward to seeing the continuous growth of our Centre.
Madison, Toddler Room Leader
I have been in Early Childcare for 6 years in which I have been with Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten. I am Diploma quaified and am currently studying my Bachelor in Early Childhood and Education. I have always had a passion for teaching children and have loved supporting them grow, develop and learn. As an Early Childhood Educator, I believe that learning through play is essential to children making new discoveries and developing a love for knowledge.
Helen, Toddler Educator
I have been in Early Childhood for 9 years in which I have been with Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten. I hold a Certificate III in Children’s Services and am currently studying my Diploma in Early Childhood Education. I have always had a passion for teaching young children while encouraging healthy habits such as nutrition and fitness. As an Early childhood Educator, I strongly believe that taking care of children with compassion and love is the most important thing of all.
Abbi, Toddler Educator
Bio coming soon.
Kat, 3-year-old Early Childhood Teacher (ECT)
I have been working in the Early Childhood Education Sector for approximately 15 years. My parents have always told me that they knew from a young age that I would end up working with children. I began my career at the age of 16 when I began working in an out of school hours care service. I completed my Certificate III in 2002 from Chisholm Institute of TAFE in the year following secondary school. I then studied a Diploma of Early Childhood, completing this in 2005. After working in the field for many years I chose to endeavor on the path of furthering my career and have since completed a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education in 2019. I strongly believe in a play-based approach to learning, as I feel that this is when children are more likely to absorb information. As an educator, my goal is to provide children with a rich environment where they feel safe to explore, imitate learning, and feel free to express themselves. I believe that children are more likely to thrive in an environment with activities and experiences that allow them to wonder, ask, think, explore and discover their world. In my spare time, I like to go camping as well as spending time with my family. I also love random road trips to country towns where I can explore the antique and gift stores. I am an Aunty to two amazing and very cheeky boys who I like to take on adventures whenever I can.
Tara, 3-year-old Kinder Educator
I have been working in Early Childhood for approximately 3 years, all of which I have worked at Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten. I currently hold my Certificate III in Children’s Services and am working towards my Diploma of Early Childhood Education. I strongly believe in learning through play and that the children gain more knowledge through exploring an environment where they are able to extend on their own ideas and create their own learning. As an educator, my goal is to create an inviting space where the children feel safe, secure and welcomed. In my spare time, I like to visit my horses and spend most of my free time looking and caring for them. I also enjoy time with my friends and family as I am very family orientated.
Nancy, 4-year-old Early Childhood Teacher (ECT)
I am the 4-year-old Kinder Teacher at Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten. I have been at Bentleigh for 6 years and have been working in childcare for 12 years. I have a lot of knowledge and experience in my field and love to challenge myself every year, attending new professional developmental days to extend my knowledge. I am passionate about my job and I believe in challenging children and teaching children the abilities to develop curiosity in their play, in a diverse environment with lots of natural play spaces, free choice spaces to be able to grow and extend children’s learning through their interests. This encourages intrinsic motivation and stimulates a love of passion to learn through their play. My decision to work in this sector came about after completing Year 11 Community Service at a Childcare Centre. I was involved in an afterschool program in Dandenong while completing Year 12 exams. I then completed my Certificate III in Children’s Services and continued onto my Diploma. I took 2 years off from studying and lead a room at a Centre in Sandringham. After 2 years working there, I felt I needed a new challenge, so I decided to study for my Bachelor of Early Childhood. 6 years later I found a new adventure in kinder teaching at Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten and have been here for 6 years.
Vanessa, Kinder Educator
I am a married mother of two beautiful children. My background is as an experienced Performing Arts Instructor, working through various Childcare Centres across Melbourne, before becoming a Diploma Qualified Educator. I have been working at Bentleigh Childcare and Kindergarten since 2016 and have experience across all 5 rooms. I love nothing more than nurturing the Babies and Toddlers in their early development, through to being a Kindergarten Assistant helping prepare young ones for their school years and defining their independence. I believe in creating strong bonds with all the children, whilst providing quality teaching with qualitative learning, in a nurturing fun environment.
Ami, Support Educator
I have held my Certificate III for the past 7 years and am now working towards gaining my Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. I have always had a passion for working with children since I was young and never dreamed of being anything else. It is my belief that each and every child is unique within themselves and with love, guidance and support will flourish within their environment. I am a strong believer in messy play and allowing children to express themselves with their own creativity.
Veena, Centre Cook
I have been in Australia since 2008. Back in my home country, I was a teacher but once moving to Australia I started my career in hospitality and have now had 10 years’ experience in cooking.
Other than teaching, cooking is also my passion and I enjoy providing and keeping connected with the community and children. I love to research and learn more about nutritional foods and provide these recipes and ideas to the children and elders at my Aged Care job that I do also.
I believe “ Healthy Minds lives in Healthy Body”.