I believe that all children learn not in the same way and not on the same day. I also believe in strong partnerships between educators, families and the community to spearhead children’s education and development.
In my early childhood work that spanned more than 30 years, l was involved in the whole spectrum of teaching, curriculum development, operations, management and setups – this desire to have what is best for the children has kept me going. Growing leaders in the early childhood industry means getting everyone on board with the same passion and goals.
Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted to play a part in children’s education. There is nothing more fascinating than watching a child grow and learn- it is one of life’s most humbling experiences. I believe every child can embark on their own unique learning journey – one that affords them with the values, dispositions and knowledge. I advocate for children to grow as healthy and creative individuals, in a nurturing environment, where children from all backgrounds feel included and able to take part in enriching learning experiences, and where parents can feel confident about sending their children.
I believe very strongly that children are individually unique, with different abilities, origins and cultural backgrounds, all of which must be respected. A child should have a role model, someone who believes in the child and is ready to support his or her dreams – a position that the early educator is ideally placed to fill and help them reach their treasured aims and fulfil their hopes and aspirations.
Being an Early Childhood Practitioner for more than 30 years has been a rewarding experience, and to be able to see novice teachers whom I’ve groomed become leaders in the industry is the reward itself. To be an effective leader, it means l have to learn continuously. For me, learning opens my mind to different perspectives and allows me to challenge myself and set new goals for growth.
I am an active volunteer with a focus on the family as a facilitator for parenting courses. I play the role of a befriender and volunteer in the Life Care Society in teaching and training of teachers.