Director shortlisted for national teaching award
A desire to impart a love of learning to young children and a dedicated approach to best practice pedagogy has helped a director from Goodstart Early Learning on the Gold Coast to be shortlisted for a national teaching award.
Centre director at Goodstart Hope Island, Pollyann Webb, is one of 36 teachers who have been shortlisted in the 2016 ASG National Excellence in Teaching State and Territory Awards this year.
Ms Webb, who has worked in the early learning sector for 10 years and has been a director at Goodstart for six years, said she was overjoyed to be acknowledged for dedication to her profession.
“I’ve always taken great enjoyment and personal satisfaction in helping to care for children and especially to help create a foundation for a love a learning from a young age.
“The first five years of a child’s life are so important in terms of the way a child’s brain develops. As educators we play a vital role in creating positive early experiences that support children’s development and functioning to guide them in the early years and throughout life,” Ms Webb said.
“At Goodstart Hope Island we have a wonderful team of educators who really go above and beyond to get children passionate about learning through our play-based curriculum. It is so rewarding when you see a child’s inner curiosity ignited and the impact it has on their confidence and their own capacity to learn.
“I’m truly honoured to have been shortlisted and would like to sincerely thank my fellow educators and of course all of our families who entrust their children in our care every day, it is a great privilege,” she said.
The winners of the ASG NEiTA National Award will be announced on 10 March 2017. The awards are separated into early childhood, primary and secondary categories and recognise and celebrate high quality teaching.
ASG NEiTA chairman, Allen Blewitt says the awards also highlight the positive relationships which have been built.
“ASG NEiTA is one of the only channels where the community gets to express their gratitude through nominating an inspirational teacher, educator, principal or centre director. These awards go from strength-to-strength because they celebrate outstanding teachers whose positive influence can last a lifetime.”
Goodstart Hope Island provides high quality early and care to 70 children in the local community. The centre is rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard by Australia’s National Quality Framework (NQF).
The centre offers positive parenting to seminars to families within the community as Ms Webb is a facilitator of the highly regarded Triple P Positive Parenting Program
. The centre is also one of four early learning centres on the Gold Coast chosen to offer the Positive Living Skills Program
sponsored FSG Australia. This program aims to create habitual positive, healthy supportive behaviours by guiding children to learn how to self-direct their own thinking process, emotions and actions.
Parents or carers who would like more information about the parenting seminars or programs on offer at Goodstart Hope Island are encouraged to contact the centre directly for more information.