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 raised in the same house my mum grew up in as a child in West Heidelberg, surrounded by a loving family. I started working at a young age, cleaning
and restocking shelves at pharmacies in Coburg and Brunswick. I went on to study for a Diploma in Community Services (Child Care). I have worked in
the early childhood industry for more than 20 years, 17 of those at MCCCC! My various roles at MCCCC have included Room Leader, Team Leader and Second
in Charge. Key aspects of my current role include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the service, Food Safety Supervisor and prepping for Assessment
and Rating. My family (husband Lee, daughters Cleo and Evelyn and step-children Damin and Maddison) live in a lovely town one hour north of Brunswick.
We love spending our spare time outdoors and working on our garden.
“My key focus as Operations Manager is overseeing the processes around our policies, audits and HR function. This includes managing the compliance side of the business for Policies and Procedures, Food Safety, OH&S, Inclusion Support and HR.
My role requires a thorough understanding of the Education and Care Services National Regulations and industrial guidelines. I also spend a lot of time ensuring we are meeting the requirements outlined in the National Quality Standards (NQS), which provides a national approach to the regulation, assessment and quality improvement of early childhood education in Australia.
All three MCCCC centres adhere to a comprehensive set of policies and procedures around governance, service management and administration, staffing, health and safety, programming and communication. I ensure that our policies are updated on a regular, scheduled basis, and that these updates are reflected in our Policies and Procedures manual.
I also liaise with external organisations such as council regarding building maintenance/outdoor spaces and community childcare regarding training that meets our service needs.
I work closely with Gill and the Centre Managers to ensure all staffing requirements are met, that we are continually improving and self-assessing our performance, and that our service vision is adhered to.”