"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful
lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." - Dr Seuss
Our Coordinator has been working in the industry for sixteen years, and attained her Diploma in Community (Children’s) Services in 2004. Amy has had a variety of experience in different areas of the Children’s services sector, including a Directing role in a ninety place long day care center. In 2010 Amy opened Puddles Family Day Care Centre, becoming the Regional Winner for Family Day Care Educator of the Year in 2012 (Awarded by Family Day Care Australia; Operating as part of Bright Futures Family Day Care Scheme). During this time Amy also cared for her two Daughters and studied at Notre Dame University Fremantle, for a Bachelor of Behavioural Science (minoring in Counseling), completing her Degree in early 2016. In deciding what would best serve her family, whilst also utilising the knowledge attained during her studies in Behavioural Science, Amy began planning Our Place. An OSHC & Pre-Kindy Learning Center that incorporates a homely and person-centered environment, into a heavily resourced center based service. Amy’s Bachelor degree in Behavioural Science has furthered her understanding of community engagement, with a focus on empowering people and supporting well-being. This knowledge has been incorporated into the service philosophy and is reflected throughout Our Place’s policies. With Amy guiding us, Our Place is set to become a place where we can all belong and grow.
Penny is our Assistant Director. With a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care, Cert IV in Business Administration, Diploma in Business Management, Cert III in Design Fundamentals and working towards her Bachelor in Contemporary Arts, Penny will be involved in all the goings on in the centre. From the nitty gritty business side to mentoring the children on the correct use of technology and helping the children express themselves via creative outlets.
Natasha is our Home Cook, who is also responsible for maintaining our Kitchen Garden and facilitating the children's involvement in growing and learning about food. This practice also links in with our sustainability commitments, helping children and staff develop sustainable practices.