One of our biggest assets is our nurturing staff and their loyalty and passion for Yarraleen Preschool.

Heidi Graham

(Educator)

“Looking at things with children is a two-way street: just as you Point  out things worth noticing, they show you things you’ve missed.”  
Rapunzel’s Supermarket, Ursula Kolbe

I am the Nominated Supervisor, Educational Leader and teacher for the 3-year-old Possum group. I have a Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies which I completed at Melbourne University in 2000. In 2019, I completed my Certificate IV in Training and Assessment at Box Hill Institute.  Early childhood education has been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember.  I have 3 wonderful children and during their time at kinder, I joined the committee where I got to experience things from a parent’s perspective.

I love getting to know all the children, finding out their interests and skills, and encouraging and guiding them in their development. I believe in creating an environment where children are comfortable and confident to explore, learn and grow. An integral part of this, I believe is to develop strong relationships with not just the child but their families as well, in order for each child to reach their full potential.

 

Most importantly, I want each child to have fun and look forward to their time at kinder, whilst making wonderful memories along the way.

Bernadette Sleigh

(Co-Educator)

Hello, I’m Bernadette and I am the 3 year old co educator.  I have been at Yarraleen Preschool for just over 20 years.  I began working with children with additional needs which extended my interest in children’s development.  I decided to return to study and obtain my Certificate 3 in Early Childhood Education. I also have completed a course in “Beyou” which has given me the knowledge to support the wellbeing of children.

My belief is children learn through play based experiences that encourage exploration and curiosity. Implementing open ended experiences in our programs help develop creativity and build self-esteem.

Respect, caring and collaborative relationships with each child and their families make for a wonderful kindergarten journey.