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.
Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)
Mechaela is the Director of Anchorage Early Learning, overlooking the day-to-day operation of the Centre. Mechaela prides herself on being a passionate early childhood professional and has been a valued part of the sector for over six years. Mechaela has her Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and is able to share a wealth of current knowledge with the team and all families, ensuring that all children in care have the best possible start to life.
Mechaela manages all new enrolments, parent enquiries and administrative duties in the office, and looks forward to welcoming all current and new families into the service. If not in the office, you will find Mechaela teaching the Captains Auslan or embarking on regular River Kindy adventures with small groups of children. With reference to the following quote: “Learning and teaching should not stand on opposite banks and just watch the river flow by: instead they should embark together on a journey down the water” (Loris Malaguzzi – The Hundred Languages of Children), Mechaela values the environment as a third teacher and endeavours to inspire children to view the world through an ecological lense, not only while at River Kindy, but through regular community outings. Having grown up in Grays Point, Mechaela is able to create and maintain a positive community culture which is used as a platform to create the educational program and foster collaborative partnerships.
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.