Sunita Perikala, Assistant Manager
What inspired your career in early childhood?
I was studying to be a nurse but found it was not for me. During my health studies I was working part-time as a childcare reliever – and I loved it! I learned how important the little things are, and what a big impact they can have on the lives of small children. I’ve been working in the sector for nearly ten years now, and have fallen in love with being an educator. It is a real joy.
What do you love most about your job?
I am a teacher first. I love the joy and laughter, and the precious moments of care and education with our children. Their smiles mean the world to me - they motivate me to come to work every day. It’s very rewarding to help children learn, explore and discover, and one of the wonderful parts of the job is that I also get to learn new things each day too!
What is special about Lollipops Birkenhead?
It is home away from home, filled with a wonderfully diverse community that is warm and welcoming. We also have a strong focus on sustainability and are big on recycling and reusing.
What is your favourite time of the year at the centre?
I especially love spring when we have our recycling fashion show and cultural night, and we explore new ideas for our garden. To me this time of year signifies new beginnings.
What are you passionate about?
I love arts and science and enjoy sharing my passion for creativity with the children. I also enjoy travelling , cooking, reading and learning new languages – I speak Telugu, Hindi and Farsi (Persian and Afghani).
Certificate in Health Science, Bachelor of Education, currently studying Master of Education.