Learn & Laugh at Drummoyne has been running since early 2010 and is a beautifully quaint centre at 33a College Street. It is a small centre which caters to 38 children a day, with two rooms and a beautiful cottage feel. The centre is situated down a short driveway at the back of a church, which really provides a small sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the inner west.
We acknowledge the Wangal 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.
Hi I am April. I am Irish and completed my Bachelor of Early Childhood Education in Ireland. I worked in Ireland for almost two years as a preschool teacher before moving to Australia in 2014. I have started working for Learn & Laugh in 2015 and I have worked at 3 of the 6 centres within this time. I began as an Early Childhood Teacher working closely with the preschool children in Learn and Laugh Drummoyne. Since then I have progressed in my career while gaining knowledge and experience from working in the other 2 centres and taking on the role of educational leader and 2IC. In April 2018 I returned to Learn and Laugh Drummoyne and was given the opportunity to become director in January 2019.
From a young age I had a desire to work with young children. Early childhood is such an important time. A child’s early years are the foundation for his or her future development. My teaching philosophy is very much inspired by Reggio Emilia and Montessori. I believe that all children are capable and competent learners and with the right environment can maximise their developmental potential.
My mission for the centre is to create a home like environment/atmosphere of warmth and security. Where the children can build relationships while feeling safe and secure as they learn and develop into confident human beings.