Your Centre Team Shaun Butcher - Centre Director; Emma Bowles - Assistant Director; Cris Romao - Assistant Director.
Centre Director Shaun Butcher brings a wealth of business experience to Goodstart and is excited to meet the new families attending our Brisbane Adelaide Street centre.
Shaun holds a Bachelor of Education and has enjoyed working with children and young people across a range of educational, early learning, social service and sporting environments as early as 1995. “As a parent myself, I understand the trust and belief that is placed in us while caring for children and my aim is to ensure you and your child feel welcomed and a part of our centre community.”
“I’m excited to work with a dedicated team of educators, who are passionate about providing your child with high quality, engaging early learning and care. I strongly believe in the right of every child to have access to a safe, supportive learning environment that provides them with the best possible start in life.”
Shaun is busily preparing the team and centre in the lead up to opening and says “I look forward to welcoming all our families to our new, state-of-the art centre in the heart of the CBD.”
Assistant Director Emma Bowles brings plenty of experience with her to Brisbane Adelaide Street.
The 28-year-old opened a new centre at Double Bay, Sydney in 2015 and is proud of her achievements on the project. 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.
“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.”
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. “Children need to feel secure, loved and supported in all they do,” Cris said.
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.
Cris has visited the Brisbane inner-city centre and is excited about working in a state-of-the-art purpose-built property. 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.
“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.”