Sam – Centre Manager
Hi I’m Sam. I’m the Centre Manager for Altona Early Education Centre. I have a little girl Shelby, who at 2 years old, keeps me very busy and entertained! I come to Altona EEC with over 20 years experience in the Early Childhood Industry. Initially I enrolled in Uni as I had a passion to work in an industry that was rewarding as not only do you have the opportunity to care and educate for children, you have the pleasure in watching them grow and develop. Seeing them leave each day with a smile on their face is priceless. I have completed various courses over the years in Early Childhood, as well as Business and Human Resources. Most recently I was employed as an Operations Manager for a large company overseeing 10-14 Early Learning Centres. I am a hands on person and you will often find me in the children’s classrooms supporting and assisting the Educators in their role but also actively involved having fun with the children. I am very passionate about Sustainability and Community involvement. This you will see throughout our every day practices at Altona EEC. I look forward to meeting your child and your family and forming a great partnership with you and being a part of the journey of your child’s early years.
Nilamon – Kindergarten Teacher
Hi, my name is Nilamon, I was born in Laos and came to live in Australia in 2000. I am a mother of 2 children, a daughter aged 11, and a son, aged 4. I speak Laotian, Thai, Vietnamese and English and strongly advocate maintenance of the home language.
I am passionate about the importance of the early years and have been working in the early childhood field for 15 years. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Early Childhood Teaching (Monash University), a Diplomaof Children’s Services and a Certificate lV in Training.
My professional career has included various roles that have required me to provide a high standard of care and support including the development of culturally inclusive practices for children and families especially those from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds including children with additional needs or different abilities.
I have five year’s experience working at FKA Children’s Services co-ordinating the Bilingual program and working as a Children’s Services Consultant at FKA Children’s Services. My work experience in centres includes having planned, developed, implemented and documented programs incorporating various pedagogies to enhance learning from the ages of 3 months to 6 years for children of all abilities and diverse cultural backgrounds. I have also enjoyed organising community events and activities.
I am passionate about supporting the access and participation of children from vulnerable families in early childhood programs and the community to give them the best start and build capacity and resilience. I also passionate about providing a warm, protective space for all children, stimulated by creative play, storytelling,singing, baking, painting and foster enthusiasm, joy and wonder for life in an environment that fosters imagination. I always strive to encourage creativity, free-thinking and work in partnership with families.
I look forward to meeting you and your child and building a collaborative partnership with your family. Regards Nilamon