Effie Olymbios
Effie Olymbios
Centre Co-Ordinator, Early Childhood Teacher.
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Papa Bear Child Care Centre Miranda


I began studying Child Care since the moment I left high school which was in 1999. I completed my Diploma in Child Care at TAFE followed by my Bachelor of Early Childhood, and then my Masters of Early Childhood at the University of Western Sydney. I worked at Mama Bear for 3 years then fell pregnant with my first little boy. I decided to open my own Family Day Care which I found to be a challenge and closed my business within a year, just before I had my second baby boy. I felt that my philosophy and my heart belong with the Bear Team, so I returned and started a new adventure with the Papa Bear Girls. It has been a blessing ever since.

I have 3 beautiful boys in my life; my two baby boys who have been an absolute joy, and the love of my life who is also of Greek Cypriot heritage, whose biggest belief in life is that family comes first. We are also very excited to say that we are now expecting a baby girl, who God willing will join our family in October; we can’t wait to meet her.

Throughout my time as Centre Co-ordinator of Papa Bear, I have co-ordinated the process of further developing and establishing it into providing a consistently high quality service, and now under the new National Assessment & Rating Process, we are AN EXCEEDING QUALITY CENTRE!

As an Educator I hold a strong philosophy that children learn through play and feel that as an Early Childhood Teacher I play an integral part in their future development. My main aim is to create a safe, welcoming environment for children and their families to feel a sense of belonging and ensuring children have access to an environment where they have the potential to explore, imagine, investigate and play.