Staff Spotlight: Joey’s Room Leader and Educator – Edel
Meet Edel, she is the Joey’s Room Leader and Educator.
Tell us about your career background?
I qualified with a Bachelors of Arts (hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education in early 2013, in Ireland. I started to work in a community preschool where I gained a lot of experience with children of all ages of early childhood and different socioeconomic backgrounds. After two years, I began a supervisor role at a preschool run by a public school. I had to develop a school readiness program and prepare my children for the school setting. Finally, I decided to make the move to Australia where I needed to adapt to the different childcare environment here, I worked casually for two months and then applied for the job here at Bronte Kids preschool.
What do you love about your role?
I really enjoy working with this age group as you can see them develop and grow on a daily basis. They find wonder and excitement in everything and it is my job to provide these experiences. Every day there might be a new development, a new funny moment, a life changing story, or an unexpected challenge. I also believe that children are extremely honest so looking at life from their point of view is a nice way to get through the day.
Tell us about your room:
I am the Early Childhood Teacher in the Joeys room. We care for children from two years of age. We focus on preparing the children socially and emotionally for their future in education. With three educators in the room, we can spend a lot of time working with the children individually or in small groups to further their learning interests. We try to challenge the children in all aspects of their development on a daily basis. We like to explore literacy and numeracy, nature and sensory activities.
What makes Bronte Kids special?
I believe Bronte Kids Preschool has a great family feel. As an educator I get to know all the children in my care and their families very well, so much that they feel more like friends. This can be hard to find in childcare and it makes every achievement and progression that much more rewarding.
What do you like to do for fun?
I have always been a very active and sporting person. When I moved to Australia I joined many different clubs in football, soccer, and running all of which I am still playing now. I even tried to learn how to surf, this did not go as well. I love to relax ot the weekends and socialise with friends.