Meet Emma our 2IC from World Square
I am an Early Childhood Teacher from Ireland. I studied my Childcare with Montessori FETAC level five for one year followed by my Bachelor of Arts Early Childhood Care and Education degree in Ireland for 4 years. I then worked as a preschool room leader for 3 and a half years at home in the West Coast of Ireland which I truly loved before deciding to spread my wings and moved to Sydney in February 2017 where I have been working with Active Kids since.
I am the eldest sibling of four and have a big close knit family from both my mum and dads sides which definitely stemmed my love and passion for caring and educating children.
I started working in Active Kids @ World Square in Feb 2017 as a casual educator getting experience in every room and soon becoming the Toddler room leader, Senior Butterfly Room leader, 3IC, 2IC and now most recently Acting Coordinator while our current coordinator is on maternity leave.
What I love the most about my job is coming in every day to happy smiling little faces. I love to see children progress from their first day in our service throughout the year. From recognising their name stones to writing their names unaided, to standing in front of their peers and doing their show and tell without being prompted to the children performing on their graduation day. Nothing makes you feel prouder as an educator. I feel I have very special relationships with all of our families and parents, this bond is very important as these parents are entrusting us with the care and education of their little learners.
Children are like little sponges and it is very important that we teach these little learning minds and provide learning opportunities and experiences for them. Every moment is a learning opportunity! I love to introduce new activities to the children and see how they learn through play and then to continue to extend on this learning for the children.
I am a very active person! If I am not at bootcamp, I am at Gaelic football training for my Young Irelands club here in Sydney (an Irish sport, similar to AFL only a sphere ball), doing the Bondi to Coogee walk or out and about exploring Sydney. I love adventures and have a big bucket list made while I am living at this side of the world that I am determined to tick off.
I have a massive interest in keeping fit and through this interest I began cycling for charity when I lived back in Ireland. Cycling the “The Clare 250 mile Cycle” twice. A 250-mile cycle that took place over two days for Cancer Care in my home county Clare in Ireland. I also did a lot of fundraising for different organisations from a young age such as “TLC4CF” an organisation which is very close to my heart which raises money for young people who suffer with the condition called cystic fibrosis. I volunteered for years in the young club in Kilnaboy where I had been a member growing up also and also my local camogie club, Corofin Comogie Club where I trained the under eight team. In 2020 I have a fundraiser in mind that is completely out of my comfort zone, Im sure my team and families will support me from AKG. Watch this space!
My biggest achievement to date is possibly living this far away from my family. It may sound silly but my family are so close and I am the only member of my immediate family living away from home at the minute. Also I am very proud of what I have achieved with work in Australia. I came over here for a few months for different experiences in a country half way across the world with a similar curriculum to the one in Ireland and now nearly three years later I am Acting Coordinator in an amazing service with wonderful educator in the middle of Sydney CBD.
What am I most passionate about….. that’s a tough one. Well I want happy children and happy parents in my service. I want good quality care and education. I want people to feel at home the minute they walk into my center. I want passionate staff that are so proud to say they work in Active Kids @ World Square because I definitely am!
One of my favourite childhood memories is going on our annual family holiday to Kilarney in County Kerry in Ireland. My mum and dad had said we could bring our bikes with us. My brother and sisters were super excited and I think we even packed a month early. Have great memories cycling around the National Park having picnics and great laughs with my family.