Eleni Maree Wilson, Director
Human Resources & Business Management Advance Diploma
Diploma Children’s Services
Hi. My name is Eleni Maree Wilson (Savva). I am Con & Dora Savva’s daughter, the owners of Bear Child Care. My family are from Cyprus (Greek Orthodox), and my husband from Samoa (Uniting Church) - all the while, proudly Australian!!!
We have been married for 16 years and have 5 precious children (4 Princesses and 1 handsome Prince!)... Together our marriage has created something special; a very multi-cultural Christian family; a learned tolerance and appreciation for the beauty of different cultures; different languages, people, foods, customs, celebrations and more.
This is something that we have brought to Bear Child Care: A strong Christian ethos with a passion for children to learn, grow, flourish and thrive on new cultures and their new experiences.
With 5 children, I can honestly say, “I love children”! The last 10 years in managing Bear Child Care has been a wonderfully fulfilling journey. It has been such a joy to meet new families and children, watch the children grow into little people ready for “big school” and then meeting them again years down the track when a sibling joins the BearFamily. Admittedly, i’m especially fond of our social events such as Daddy Disco and of-course our sensational Christmas Concert BBQ Spectaculars! They are such special events because they bring our Bear Families together - and that is so important to what makes Bear Child Care special!
Over the years we have also been privileged to work with children who have special, individual needs - aiding their development working closely with their families and therapists. Watching our children’s journey of learning and growing brings me much pride and satisfaction.
I feel truly blessed by God to be working in an industry so important for the safety, education and happiness of our children - they are our future. They are precious, individual, precious gifts from God. They are to be loved & treated as equals. They are God’s way of saying the world should live on...
Eleni Maree Wilson
Our Bear Teams are a multi-cultural, multi-talented, multi-aged collection of highly skilled and highly trained early childhood professionals. I am honoured to be working with such passionate, caring and highly professional Educators.
I aspire for our centres to achieve the highest acclaim in recognition of what’s most important - the care, the safety, the love and the education of your children, and support of you as the family.
The critical components of achieving this, is to motivate and inspire our staff to be the best possible “person” they can be, just as their Educational Institution taught them how to “educate”. Through our daily communications, the Bear Team are trained, guided, role modelled and equipped with skills to further develop their professionalism; in manners such as professional communications, respectful communications, current industry knowledge and advances, ongoing industry training and client service relationship building.
My passion for this industry, my enthusiasm, my sincere friendship, and my motivation for successfully living happiness, is what I believe attributable to the loving, respectful and long tenure of staff.
I have the upmost respect for our Educational Leaders and Centre Co-ordinators. I would like to introduce you to them below...
My husband and I are of Italian background and have been married for 11 years with 3 children, all of whom have attended Bear Child Care centres. I have an Early Childhood Teaching Degree and been in the Early Childcare Industry for over 15 years.
I have been a part of Barfa Bear since its inception in January 2006. I was drawn to Barfa Bear by the family orientated philosophy. I remember going to my interview at Dora’s house. That feeling in my tummy told me that this was going to be a wonderful opportunity. This was going to be the place where all my beliefs and expectations in the childcare industry were going to be noticed and achieved - and they have.
With Eleni’s support and management, we have built an amazing rapport within our local community. With pride I state I am the Assistant Director of Barfa Bear and I receive comments like: “I have heard so much about that centre”... “Friends of mine have gone there and said how incredible the centre is run”... “You guys run such an amazing Pre-School Program, I can see the huge impact it has had in getting the children ready for school, I wish I had brought my child there”...
I see families who have left us years later on, and their children still remember me as Miss Stephanie. The families will thank me again for all the hard work I did with them, even after so many years. Or what’s even better, when they bring their younger child back years later and say to me, “There is no way I would send my child anywhere else!”
This is my professional satisfaction and why I am still a part of this remarkable service.
I was always going to teach children - but primary school was what I originally had in mind. My mum was always in my ear saying “children are drawn to you, you need to do something with children!” A friend who was an Early Childhood Teacher told me to use the Diploma in Children’s Services as a stepping stone into a primary school uni degree. My first thought was: “Child Care? I don’t know anything about it!” - I found my place and knew this is where I wanted to be. I said goodbye to my Primary School dream and hello to the Early Childhood Industry, completing my Diploma and beginning my first room leader role at just 19 and never looking back!
11 years on this year and I will finally achieve my dream, by officially completing my Bachelor of Teaching - Early Childhood. Children within Early Childhood have minds like sponges. I strongly believe that their capabilities are underestimated! Each child establishes their thought patterns and personalities from so young and it is so satisfying to know that I have been a part of their flourishing development - there is nothing more rewarding than that!
After working for almost 7 years at the one centre, progressing and working with different age groups and gaining experience within assorted managerial roles, I wanted more! After numerous interviews and job offers I just couldnÕt find THE place. Then I met Eleni, came home to my husband and said “I’ve found it!!! I want to work at Mama Bear!” Thank God Eleni wanted me to join the Bear Team!
I have come to a service that values and cares for children as though they are their own. The relationships that are formed with families are at a level I had never experienced nor anticipated before. This is my fourth year as part of the Bear Child Care team, progressing from Room Leader and extending to the Co-ordinator of Mama Bear. I have learnt so much and continue to learn as the years go on. The pride I have working at Mama Bear radiates from me- I am truly blessed!
My Italian husband and I recently moved into our new home in Camden Ð yet no bumper to bumper M5 traffic will prevent me from working in an inspiring childcare service like Mama Bear!
My husband and I are of Cypriot background and have been married for 3 years with 1 precious baby boy. I chose child care as my career path because I have a passion for children and what they bring to the table. I finished my Diploma in Childrens Services in December 2005 and then furthered my studies by attaining my Early Childhood Teaching Degree in 2008. I have worked at Barfa Bear since its inception in January 2006!
As an Educator in this industry I feel my role is a vital part of each child’s growth and development, and allowing each child to become a unique individual. Each day brings a new journey, always learning something new which makes me the best Educator I can be.
Bearchildcare provides all of the necessary qualities for me to achieve all of the above successfully. It is a warm and welcoming family environment with great aspects that I value as an Educator. Parents and families play a key role in their children’s lives, and Bearchildcare provides a number of opportunities for family involvement. This starts from the high influence of family from management and their constant love and care for their centres. It is a clean environment that fosters health and hygiene on all levels. The staff are a caring, happy and passionate group of people who truly have children’s best interests at heart.
I am proud to be a part of such an amazing team. I am so excited about this incredible career opportunity to become the Co-ordinator of Papa Bear Child Care Centre. Bringing forth all the professional services knowledge I have gained working under great leaders like Eleni & Stephanie these past 9 years, I believe it will be another incredible service.
If you are a passionate, motivated, creative and enthusiastic individual who has a thirst for knowledge and wants to work in a Christian child care service which thrives on success of living “happiness” and family kinship, then we would love to hear from you.
Please send your CV through to: firstname.lastname@example.org
At this point in time, we are accepting applications for hopeful commencement of Papa Bear in mid-2014. Roles which will be available will be:
Early Childhood Teacher
Early Childhood Educators - Diploma
Early Childhood Educators - Certificate III
Child Care Assistant
Child Care Cook