Emma - Wantirna Centre Manager

 

Hello to everyone, my name is Emma and I am the Kindergarten Teacher at Wantirna. I have been in the early childhood education and care industry for twenty years and have been privileged to be working with Swinburne for the last five years as team leader in the toddler room and as a Centre Manager.

I was very excited to have completed my studies and after graduating last year, I wanted a chance to utilise what I had gained during this time and requested the possibility of stepping into a Kindergarten role.

I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to provide a learning environment which supports and facilitates a sense of autonomy and independence among the children who attend and I am very excited about the possibilities for learning that we will explore together.

I believe that children are innately natural learners and by providing them with the tools and support needed, they can achieve wonderful things.

Vygotsky, Erikson and Reggio all believed that children were capable and creative learners; their ideas and thoughts regarding children’s learning inspire me as a teacher and I hope that I can translate this inspiration into the children’s curriculum and learning environment.

‘You see a child play, and it is so close to seeing an artist paint, for in play a child says things without uttering a word. You can see how he solves his problems. You can also see what’s wrong. Young children, especially, have enormous creativity, and whatever’s in them rises to the surface in free play.’
Erik Erikson