strip Early Educators Day 2021

Wednesday 1st September was Early Childhood Educators’ Day – a day that recognises and celebrates the work of Australia’s educators in early learning services for their wonderful contribution to the wellbeing and healthy development of the young children in their care.

To celebrate we have a special Staff Spotlight on Ivana Nakhle, Centre Director of Barnardos Ultimo Early Learning Centre.

“My earliest memory of any schooling was from my Preschool, and in particular my teacher Miss Katie. I don’t remember much about Preschool but what I do remember are the feelings I had during my time there. I felt empowered, strong, smart and safe. These were the foundational elements to the beginning of my career as an educator. I wanted to empower children in a safe and supportive environment where they were fostered to achieve whatever they desired. Eight years on I believe my personal philosophy still rings true to these foundations with a few additions that I have learnt from my mentors and further studies.

My career as an educator has brought with it many professional and personal lessons. Professional lessons such as continuously learning about my field (yes I am a teacher but no, I don’t know it all!) and with these learnings have come personal lessons such as remaining humble throughout my encounters (as remember, you don’t know it all!). I have always enjoyed being around children, their joy, pureness of heart and compassionate personalities is something that I have had the pleasure of being surrounded by for countless children. In saying that there have been some trying times where I have faced challenges that were completely out of my comfort zone (which is where I learnt and grew the most), but ultimately my end goal is what has kept me motivated and inspired; to embed positive, mindful and powerful knowledge into our younger generations to raise compassionate, kind and selfless individuals.

Barnardos has been an organisation that was known to me throughout my career, and when my mother in law mentioned that there was a job advertisement out for a Centre Director position (passed on from a family member) I knew I had to jump at it! I now realise that Barnardos was the missing link in my career of education and caring for children, as I truly believe in Barnardos’ values and commitment to children and families. I say this all the time to the ELC team and my family, I am so blessed and grateful to be a part of an organisation that does so much GOOD for children and families. I am proud to be a part of the Barnardos Family and am so glad that I have found an organisation that I can call home.”

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