What is your name?
Katelyn Fieldgate. People call me Katelyn.
How long have you been working in the early years?
I have been working in the industry for 8 years.
What is your favourite part of working at the centre?
The feeling of satisfaction that goes along with being an early childhood educator – knowing that you are taking care of the most vulnerable people among us, helping them learn and grow into responsible people.
What qualifications do you hold?
Diploma in Children’s Services.
What are you most passionate about?
Being able to help families in need of care for their children.
What are you most proud of at your centre?
The relationships we have with our families and our dedicated team of educators.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“A person is a person, no matter how small.” – Dr Seuss
What inspired you to become an educator?
While in high school I did some placement work in a childcare centre and instantly fell in love with the work and what was involved.
What values are most important to you in your team members?
The passion to provide safe learning experiences where children can grow and thrive.
What is your philosophy about educating children?
I strive to create a positive environment where our children can develop socially, emotionally and physically.
What makes your team/centre special?
We are a purpose-built centre with each room connected to its own outdoor area so children can have freedom of choice in playing indoors or outdoors. We are also conveniently located at the Lakes Shopping Centre which allows parents to run some errands prior to pick up.
What was your dream occupation as a child?
A primary school teacher.
What do you do in your free time?
I love to spending quality time with my partner and daughter as we both work full time.
What would you like to tell parents considering your centre?
We’re a small centre with a team of professionally trained educators including an onsite chef that makes all meals fresh each day. I encourage you to take up our free orientation days and experience our service for yourself.