Our People

Our People

Our People

Our enthusiastic, passionate and caring educators are fully qualified and love working with children. With different backgrounds, experience and knowledge areas, they work together to develop a range of stimulating learning experiences for your child.

Centre Manager - Olga Klaassen

Years in childcare: 9 years

Qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood Education, Diploma in Quality Assurance, Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety

What makes you passionate about working in childcare? I love to observe children as they are learning. Their curiosity when they discover new things, their eagerness to learn, their desire to be loved and nurtured, their empathy towards one another and the way they find joy in the simple things in life inspires me to be a better person.  My passion is assisting children to extend their interests and discovering how to do this in a way that suits each child’s individual learning needs.  I feel very privileged to be able to shape a child’s future as we can do in their early years.  I am also passionate about assisting Educators to reach their full potential through encouraging them to focus on their passions and using that to enable them to become the best Educators they can be.  This in turn ensures that our families feel they are leaving their child in a safe and secure environment, so they can feel at ease in the knowledge that their child is being well looked after throughout the day.

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? I have so many memorable moments but the ones that really remain etched in my mind are the times when I have been able to find a way to communicate with children who have struggled to communicate verbally in their early years.  The look on their face when they know that you finally understand what they are trying to tell you or equally when they understand a method I used to communicate with them, is truly rewarding.

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? Our Educators at Kids Academy Regentville truly care about the wellbeing of every child that attends the centre.  They are passionate and driven, they spend endless amounts of time planning experiences and play spaces to bring out the best in each child and they share in the child’s joy when the child learns something new.  We strive to be an extension of the child’s family and love and nurture each child whilst respecting the values and traditions of every family that attends the centre.
 

Assistant Centre Manager - Ashleigh Van Leeuwen

Years in childcare: 5 years 

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma.
 
What makes you passionate about working in childcare? I love making a difference in children’s lives, to be able to make even a small impact in their future is so exciting. I love watching the children grown into Kind, caring, wonderful little humans. Whilst I love teaching children, every day they teach me about myself, it’s such a wonderful career.
 
What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare?  How do I pick one! Every day I am finding myself laughing out loud with our wonderful educators and children. Well this one comes to mind, I was walking with my hands full and our glass had just been cleaned and I walked straight into the sliding door that led from inside to outside. Spilling all the red paint over my entire body. The children and educators thought that this was hilarious.
 
Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? Adapting the Lifelong Learning approach our educators strive to ensure all your child’s needs are met. They go above and beyond in all aspects of our job. We are so thankful to have this recognised in our latest quality review obtaining ‘Platinum’. I am so thankful that our staff members are motivated and passionate.