Park Street endeavors to provide the highest quality care for children and firmly believes that the quality of its staff is the foundation for achieving this standard. We are committed to supporting staff to do the best possible job by providing staff at above the ratio required by regulations. We believe that higher staff ratios allow staff to spend more time with each child and to tailor programs to individual needs. Higher ratios also enable the children to form warm and caring relationships with peers and teachers, giving the staff the capacity to engage with the children in a more responsive way. It also contributes to the homely feeling of Park Street.

KatrinaKatrina

(Centre Director)

I have been working in the early childhood field for over 15 years and have been at Park Street since January 2000. When I started at Park Street I knew it was a special place hence why I am still here, it really is my “home away from home”. I believe in providing an early learning centre that nurtures the child’s development and education in an environment that matches the warmth and care of the home. During my times not at Park Street I am a session teacher at Swinburne University teaching Early Childhood studies, where I get share my skills, knowledge and passion to the future industry staff.

SimoneSimone

(Qualified Educator)

I have been a member of the Park Street family since 2005 and feel extremely fortunate to be a part of this wonderful Co-operative. I began as the qualified assistant in the Kinder room in 2005 and completed my diploma of Children’s Services part time and became a qualified early childhood professional in 2007. I strongly believe in nurturing, supporting and respecting each child as an individual and truly appreciate the role I play in each child’s and family’s life here at Park Street.

BrookeBrooke

(Kindergarten Teacher)

I am the kindergarten teacher at Park Street. I started here in 2009 and have thoroughly enjoyed being a part of the team. I have been teaching since 2005 and relish the daily challenges and opportunities that working with children can provide. I have a background in music and the arts and incorporate these skills and ideas into my teaching. My programming is based on a play-based emergent curriculum, where the children’s involvement in shaping their learning environment is vital.

GeorgeGeorgina

(Qualified Educator)

I have been working at Park Street since July 2010. I have been very lucky to have found a place like Park Street as I have changed careers from beauty therapy and moved into child care. Every day is a different day and I’m very excited to see what this year will bring.

JessJessica

(Qualified Educator)

I prefer to be called Jess. I joined Park St in 2007. I was very fortunate to find Park St straight after I had finished my diploma. I hope one day to further my studies by completing a bachelor of early childhood education as it is my goal to become a kindergarten teacher.

Pauline

(Qualified Educator)

I commenced working at Park St in 2005 as the assistant director working in all areas of the centre and left to travel/live in Germany in 2009. While in Germany I took on a role as an English Teacher in a German Kindergarten. I have had extensive experience working in various children’s services over the last 16 years. At the end of 2011 I returned to Australia and was happy to find out that I was able to return to Park St as a Qualified Teacher.

Mang

(Qualified Educator)

I have certificate Diploma in Children’s Services. I love working with children and find every day rewarding. Seeing the children grow and develop is truly special.

 

KerrynKerryn

(Qualified Educator)

Park St has become my 2nd home over the past years. And it has been a wonderfully supportive and inspiring workplace. I am qualified in both early childhood education and Disability, but Park St has reinvigorated my passion for the field of early childhood education.

Felicity

(Qualified Kindergarten Teacher)

I commenced working at Park Street in February 2012. I started my career in Early Childhood in 2009. I am passionate about Early Childhood education and strive to provide exiting learning opportunities for young children. I have worked with the babies, kinders and pre-kinders.

Ashley

(Qualified Educator)

I have been working in early childhood for the past five years and began working full time at Park Street during 2014 in the Pre-Kinder room. I’m originally from New Zealand and feel very grateful to have discovered a “home away from home” when I found Park Street. I believe in creating a nurturing and interest driven environment that provides opportunities for children to learn and develop.

Greta

(Qualified Educator)

I started working at Park St in 2014 following a student placement. Originally from the USA, I have a degree in Speech-Language Pathology, and my Certificate III of Early Childhood Education and Care. I am very happy to have been welcomed into this great centre as my “Home Away from Home”. My hope for the future is to further my education with my Diploma and/or Masters Degree.

Kelly

(Qualified Educator)

I started at Park St in 2014 and worked as the RDO Cover person in my first year before working in the Babies room last year and this year. I absolutely love working with the babies and find seeing their growth and development from the start of the year to the end, extremely rewarding. It’s been great to work in a centre where its enjoyable to come to work and most of all have fun.

Kati

(Qualified Educator)

I have recently completed my Certificate 3 in Childcare and have been working at Park Street as a casual for the past 2 years. By background is German.

Before coming to Australia I have worked as a Nanny for 6 years in England. I have 2 children who are now at school who have been lucky to attend Park Street and still enjoy their visits.  I love working with children of all ages and all the challenges that come with it.  Park Street really is a home away from home and I am very lucky to be part of it.

Santina

(Qualified Educator)

I have been at Park street since 2004. I have a certificate 3 in Early Childhood Development. I have worked in the Pre-kinder room and the Toddlers room and currently cover planning and breaks across the centre. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Work, but Early Childhood Education is where my heart is.

Brenda

(Qualified Educator)

I’m a mum of 2 primary aged children, a daughter 11 and son 9. I am currently working towards my diploma, which I have almost completed and will be very excited once completed. Prior to study I worked in customer service for 18 years. In 2016 I was very lucky to have found Park Street where I completed my student placement and am very grateful to everyone for believing in me and allowing me to work with their children. This year I am job sharing with Jen in the toddlers room working Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.

Ashley

(Qualified Educator)

I’m new to Park Street this year and have loved every minute since I started. I have been an early childhood educator for six years starting with my certificate 3 when I was 16 years old. From a young age I knew I wanted a career in early education. After working in the field for 4 years I decided to further my education and in 2015 became a diploma qualified educator.  I am working in the Toddler room with Jen and Brenda and am looking forward to making Park Street “my home away from home”

 

Jennifer

(Qualified Educator)

I’m a proud mother of a beautiful 6 year old that is the light of my life and keeps me on my toes –don’t they all?! I have my Diploma in Early Childhood Education where I studied at Swinburne University. I find working with children a delight and I love interacting with them and teaching them about the world. I am looking forward to the year ahead, getting to know the families and all the little personalities in the toddler room. I work in the toddler room Monday & Friday.

Penny

(Qualified Educator)

I have been working at Park Street for six months. I have worked in the early education field for seven years and spent four years working in Italy as a nanny and English teacher. At home I live with my fiancé in Brunswick and enjoy singing and doing yoga in my spare time. I work as a full time educator in the Pre-Kinder room and am currently working towards completing my Diploma of Early childhood education. I am excited to be working in the Pre Kinder room and look forward to working with you and your children.

Dolly

(Chef)

I joined the Park St team in October 2011 and am currently the full time chef. I am originally from Thailand so enjoy creating tasty Thai food along with other delights for the children.

Bella

(Chef)

I started working at Park St in 1989, so given the years that I have been at Park St you can see I love my job and Park Street really is my “home away from home”. I have cooked for many generations and have had the pleasure of seeing all our wonderful children grow up and take the next big adventure to school. I love cooking for the children and staff and always look forward to all the smiling faces at lunch time.

 

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