Your Centre Team Emma Bowles and Cris Romao
With two young children of her own aged four and two-and-a-half years old, Cris Romao knows only too well the importance of creating safe, secure environments.
And that will be her focus as Assistant Director of Goodstart Early Learning Adelaide St, Brisbane.
“Children need to feel secure, loved and supported in all they do,” Cris said. “And as an Assistant Director, looking after the babies to three-year-olds, that will be my goal.”
It will be a big move for Chris.
While she has been in the early learning environment for 21 years, she has never lived in Brisbane, and said moving her family up to Queensland was a big decision.
She has owned a centre in Sydney and has a house in the Blue Mountains.
“It is a big move for all of us and I didn’t want to do it unless I knew it was the right decision,” she said. “But this just feels right and I know it will work out well for us. I will get the support I need at Goodstart and my children will get a good education.”
Cris has visited the Brisbane inner-city centre and is excited about working in a state-of-the-art purpose-built property.
“For me, it will not be about working in the middle of the city, we will have a nice homely feel and make sure there are plenty of natural experiences for children.”
With a masters in psych pedagogy, a combination of pedagogy and psychology, and a degree in early childhood education, Cris will bring a new lens to the centre.
“I like the philosophy of Goodstart – that it is not-for-profit and that all of the profits go back to the families and the service,” she said.
Her teaching philosophy is: while we play we learn, while we learn we grow, and when we grow we get closer to knowledge and empowerment.
“My hope while working at Goodstart Adelaide St is to build a state-of-the-art educational facility with love, play and fun, while supporting and empowering educators to reach their life goals.”
Assistant Director Emma Bowles joins the team at Goodstart Early Learning’s brand new Adelaide Street, Brisbane, centre and brings plenty of experience with her.
The 28-year-old opened a new centre at Double Bay, Sydney in 2015 and is proud of her achievements on the project. During her time there, she saw the enrolments increase from just two children per day, to more than 100 children every day.
“When I look back on how far we have come and the community we have created, I feel very proud,” Emma said.
“But when the opportunity arose to go back to Brisbane and be a part of the Adelaide Street opening, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
“I hope to use the knowledge and experience I have gained during this opening to help support my Centre Director, Shaun and team in establishing the Adelaide Street Centre as the early learning provider of choice in the Brisbane CBD.“
“I’m really looking forward to working within this new building and think the facilities on offer will be fantastic,” Emma said. “For me, as the educational leader of the three to five years olds, it’s going to be a great challenge but one that I really can’t wait for.”
She said building connections with the families, and the greater community, will be one of the biggest challenges she will face in the first few months of opening.
Emma, who was born in Mackay and has previously worked for Goodstart in Brisbane, said she hopes to use the knowledge and experience she has gained in Double Bay to establish the Adelaide Street Centre as the early learning provider of choice in the Brisbane CBD.
“My vision for any early learning service that I have worked in is that there are infinite opportunities for children, families, educators and the community to learn and develop together.
“My personal philosophy centres on this with a strong focus also on establishing authentic and meaningful connections with all of the above. This is what influences my programs and practice and are the things I am most passionate about.”
She will also be looking forward to spending time with her extended Brisbane family, and once the centre is successfully up and running, planning her next holiday.
“I really love travelling and make it a priority outside of work,” Ms Bowles said. “I have been to south east Asia and South Africa, and lived in England for six months working as a nanny in the country side which was amazing.”