Meet Rachna our Thrive Early Learning North Ryde Centre Leader!

Tell us about your career background

I was born in Delhi, India and lived there with my family. I completed my studies from University of Delhi and taught HSC classes in a convent school for 8 years. Once married I stayed in Delhi until my son was born. Thereafter, I migrated to Sydney with my husband and son. After my son started to walk, I began looking for a career in Early Childhood Education. I had an opportunity to pursue a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education while pursuing a traineeship at Bambini’s Child Care, Centennial Park. Over the next 4 years, I worked at several other reputable organisations including Only About Children Sydney CBD and Explore & Develop North Ryde.

At Thrive Early Learning Centres, I pursued my Diploma in Early Childhood Education, and took on more challenging roles within the centre. Transitioning to a Room Leader and 2IC. Now, I look forward to growing further in my career as a Thrive Early Learning Centre Leader and ensure I add more value to the organisations’ operations and growth.

 

Thrive Early Learning Centre North Ryde Centre Leader Miss Rachna 

 

Why is Early Childhood Education so important to you?

Early childhood education helps children in creating a life-long passion for learning, develop social skills, and encourages development of fine motor and sensory skills. It is an important time in a childs life because this is when they first learn to interact with others, including peers, teachers, and parents. They begin to develop their interests and form foundations that will have impact into their adolescence and adulthood.

What are some interesting initiatives and focus areas happening at Thrive North Ryde
Thrive North Ryde – licensed for 100 children per day, educate and care for children from birth to six years. We aim to provide an environment where children can feel safe, secure, and happy. Thrive North Ryde gives priority to nurturing relationships and providing children with consistent emotional support so that they become confident and develop the skills and understanding necessary to interact positively with others.

Thrive North Ryde is committed to the equality and belief in all childrens capabilities to succeed. Thrive North Ryde offers children the freedom to explore and discover through play-based learning, which include science, music, dinosaurs, sea life experiences, language classes, water safety, police talks, fire brigade visits, cultural inclusion workshops.

Parents can keep up with their childs curriculum, learning and care routines through the KinderM8 App. This is also a platform used for communication between families and the service.

What is one of your favourite things about working in Early Childhood Education?

Working in early childhood education and care is very rewarding. I have been working with children for more than 5 years, and as time progresses, I feel myself getting more creative, patient, and knowledgeable about the children and the variety of ways in which they learn. Every child is unique, and I am here to nurture their individuality.

What are the key aspects that contribute to raising a successful, independent, and confident child?

Right from birth, kids learn new skills at a rapid pace. And along with those new abilities, they also acquire the confidence to use those skills.

As children get older, that confidence can be as important as the skills themselves. To thrive, kids need to trust in their own capabilities while, at the same time, knowing that they can handle it if they are not successful at something. It is by experiencing mastery and rebounding from failure that they develop healthy self-confidence.

Positive thinking, practice, training, knowledge and talking to other people are all useful ways to help improve or boost the confidence levels of children. Confidence comes from feelings of well-being, acceptance of own body and mind (self-esteem) and belief in own ability, skills and experience.

Thrive Early Learning Centres and our Community

At Thrive Early Learning Centres building connections, communication and being an active member of our local communities are apart of our everyday practices and our ethos.

From an early age, children are already seeking out connection with their families, community, culture and place. It is these connections that develop a childs resilience, broadens their understanding of the world and allows them to be present and engaged with their self. Quality Area 6 of the National Quality Standard (NQS) focuses on collaborative partnerships with families and communities. Active participation and collaboration in these partnerships are fundamental to strengthening a childs development, learning and enhances their sense of inclusion and wellbeing.

Why we value community connections for children
Children who are well integrated and familiar with their neighbourhood and community typically experience:

  • a positive sense of identity
  • more opportunities to connect with new people and make new friendships
  • an understanding of where to go when you need help
  • strong social connections develop a childs confidence
  • a sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves

Our experiences of community connection
Our focus on creating meaningful community connections is unique to each Thrive Early Learning Centre. Over the Christmas period our Blakehurst Centre Leader, Heidi Wagstaff delivered toy and book donations collected from our Blakehurst families to The Smith Family Toy and Book Appeal Donation Centre. Within the Thrive Blakehurst centre our children created their own Christmas Tree for their donations to sit under. This time of year, provides an opportunity to nurture childrens empathy, compassion and develop an understanding that there are other importances in the world.

Our Blakehurst Children setting their donations under their own decorated Christmas Tree.

 

Blakehurst Centre Leader, Heidi Wagstaff at Donation Drop-off

 

Similarly, our Thrive Merrylands Pre-schoolers collected food supplies to share with the Mama Lanas Community Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that provides assistance to the homeless and underprivileged people in their community. This saw another opportunity to explore the real meaning of Christmas by practicing ways of showing love in a time that can be isolating for many people.

As well as reaching communities beyond our centres, we also work to form strong partnerships with the families at our centres. We are dedicated to listening to our families and hear the wonderful stories of the children in our care, whilst inviting every family to share and celebrate their culture with us.