At Derby Street, we employ educators who are passionate about children and their rights, and who educate all children to reach their full potential. Many of our educators have more than ten years’ experience in the early childhood field. Regular training and attendance at early childhood education forums means all members of staff are performing at their optimum.
All our educators hold a qualification in early childhood:
- Bachelor of Early Childhood- 4 year university qualification (currently 2 are employed)
- Diploma of Community Services Childcare – 2 year TAFE qualification ( currently 14 are employed)
- Certificate III in Children Services (minimum required to work in early childhood) – 1 year TAFE qualification (currently 3 are employed with 1 studying to gain a Diploma)
The table below shows the staff members for each room.
It is the Centre’s aim to employ educators who hold a Bachelor or Diploma in Early Childhood. We encourage all our educators to reflect on current knowledge and practices and to continue to gain new knowledge.
We are privileged to have educators who are bilingual in Hindi, Greek, Italian, Bangli, Korean, Sinhalese, Tamila, Kurdish and Persian.
Some of our educators’ personal passions are: dancing, singing, music, creative arts, cooking, exploring the natural world.[table “1” not found /]
- Role: Management Committee
The volunteer Management Committee consists of up to Twelve parents of children enrolled at the Centre (or approved members of the community).
The Management Committee are responsible for maintaining a viable service; employing staff; policy development for the Centre; financial management; representing the interests of all the Centre’s users and working actively with the Director in implementing the National Quality Standards.
Of the Twelve members, there are five Executive Officers elected:
- Vice President
- Assistant Secretary
The Management Committee is committed to employing educators who are suitably qualified for their individual roles, motivated, passionate about children and their rights, caring and professional.
- Role: Centre Director
Louise has a Bachelor of Early Childhood and has worked at the Centre for the past thirteen years with nineteen years experience in the early childhood Field.
- Role: Assistant Director
Julie has a Diploma in Children Services (Child Care) and has been employed at the Centre for the past fifteen years, with twenty eight years experience in the early childhood field.
- Role: Cook
The Centre employs our own cook to cater for the children’s food requirements throughout the day. The Centre cook has Food Safety Level I and II qualifications. Her practices are audited twice a year by Moreland City Council and an independent auditor to make sure she is meeting standards set by HACCP [Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point]..