At Butterflies, we know that the most important factor in our contribution to your child’s happiness and education is the quality of our staff. We therefore go to great lengths to attract and retain the best people we can find.
We have a low staff turn-over rate and a great reputation within our local community and with previous and current families. Some of our staff have been working here for more than 10 years and have seen children from the same families grow into teenagers. It is a privilege to be part of their life and the bond that staff build with all families is simply amazing.
We have a team from diverse cultural backgrounds and most are bilingual. This has definitely added a bonus for our language program which is on display for new families on tour.
We only recruit highly qualified educators who are in general more qualified than National Regulations requirement. We support all of them with ongoing professional development. We have a harmonious work environment where the educators love to come to work every day.
What is your name?
My name is Rose Yang.
How long have you been working in the Early Childhood Education sector?
I started working in the Early Childhood Education sector in 2009 after graduating from the Australian Catholic University in Sydney.
What qualifications do you hold?
I hold a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, but am still learning everyday through practice professional development and observation. I am hoping to inspire many more people in the Early Childhood setting by being a good role model, and growing together with them.
What made you choose a career in Early Childhood Education?
When I was growing up, my grandparents often commented that I would either be a lawyer or a teacher because the way I “tutored” my younger cousin was just so typical as a leader type of person.
I determined working with young children will be a life time of pleasure, and therefore chose this career with no regret. After entering the ECE environment I learnt that loving children is only the starting point of my journey. There is so much to learn, and so much to do with my colleagues, families and communities in order to help each individual child to begin to reach their potential. The relationship I formed over the past 12 years has made me feel so proud of my career choice, and seeing children’s success brings me pure joy every single day.
What makes your team special?
I worked with the Butterflies team for more than 8 years before I leaving to seek more experiences from a larger provider. When I came back recently, I felt like a college student coming home after her studies. Some of the staff have been at Butterflies for more than 10 years which emphasize our philosophy— “We’re family, for families.”
What is your philosophy?
I believe that each child is unique in their own way and should be treated with respect just like adults. Children come from diverse family backgrounds and may be educated with different perspectives by their parents or carers. As an early childhood educator, it is so important to stand in each child’s shoes, no matter how young they are in order to understand their needs. By truly understanding them it will then help us to develop a personal tailored program to help each child develop.
I believe that the consistent collaboration between early childhood educators and families is vital. It is the most efficient way to achieve a common goal and to guide each child’s learning and development. Without communicating with the families what we do becomes meaningless. Therefore, families’ views are respected, heard and integrated into our daily activities, conversations and program at Butterflies.
I believe working with the community is also important to help our children thrive. The more resources we have in hand, the more possibilities there are for the children to develop. By building connections with the local community, it gives children opportunities to extend their understanding of how things work in our society, and different roles that people hold. This will help to develop and guide them finding their own value as a young citizen.