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Lisa: child care centre manager

Lisa: child care centre manager

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Lisa Perkins standing in the classroom

Order in the house!

Becoming Director at a child care centre has been quite a change for Lisa Perkins, after 15 years as a kindergarten teacher.

“I do miss the teaching side of things,” she says, “but being a manager has its rewards.”

Lisa has been the Director at First Learnings, a day centre in East St Kilda, for 18 months and it’s her job to ensure everything runs smoothly and to plan.

“You’re making sure the centre is running to its full capacity, that you’ve got the correct staff on a daily basis and that you adhere to all the rules and regulations.”

Lisa says her job requires a lot of administration and attention to meeting regulated standards, especially in the areas of occupational health and safety, food service and ensuring that teacher/child ratios are met.

Her other main concern as a manager is dealing with issues that arise with staff, parents and, of course, the centre’s 60 young children.

“You need a great deal of patience and tolerance and good leadership skills and you also need to have that passion for education.”

It’s demanding work, but Lisa says a job well done is its own reward.

“I get satisfaction from the end result - that it’s running well and the staff, the children and the parents are all happy.”

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