Tash Croft (Director)
I am honoured to be the Director of Cooks Hill Preschool since 2013, and I love the opportunity to work with children, their families and other passionate educators. Throughout my career in Early Childhood Education I have spent several years working in Long Day Care before running my own Family Day Care business. During this time I gained my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood Education) as I wanted to continue learning through current research. I strongly believe that collaborating with families is an essential foundation for creating an environment that is inviting, respectful and builds meaningful connections. I actively promote a message of respect and love, and I find it very rewarding to watch the children grow, learn and explore throughout their two year preschool period.
Jenny O'Sullivan (Educational Leader)
I have been an educator at Cooks Hill for 10 years. I started as a volunteer and was inspired to study a Certificate III and then Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care at TAFE. I enjoy working with an inspiring team and watching the children's amazing journeys from 3 to 5 year old. I believe that educators play a vital role in a child's development by working collaboratively to foster their learning and social/emotional well-being. I see children as competent, capable learners and I enjoy being a co-researcher by exploring science experiments and sourcing information to support inquiry. I relax with yoga and meditation, and like to share mindfulness techniques and yoga movement with the preschoolers as I believe these skills help the children to self regulate and promote body awareness.
My name is Nina Graham and I am an Educator at Cooks Hill Preschool. After deliberating between a Fine Arts Degree and a Nursing Degree, and growing up in a big extended family, I came to the decision to start something that almost combines the three. It seemed like a natural progression for me to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. In March 2015, I enrolled in TAFE to start a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care. During my course, I picked up a weekly shift at Cooks Hill Preschool, which rapidly developed my knowledge and experience by working with children, whilst studying. Upon finishing in June 2016, I was lucky enough to accept an offer of full time work for the upcoming year (2017). Since 2017, I have continued my work as a full time Educator in Early Childhood, here at Cooks Hill Preschool. (Click photo to read more...)
My name is Lucy Flook, I am 21 years old and have just recently completed my Certificate III in Early Childhood Education in 2017 at Elder Street Early Childcare Centre. One of the core reasons I joined this industry was to have the pleasure of guiding little minds into the next stage of development with confidence in themselves and an excitement for continued learning. I believe a safe, fun positive approach in an educational environment is significant as it becomes more meaningful for the child’s learning. I also believe that a child’s independence and self-confidence is remarkably boosted when they are given choices, responsibilities and opportunities within their learning. The first thing that comes to my mind when people ask me why I love my job is the families I meet on the way and the strong relationships that I develop with them! Please come up and say hi and I can’t wait to get to know you all this year.