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Our Educators

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Centre Director Amy Chiswick

Current research shows the earliest years of a child’s development is vital in forming their understanding of the world.

Therefore I believe it is our job as educators to guide our youngest community members through their first years, to work collaboratively and explore interests to build on their understanding of the word around us.

After many years of teaching I firmly believe the environment we build for our youngest members is just as important as the moments we spend engaging with them as individuals.

I have a slow learning approach to teaching, where I encourage children and educators to take their time building on their knowledge, exploring ideas and theories over time, allowing for Individuals to cement their understandings before moving on. Sometimes these may take weeks, months or longer.

The natural Environment and our impact on this should be an integral part of our teaching journey. We are educating our future leaders and instilling a respect for the environment, therefore I believe this should be apart of our every day with the children.

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Our Centre Educators

At Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centre, we have the knowledge and the depth of experience to ensure your child has the best possible start in life!

We feel that our staff are our the most valuable asset and that when our staff are happy, the children and their families are happy too. Our Early Childhood professionals are genuinely dedicated to the development of every child. They bring their own individual skills and experiences to the classroom enhancing their own personal teaching style.

We work together as a team; respecting, fostering and utilising the expertise of each.

At Dinky Di, the staff are trained to reflect on the needs and interests of each child and provide extensions to their knowledge and abilities through discovery, guidance and encouragement.

The staff in children’s rooms work weekly rotating shifts, with regular casual staff employed to cover staff absences, ensuring familiarity and stability for you and your child. Pictures, names and shift times are displayed in each of the rooms to inform families as to daily caregivers. By regulatory requirements, all staff on the Dinky Di team are approved through a ‘Working With Children Check’.

All early childhood personnel at Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centre are highly motivated and dedicated to delivering quality care. They are all experienced in the industry and possess varying qualifications which may include:

  • Bachelor of Education (University Degree)
  • Diploma of Teaching (University Degree)
  • Diploma of Child Studies (Through TAFE and various colleges)
  • Child Care Certificate II and III (Through TAFE, various colleges and traineeships)
  • Accredited Child Care Certificates (Through TAFE and various colleges)

All primary caregivers possess Senior First Aid qualifications, with trainees acquiring them through the course of their training. Additional staff skills and areas of expertise include:

  • Additional Needs
  • Multiculturalism and Accreditation Systems

Furthermore, at Dinky Di, the centre offers ongoing staff development opportunities to enhance staff expertise and therefore the quality and diversity. Subjects that are covered in the above qualifications will often include:

  • Early Childhood Development
  • Child Psychology
  • Technology
  • Literature and expressive language
  • Developing Learning Programs
  • Creative Arts
  • Music and Movement
  • Behaviour and guidance
  • Nutrition
  • Daily Care
  • Health Science
  • Communications
  • Family and society
  • Special education
  • Professional development


Apply now for a career at Dinky Di Children’s Learning Centres.

For Tumbi Umbi – tumbiumbi@dinkydikids.com
For Lake Haven – lakehaven@dinkydikids.com
For Morisset – morisset@dinkydikids.com
For Terrigal – terrgial@dinkydikids.com

Please email your cover letter and resume to apply for our current positions. Prospective applications for Traineeships are always welcome.


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