Mellissa Ware - Director
I have worked in a range of positions throughout my career, but there is nothing more satisfying to me; then that moment when a child looks at you with overwhelming joy as they achieve their goal and the happiness on their little faces is what it’s all about.
My philosophy is simple:
Remember when you were young and spent your days outdoors, where you had the freedom to wander and explore?
Children need the freedom to be able to make their own choices and our job as Educators is to help them foster this. I am a big believer in promoting children’s agency and developing those ever-important life skills.
We understand what parents and children want to see at their childcare. With a strong focus on real play, our unique approach finds the balance between education, care, play and wildwood.
Children have the right to make their own choices and decisions, they need to be able to explore their world through their eyes not ours, to ask as many questions as needed until they have the answer they are looking for, to have the confidence to express ideas and to learn from their mistakes.
As adults we tend to forget at times that children are capable of initiating their own learning and we are only there to support them along the way, remembering that we are in the children’s learning space, not the other way around.
The way the centre is designed will provide opportunities throughout the whole day where children will learn as they discover, create, improvise, test theories and imagine through all play spaces.
I look forward to what lies ahead and I hope you are too.
My name is Joann Beggs and I am the kindergarten teacher you will find at Kenmore Hills Early Learning. My passion is teaching and I have done this for over 20 years ranging from Kindergarten to year seven. I believe that early childhood is a celebration of learning and honour diversity that when valued and nurtured appropriately, fosters individuals that can positively contribute to their community and the greater society.
I value early childhood education as the foundation for lifelong learning. I work with parents, the children’s first teacher, to develop a program specifically for their child. I strive to provide holistic support of the child’s exclusive requirements and interests in a nurturing, familial environment that fosters the child’s development across all developmental domains.
My education includes Masters of Education, Bachelor of education with QUT, a diploma and certificate in children’s services. I have a vast wealth of knowledge about how children learn, child development and most importantly how to set up an engaging environment to engage the children and develop their interests.
Our educational programs are reflective of emergent curriculum from the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines. Through quality relationships with peers, parents and children in the overall attempt to pave the way for an exploratory understanding of themselves, the world around them and their place in it.
Our programs are completed and implemented daily. A portion of them is occupied by planned implications observed in individual children. This emergent curriculum is delivered through play which is a key to learning. There is substantial opportunity for the children to participate in spontaneous independent experiences as part of play based learning. It can help enrich learning and develop key skills such as inquiry, expression, experimentation and teamwork. With a focus on bringing back the wildness in early childhood, I am a firm believer that the all environments are valued education areas full of nature play. Natural areas promote child-directed free play that is imaginative, constructive, sensory rich and cooperative. Most of all it is fun.
Our respectful ties with schools and library and recognition of the traditional owners of the land, have been a catalyst in the development of our partnership with the local community more broadly, evoking a sense of belonging in the children and a growing awareness of their place in their community. Creating social capital through their own interactions and participations within their local community enables the children to be recognised and have value.