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Nominated Supervisor and Centre Manager
Hi there, I'm Terri-ann,
I have been in the Early Education sector since 1994 and I have worked in a variety of roles from Lead Educator to Manager. I hold a Diploma in Children's Services and throughout my career I have had the opportunity to gain skills in all ages as well as be exposed to a number of different areas and role within the industry. For me, it is all about the children.
Through communication with families and ensuring parents are a key part of the learning process, we are able to provide the highest quality in care and early learning. The team I am fortunate to work with shares this view and it's through their dedication and commitment to your children that this is possible.
Assistant Centre Manager
Hi my name is Danni Katthagen,
I am thrilled to be the Assistant Centre Manager of Elimbah Kids Capers. I have worked in the childcare industry since 1995, starting as an Assistant. I had the privilege of becoming a Kids Capers employee 4 years ago and in that time I have achieved my Diploma in Children's Services and worked as the Educational Leader supporting the Educators with the curriculum.
I have experience as Lead Educator in all ages from babies to school age children. I have gained so much knowledge and enjoyed building relationships with our children and families. I am passionate about the Early Years Learning Framework and providing a play based program for the children in my care.
In 2018 I had the opportunity to grow within the company and learn more about the Management side. This has been an exciting step forward for me, and I truly look forward to building solid relationships with the children, Families and Educators to become apart of the Elimbah Family.
My name is Amanda Nitschke and I am honoured and privileged to be the Support Manager
here at Kids Capers Childcare.
I hold a Diploma of Children’s Services and I have 5 years of experience in the early childhood industry, starting off as a classroom educator in the nursery and proceeded to hold various roles including Lead Educator and Educational leader.
I joined the Capers family in 2016 and supported the opening of our Kids Capers Northgate centre. This provided me with the exposure to learn new skills and the opportunity to join the management team, initially as the Assistant Manager at our Clayfield centre and subsequently moving to our wonderful Mango Hill centre.
My intention in this role is to support our management teams as I am passionate about the Early Years Learning Framework and providing a play-based teaching program for children. I aim to give our team of Educators the teaching platforms they need to provide the best quality care and education, ensuring that every child in our care receive the best possible outcomes in relation to their identity, connection with community, wellbeing, confidence as learners and effectiveness as communicators.
Our 6 room centre is located in the peaceful rural community of Elimbah just north of Caboolture, next to the Elimbah State Primary School where we offer care and education for families and their children from 6 weeks to 12 years.
Our centre has oversized playgrounds which include a natural play-scape and a vegetable gardens. The indoor and outdoor environments provide a rich and diverse range of experiences that stimulate, engage and enhance children’s development and learning.
We offer two Government Approved Kindergarten Programs and employ two qualified Early Childhood Teachers that follow the Queensland Kindergarden Learning Guidelines (QKLG). Our first program can be accessed via our long day care hours (6.15am – 6.15pm) Whilst the second program is open for sessional hours in school terms (8.30am – 3.00pm).
Our purpose built second Kindergarten room also caters for outside of school hours care and vacation care programs. This environment is flexible and provides age appropriate activities for school aged children in a safe and secure environment.
We believe that our role is to work in partnership with you to provide your child with the best opportunities. We invite and encourage you when practical, to spend time in our centre taking part in the various activities or sharing some of your family’s culture.
All our Educators create an exciting daily program designed to develop a love of learning and prepare your child to start school. These programs are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF).
If you would like to visit us at Kids Capers Elimbah, please feel free to call us or drop in as we would love to show you around and introduce you to our team of passionate Educators.
“We would like to recognise the traditional owners of this land, the Gubbi Gubbi people, on whose land we build our community today”.
Being, Belonging, Becoming
We aim to recognise the importance of these early years, and to provide an appropriate environment that is relaxed, warm and nurturing, ensuring each child, family and educator feels a sense of belonging.
The early years are a time for a child to take pleasure in the here and now, to spend time playing and experiencing life’s wonders. Children experience a sense of being by taking time to explore the present moment.
Through the many experiences and changes that occur in the early years, children will grow and develop, creating their own identity becoming a person who actively participates in our society.
Our Learning Environment
We engage children in an environment that reflects the cultural diversity of Australia, by providing opportunities that facilitate choice, independence, inquiry, self-esteem, communication and peer interaction in a nurturing and supportive environment. We value the importance of play because it is through play that children have fun, enjoy themselves and are able to express and let their creative side out. Play is important as it allows children to make decisions in a world dominated by adults which results in a happy and confident child that has a positive self-image of oneself. Play is a way that children are able to learn and investigate the world and also further their development in a fun way, this provides the child with a sense of power.
Our role as educators is to assist children to achieve their full potential by extending and facilitating their needs and interests. We recognise and respect children and families beliefs and values and have an awareness of children’s differences and diversities. We provide a learning environment that is safe and stimulating, encouraging self-esteem in children, self-help skills, resilience and an environment that supports a play based program. Our educators aim to establish the foundations for children’s positive lifelong learning. We are committed to providing high expectations for all children’s learning and developmental capabilities, recognising that all children learn and develop in their own unique way. We are dedicated to continual improvement through reflection of our own practices and procedures.
Involvement of Families
The support and information given by the families is crucial to maintaining high quality care and education. Families provide the bridge between the centre and home by sharing information, unique skills, cultural value and a sense of belonging for the child to his/her learning community. Connecting with families allows for much richer relationships with children. We provide opportunities to engage in family input and encourage this strongly.
That all children are on a journey of self-discovery and change. That all children have the right to experience a caring loving environment with the potential to learn and develop according to their own needs. That all children are individuals and are unique in every special way. Children should be allowed to just “be”. That children have the right to be on a journey of play as their learning pathway and that play should be challenging and stimulating. That all children deserve to be treated equally no matter what their background, beliefs or community. That all children have the right to be heard and that they have the right to contribute to their own learning experiences as they are capable members of the group. All children have the universal right to feel safe and healthy in their environment. That all children should be treasured. Children have the right to learn how to care for their future world and to have this learning nurtured and promoted.
We aim to use the community as a key partner in our service where we encourage families, educators and children to penetrate their values to the wider areas of Elimbah. We aim to encourage the children in our care and of the future to become responsible partners in environmental awareness and sustainability. We encourage our small community to become more aware of the local Indigenous community; the Gubbi Gubbi people, where our educators embed these cultural aspects into their daily programs.
Updated Feb 2019
6:15am to 6:15pm Monday to Friday