This Monday 2nd July we welcome Dorothy to our team. Dorothy comes to us as a Trainee Child Care Worker and will be working full time in the Butterflies Room under the tutelage of Sapphire, Melissa and Ariane whilst also completing her Certificate III in Children's Services. Being a mother, Dorothy has personal experience caring children but our formal environment is something new that we're sure she will adjust to quickly.
When you meet Dorothy you will notice her maturity, friendly smile, naturally warm nature and her relaxed way of being. We regard these qualities as being very 'Green Gables' and are confident you will too. Her personal philosophy regarding children's education is very much aligned with our own so we're looking forward to working with her and teaching her.
Those families that have been with us prior to the end last year will recall that we are usually staffed only by full time teachers and that this changed when three of our long term staff commenced maternity leave within mere weeks of each other. It is our goal to return to this structure while doing our best to accommodate our valued staff members returning from maternity leave. This has proven to be a challenge, but in keeping with our philosophy of maintaining consistency of staff we have made the decision to bring on Dorothy full time. This will reduce the need for casual staff, reinforce our permanent staff and provide another everyday face for your children.
To allow this to occur, Kate will be transitioning to the Caterpillar Room to work with Tania. Kate will be dearly missed by the Butterfly children but be assured she is just through the window and still available for hugs and chats. Meanwhile, the Caterpillar room will return to having two permanent and fabulous full time staff with the added support of Nikki who has recently returned part-time from maternity leave. Amanda and Chelsea have been fantastic support over the past year; we have relied so heavily on them and words can't express our gratitude.
We apologise for the late notice of these staffing changes but feel it best for the children and the Centre routines to implement them immediately. We have every confidence that our team of dedicated and professional staff will work hard to make the change almost unnoticeable for the children and ask for your support in doing this also. Should you have any comments or questions please contact us in the office.
Stewart and Ariane Leeder
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