“Since joining Kidsfirst I’ve grown a lot. When I started out I was fresh from college with a lot of head knowledge – but being in the workforce has really helped to develop my practical skills.”
“The benefit of a kindergarten environment is that everyone is fully trained, which has a great impact on the way we work with the children, and our access to training. The professional development keeps us up-to-date and allows us to offer quality in everything we do.”
Geoff says the biggest thing motivating him is the effect he has upon the children he teaches, and the communities he serves. “I really enjoy coming into work to see the smiles of the children and to know I can make a positive difference in their lives – to encourage them and lay the foundations for life-long learning.”
“Kidsfirst really empower children to be the best they can be. It’s a great organisation with a great history. It’s awesome to work within a community where local kids come to play and learn.” Geoff says he feels valued and supported by the Association – and believes he’s well looked after. “Management is always there to help and guide us. They encourage us to achieve our goals – sending us on courses and to other kindergartens if need be.”
“I also belong to a men’s group where a few of us get together to have a good catch-up, and to discuss issues relating to men in early childhood education. It’s a good morale and support thing – a bit of bonding.”
Geoff believes it’s really important that children have positive male influences – and says families appreciate this too. “Fathers feel at ease talking to me – I can relate well to them and understand where they’re coming from. We often see a few more fathers wanting to contribute and get involved.”
After just six years, Geoff is now a Head Teacher and is still as passionate about Kidsfirst as he was the day he started. “I really enjoy working for Kidsfirst and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to start or further their career in early childhood education.
Kidsfirst offers stability and new challenges in a supportive and professional environment.” “Since becoming a Head Teacher I’ve really had to step-up to provide leadership and guidance to my team.
Looking into the future, I hope to become a Professional Leader so I can help a whole range of teams, families and children within our community.”