- Graduate Diploma Early Childhood, 2011
Melindie was working in counselling and pharmacy before deciding to do her graduate teaching degree in Early Childhood. Fast forward five years and Melindie wins an Australian Family Early Childhood Education and Care Award for Victoria for her role as Educational leader at an Early Learning Centre on the Mornington Peninsula.
The centre Melindie worked in serves a highly disadvantaged community. The early years program was designed in response to children in the area being developmentally behind the rest of the state by the time they start school. Melindie and her team worked with the community to help these children reach more developmental goals before school. Their focus is on conversational reading, learning games and enriched caregiving.
Melindie worked intensively with staff to develop a professional learning community, and a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. As a team the lead teachers explored current research and assessment data ensuring the needs of all children were met. This lead to the development of a cohesive team that recently received an Exceeding rating and a mayoral commendation.
Melindie has recently moved centres and begun a new journey of transformational change. She is again working with her colleagues to bring forth an innovative and proactive approach to early childhood.
Melindie says her favourite thing is seeing children have ‘a-ha’ moments. Her career goal is that all children develop a love of learning and are resilient and confident. She would like to someday be a change agent for the profession, and would love to see the sector receive more recognition and support for the important role it plays.