It was that time of year again when an enthusiastic group of MCCCC educators participated in Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the G. Sleep at the G is now in its seventh year and raises much needed funds for Melbourne City Mission, who support more than 5,000 people experiencing homelessness a week. This year, Melbourne City Mission was also hoping to raise funds to support their newly opened crisis accommodation centre for at-risk young people, Frontyard.
I was born in Melbourne but grew up in Hobart. I have three children, four beautiful grandsons and (finally!) one precious granddaughter. With family roots firmly planted in Footscray, we are all passionate Western Bulldogs supporters! When I left school I worked at the Reserve Bank in Hobart and Perth, before I accepted a role back in Tasmania as a tour guide at the historic site of Port Arthur. My husband’s family ran a local store on the Tasman Peninsula for many, many years, and we still go there for family holidays. I spent some time working for a friend’s catering company and we had lots of fun catering for weddings and birthdays. I began my career in early childhood when my youngest went off to school—and that was 25 years ago! After a few years, I was managing a family day care scheme and outside school hours’ care for the local council. In 2002, I joined Stonnington Council in Malvern and managed the early childhood unit (four centres) and family day care. In 2009, I left local government and began my community sector experience at MCCCC.
“My primary function as Director is to manage the operational component of the organisation. I also assist the Committee of Management (CoM) develop the strategic direction of the MCCCC and ensure it is implemented through our service delivery. Our organisation is forever changing and one of my key responsibilities is to ensure that we continue to be a best-practice provider of early childhood education.
We are always working on the next big goal; further development of the French language program we implemented in early 2019 is just one example. Also
important is the emphasis we place on staff professional development. We’re not too modest to admit that we’re quite unique in this way. Key to
this is Ali Teece’s role as Pedagogical Leader, a mentor for our Education Leaders; it just doesn’t exist in most other services. We recognise
that good outcomes for children can only happen when staff are informed and supported.
The common thread through our service is ‘promoting a culture of learning’. This applies to the educator’s themselves, for example, our emphasis on professional development; delivery of sessions at various conferences and forums; external networking to ensure we are aware of best practice within the industry; our relationship with the Victorian Chamber (to provide a professional lens as opposed to strictly an early childhood perspective); tapping into the expertise of our parent community etc.
All of this filters directly down to the environment we create for the children and over-arching that is the driver of continuous improvement—hence our Exceeding Rating in successive assessments.”