Educating Team

Educators are active in their professional development and in reflecting on their teaching practices and pedagogy so as to provide experiences that make a difference to a child’s life at every moment.

Educating team

Educators are active in their professional development and in reflecting on their teaching practices and pedagogy so as to provide experiences that make a difference to a child’s life at every moment.

 

As educators, we are fortunate to be invited to work in childhoods, each and every day.


Bron Joslyn.jpgBron

  • Director
  • Teacher in 4 year old curriculum

For the past 24 years, I have worked in many roles across the early year’s sector; as an teacher, director, training manager, early years incursion facilitator and curriculum development manager; working in schools, for private companies, in the community sector and not-for-profit organisations.

I have over 12 years experience working as a Director in the early years where I have always seen this role as one shared between administrative regulatory duties and working in the learning environment with children, families and my colleagues. I am delighted that my role at Diamond Creek Memorial Kinder is such that I work hands-on with children as well as Director.

In addition to my role at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten, I am an Early Years Consultant and the Professional Development Coordinator at Environmental Education in Early Childhood Incorporated (EEEC).

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood)
  • Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services
  • Advanced Diploma of Management
  • Associate Diploma of Hospitality and Supervisory Studies
  • Diploma of Children’s Services
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE)
  • First Aid (level 2) inclusive of CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management

Dee Bell.jpgDee

  • Preschool teacher
  • Educational leader

I have been involved in the education and care of young children for the past 25 years. I commenced my career as a nanny of two children while studying to become a Mothercraft Nurse. I then spent many years working with babies, toddlers and their families in centre-based care services.

Then as an Out-of School Hours (OSH) care Coordinator for a before-school program, I was involved in the accreditation process for this service before it was formally introduced into OSH by Government.

After completing my Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Education, I worked as a Kindergarten teacher and Director of a Kindergarten where I implemented an emergent style of curriculum, focusing on children’s strengths, interests and development. I have worked within various early years settings as a Kindergarten Teacher and Educational Leader.

I then changed direction slightly to support and teach student educators in both accredited and non-accredited training. As well as a Kindergarten teacher, my most recent role is as an Early Year’s Consultant supporting and guiding professionals working with children from birth to eight years.

A mother of four, I often draw from my personal experiences when supporting families and educating and caring for children.

Qualifications:

  • Graduate Diploma of Early Childhood (Pre-school)
  • Advanced Diploma of Children’s Services (partial RPL)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Child Care)
  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAA)
  • First Aid (level 2) inclusive of CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management

Frances.jpgFrances

  • Co-Educator in 3 and 4 year old curriculum

I have been a committed educator at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten since May, 2002; working as a co-educator within both 3 and 4 year old curriculum. I have worked for many years in Early Childhood Education and this is a position I continue to thoroughly enjoy. 

My role at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten has been a very personal journey with three of my four children attending the kindergarten, beginning in 1995. Most recently my Grandson was also part of the Kinder family in 2014 before going off to school.

In 2010, I decided to study my Certificate III in Children’s Services. I found my placement experiences and knowledge gained enhanced what I believe I can offer to educators, children and the families that attend our kinder.

I have attended and continue to attend many professional development courses and opportunities after hours, including ‘supporting families through conflict and separation’ and ‘child protection’. I also attend many Diamond Eastern Kindergarten Teacher’s Associations (DEKTA) workshops and the annual conference. 

I am the current First Aid Officer for the service.

Because of my love of young children, I look forward to supporting my colleagues and family members and encouraging the children so they may experience the best environment in which to begin their education.

 

Qualifications:

  • Certificate III in Children’s Services
  • First Aid (level 2) inclusive of CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management

Jo

  • 3 year old TeacherJO (553x640).jpg

I began my career in early childhood education 28 years ago as a co-educator supporting two children with additional needs, where I realised my passion for supporting young children to learn and grow.

The following year I accepted the position of co-educator in a local preschool within the Shire of Nillumbik, where I worked for 16 years before deciding to undertake further study. Whilst working part time as the 3 year old teacher and co-educator supporting the 4yr old teacher, I completed my Diploma of Children’s Services and then my Bachelor of Teaching

In 2007, upon the retirement of the Director, I was offered the position of Director and teacher of the

3 & 4 year old curriculum, where I worked in partnership with colleagues to create a welcoming and inviting learning environment for the children and families attending the preschool.

I am a dedicated advocate for young children and best practice early childhood education, where children feel a sense of belonging, experience the warmth of friendship, learn about their peers and their world, recognise and respect similarities and differences, are encouraged to create without fear of failure, and where they develop a love of enquiry and discovery.

I am very happy to join the teaching team at Diamond Creek Memorial Kindergarten and look forward to becoming part of the kinder community.

                                                                                                                                                                 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Teaching (Birth to 5 yrs)
  • Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services)                                                    
  • First Aid (level 2) inclusive of CPR, Asthma and Anaphylaxis Management