"Every journey needs a first step!"
Our belief at First Steps PreKindy is that all children are capable, competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative and inquisitive people. First Steps PreKindy provides a richly stimulating, innovative and caring environment which fosters a child's natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge. The environment and program draws from the very best early childhood teaching theories and practices from around the world with emphasis on the Early Years Learning Framework and the Reggio Emilia approach. It offers a purposeful experience that establishes in each child a love of learning and a strong sense of self. We believe children learn best through interaction with others, including parents, staff and peers in a friendly learning environment. We encourage children to learn about themselves and the world around them through investigation and discovery.
We act as an extension of home and provide an environment where children feel loved, accepted and secure. We also ensure children are encouraged to achieve their best socially, emotionally and academically. We have a moral and social obligation to the children, their families and the greater community. We do this by providing the children with a core foundation that will support them through life to become active members of the community.
At First Steps PreKindy our objective is simple - We want children to remember us fondly, as the people who helped them to keep their “childhood” fun, carefree and full of wonder for as long as possible, whilst preparing them to be positive active members of our society. We want to assist them in their first steps towards life long learning.
Meet our team
All sessions are staffed by the qualified Early Childhood Educators
All staff hold current National Police clearances and Working With Children checks.
All staff hold current First Aid certificates.
All staff are required to attend regular Professional Development training.
Mrs Claire Wylie
Claire Wylie is the Director of First Steps PreKindy. She has over 20 years experience teaching in the early childhood sector within a primary school setting and over the last decade in the Pre-Kindy environment. Her Masters in Education (Early Childhood) degree has assisted with her knowledge and practice in implementing best-practice Early Childhood learning opportunities for the children she caters for. Claire has also been a board member of Early Childhood Australia and will always advocate the rights of the child. As a mother herself, Claire knows first-hand the importance of the lasting effects that positive experiences in the Early Years can have on all children’s development and how important it is to create a safe and secure environment where children can play, laugh and learn.
Miss Briony Rhodes
Miss Briony Rhodes is the Nominated Supervisor of First Steps Pre-Kindy and Lead Educator. Her passion towards creating a fun and supportive environment where children learn through laughter is one of the many reasons why the children of First Steps PreKindy thrive. Briony loves making teaching fun, creative and engaging and she does this through a variety of multi-sensory activities both in the classroom and in the outside learning area.
Miss Crystal Glossop & Miss Sarah Wilkinson
Miss Crystal and Miss Sarah are our support educators of First Steps. Miss Crystal has started her degree in Early Childhood and has worked in the Early Years for over 15 years. Miss Crystal has a wealth of experience in the Early Childhood sector and she recognises the importance that play plays in the Early Years and is passionate about giving children the best start in life.
Miss Sarah has completed her certificate in children services and understands how each child is unique with their own ways of learning. She always encourages the children to have a "I can" attitude and really develops their independent skills while fostering a loving and supportive envionment