Bachelor of Education (Primary), studying Bachelor of Education (Early Years)
Ashleigh is a qualified Primary School Teacher and is studying towards her Early Education Degree and is passionate about children and their education. She has previously taught in a Childcare Centre for 3 years and then went on to study her degree in Primary Education, where she had 5 years of full time teaching experience, predominately with the lower years (K-2). Ashleigh is a mother to two gorgeous young boys, Jack and Boston. She understands the importance of finding a Childcare Centre that is trusting and has the child’s best intentions at heart. Every decision Ashleigh makes within the Centre, whether it be new resources or decisions within rooms, she always uses her two boys for the reference, ‘would she want that for her two boys, Jack and Boston?’ Ashleigh believes that this is one of the best ways to run a Centre that exceeds parents expectations.
Kellie De Pasquale
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Kellie has been in Early Childhood industry for 15 years and is passionate about inquiry play based learning, mindfulness, education for sustainability including nature based play and kitchen garden program, listening to children and the creation of an environment that is authentic, beautiful and curious – one that honours the children’s thinking and voice.
Kellie believes that by allowing children to ponder and create their own ideas and thoughts we are allowing them to engage in the journey of learning, rather than focusing on the destination. It is through this process that children fall in love with learning and this creates a beautiful start to their transition to school journey.
Kellie’s role at Anchorage although predominantly in the office also allows the freedom and flexibility to build her days as needed by the team, children and families. Kellie loves to be on the floor playing and engaging with the children, listening to their ideas and pondering on questions together. This allows her to support and mentor the team in a more meaningful and reflective way by being hands on with them on the floor. Kellie has a passion for continuous improvement and is passionate about professional development and reflections with the team forever growing with the children’s best interests at heart.
Kellie honours the family as the child’s first teacher and believes that respectful, kind communication and transparency is the key to successful relationships. She has an open door policy and welcomes families and the community to be part of all aspects of the service believing that it takes a community to raise a child.
Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care
Ashleigh is the 2IC at Anchorage Early Learning, leading our exceptional team by example as she works alongside them on the floor within our Captains room (Preschool room). Being in the Early Childhood sector for over 11 years. Ashleigh has extensive knowledge of the EYLF, NQF, programming and children’s development.
Ashleigh believes that by giving messages of respect, love, approval, and encouragement enables children to develop a positive sense of who they are and a feeling that they have an important contribution to make wherever they are. Ashleigh believes that positive messages about their families, backgrounds, cultures, beliefs, and languages help children to develop pride in who they are. These messages also give them confidence to voice their views and opinions, to make choices, and to help shape their own learning. By embracing difference, by exploring their own attitudes in relation to equality and diversity, and by realising that their attitudes and values influence children, adults can develop the insights, self-awareness and skills that are needed to help children develop a strong sense of identity and belonging. This helps to ensure that all children are respected and valued and that they can recognise and deal with discrimination and prejudice.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
I believe that an Educational Leader is responsible for empowering their team, embedding high quality practices, and inspiring educators through professional knowledge and critical reflection. It is crucial that the Educational Leader provides ongoing support and recognition to each individual educator to ensure that all educators feel equally valued and respected among their team. I believe that children are active constructivists in their own learning and will thrive in play-based learning environments that reflect their interests, culture, and identity. I strongly value the natural environment and believe children learn through problem solving, discovery and inquiry. I am committed to safeguarding children and providing inclusive environments for all children.
My role as Educational Leader at Anchorage is to ensure that our curriculum provides positive outcomes for all children, is challenging, stimulating and adopts a holistic approach to learning. Some of my responsibilities of Educational Leader include; guiding the curriculum, overseeing and implementing effective planning cycles, leading the development of daily programs, ensuring that programs are guided by the Early Years Learning Framework, National Quality Standards and relevant theorists, guiding families understanding of play-based learning environments, building knowledge, skills and professionalism and establishing a culture of professional inquiry.