My husband and I are of Italian background and have been married for 14 years with 3 children, all of whom have attended BearChild Care centres. I have an Early Childhood Teaching Degree and been in the Early Childhood Industry for over 18 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 Early Childhood industry were going to be noticed and achieved – and they have. Throughout my time as Assistant Director I have managed the process of developing Barfa Bear and establishing it into a consistently High Quality Accredited Centre, and now under the new National Assessment & Rating Process, we are AN EXCEEDING QUALITY CENTRE!
With Eleni’s support and management, we have built an amazing repour 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.