Meet Kylie our centre coordinator at our Mascot Centre
I have worked in Early Childhood Education for 18 years in a variety of roles within the AKG organization. I started off at our Narwee centre in before and after school care, before becoming an assistant in the toddlers room while completing my certificate 111. I then moved to a lead educator role with the preschool group before taking on the coordinators role for our Narwee centre.
In 2006 I was offered the position of Coordinator at our Mascot centre.
The most rewarding part of working with AKG Mascot has been the children. Having the opportunity to form bonds with these children, seeing them grow and learn from our nursery to our preschool group. Mostly knowing that I have assisted and played a part in their early years. Each individual child brings something unique to our centre.
I also thoroughly enjoy creating new learning environments and experiences alongside the children to enhance their foundation of curiosity, exploring, investigating and learning. I am always looking for ideas to enhance our learning environments while adding the Mascot culture.
I hold my Diploma in early childhood and I am in my final year of completing my degree in Early Childhood at Avondale College.
At AKG we are regularly trained in first aid, CPR, asthma and anaphylactic training and Child protection. We are provided with the opportunity to attend many workshops and training sessions to increase our learning.
I have been very fortunate to have be given the opportunity to work in a number of roles at AKG to develop my professional learning. Prior to joining AKG I worked casually in a local take away shop and at the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter when it was known as Fox Studios while studying a certificate in travel.
Early Childhood was not the career path I thought of doing when I left school. However, after working casually with my sister at a centre I realised this was the career path for me. I was inspired by the way the children viewed the world and showed a love for learning as they investigated and made new discoveries through their play. Educators set the tone for a child’s positive learning attitude for life. Spending time with the children Inspired me to become an educator.
At AKG Mascot, our families play an important role within our centre. Having our families and children share their special weekend trips with us so that these can be extended in the service helps me strive to develop secure, respectful and reciprocal relationships and build partnerships based on the foundations of understanding each other.
The children and educators are always out and about in our local community either visiting the local park, attending story time at the library, watching the growing construction buildings in our local area or a trip to the local supermarket to buy supplies for a cooking experiences. I believe connections with the local community enhances learning opportunities and provides a sense of belonging.
AKG Mascot has been awarded the following:
2014 Outstanding centre
2015, Outstanding community involvement.
2017, Above and Beyond
I believe children should be given the opportunity to be curious, capable and knowledgeable learners. I believe in empowering each child so that they will make choices throughout their day and ensuring they have opportunity to grow. A learning environment should pose as the third educator, offering children open-ended experiences to explore their imaginations, creativity and to challenge their thinking as they explore, investigate and discover. Educators I believe should set the bar for a child’s positive learning outcome for future learning life experiences.
I love to read, if I could I would read all day. In my spare time you can always find me with a book or now my e-reader in hand as I have run out of room on the book shelf. I also love to travel and have been very fortunate to travel to a number of places, I especially like to travel where it is warm. Bail is always a popular trip each year.
I have many memories from my childhood. One favourite would be going on family holidays, one being a trip to America. Visiting Disneyland, the happiest place on earth, the rides, seeing the characters and just being there as a child. Stopping by Famous landmarks that I had only seen on TV and a day trip to Universal Studios were you get the chance to be in a scene from Back to the Future, time travelling into the future.