Juliette Thompson, Centre Manager
What inspired you to work in ECE?
When I was growing up, I always wanted to work with children and be a preschool teacher. I had younger siblings and I loved helping with them! When I was old enough to babysit, I had several regular babysitting jobs which I loved. I couldn’t wait to start training to be a preschool teacher.
How long have you been working in this sector?
I have been working in this sector for 20 years! As soon as I graduated with a Diploma of Teaching (ECE), I started my first job working in the nursery of a busy preschool. Two years later I moved to an assistant supervisor position at another preschool, working with a small group of toddlers. I worked my way up to a supervisor role and a year later became the centre manager at Lollipops Blighs Road and have been here for 10 years!
What do you love most about what you do?
I love getting to know families and helping them with their childcare needs. I love seeing children move into the preschool until they are ready to start school and knowing that they have had the best possible opportunities here.
What are three things that set your centre apart?
The team here sets us apart! Everyone is passionate about what they do and works hard to build genuine relationships with the children and their families.
We are helping children grow up healthy and happy – we provide nutritious meals and lots of opportunities for physical activity as well as mindfulness!
Our Nursery area is the perfect home away from home for babies to grow and learn in!
What is your favourite time of year at the centre?
I love Christmas! The centre is transformed into a Christmas Grotto by the awesome team, there is Christmas music playing, decorations everywhere and everyone is so happy! We have a fantastic end of year Christmas Party with our preschool families.
What do you enjoy doing outside of work?
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family (I have four children, so life is very busy)! We like going for walks, bike rides and working in the garden so we love sunny days!
Diploma of Teaching (ECE) – Honours, Registered Teacher, First Aid Certificate