Learn & Laugh at Alexandria is an all-new, architecturally designed centre, constructed with outdoor activities in mind. We are located in a quiet location at 7 Bradford Street, near the primary school and away from busy streets. Our centre is separated into 5 large rooms, with plenty of room and space for your child to play and enjoy the brand-new facilities available. We have a beautiful outdoor environment that reflects indigenous and edible plants that can be used in a variety of cooking experiences and discussions with the children.
We acknowledge the Gadigal people who are the traditional custodians of this land and pay respect to their elders past, present and future, for they hold the Indigenous memories of culture and country for all Australian people.
Being in the early childhood sector since 2015, with completion of my degree in Early years education & special educational needs, teaching in Ireland I decided to move to Australia and embark on new opportunities.
Working in both educator roles & management roles, I love providing a ‘home away from home’ environment for children, and making children and families feel welcomed and supported throughout the first 5 years of their early education. Providing children with a wholesome space where they can embrace their own individual learning, explore and express ideas & watching them learn, grow and develop along the way is one of the many reasons why my job is so rewarding.
As director in Learn and Laugh Alexandria, I aim to embed a home environment for all kids, families and staff creating core memories for their early years.
I have always known from a young age that working with children would be the career path I would choose. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Early Years and Childhood Studies back home in Ireland and this affords me the qualification of ECT here in Australia. During my time in the industry I have held many roles, beginning as a nursery room leader and eventually working my way up to centre director.
My personal philosophy has always been centred around fostering a safe and caring environment in which children are made to feel valued and secure. Being from a different country myself I understand the importance of creating a home away from home feel for all the children in my care. In knowing that they have both a space and a person to feel safe in, it is then that children can begin to explore the world around them, build upon their strengths and extend on their own interests. Role modelling positive behaviours and interactions, offering children choices in all aspects of their day and fostering strong relationships with families are also key practices that I implement daily.
In partnership with my co-director Emma and our amazing team of educators I hope to continue in our provision of quality care and education for all the children that we welcome to Alexandria.