Centre Manager - First Grammar Westleigh
"Children are capable and resourceful learners who are active contributors to their own learning"
I strongly believe that every child has the right to a good education – and a solid start in life – to give them every opportunity to meet their potential. For me, it’s all about collaborating and forming meaningful partnerships with the families and communities.
My name is Jothy Chelvanayagam and I am the Centre Manager at First Grammar Westleigh.
I believe in providing an open-ended learning environment for the children, where they can freely explore and experiment and question out of curiosity.
Early childhood centres are well equipped with different learning resources and professional and qualified educators who can provide enhancing learning experiences for the children, supporting their holistic development. We provide access to the EYLF for the families, that have been placed in visible and accessible locations in the centre.
The programs in both our rooms incorporates all the curriculum aspects like Literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Creative Arts, Community and Culture and revolve around individual child’s interests. We also offer short term and long-term learning programs for the children to develop their focus and concentration, and continuity of learning.
I commenced working in early learning in 2000 and hold a Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood Education. During my career, I have had the opportunity to work with children across different age groups and a variety of areas in the early childhood field.
I believe that a teacher-child relationship is a two-way process for sharing knowledge and affection. I understand and acknowledge the fact that each child is unique with their own unique abilities to learn and grow, and we as educators, have the opportunity and the responsibility to ensure that each child is provided with opportunities to reach their full potential as lifelong learners.
We have a long-serving, qualified, passionate and multicultural and multilingual (Hindi, Nepalese, Mandarin) team members who provide an enriching learning environment for the children and reflect on diverse cultures and communities. It’s the sort of centre where everyone knows all the children, no matter which room they are in. We are such a close-knit team it feels like one big family.
The best part of my team is the teamwork they indulge in– open to diverse perspectives, committed and positive about their role as educators. The whole team sees their role as incredibly important, helping children establish the building blocks for a successful lifetime of learning.
We regularly hold celebrations to bring our families together as a local community. We also include family input in our program and involve them in running the program by inviting them to communicate and share aspects of culture and their jobs wherever relevant.
I look forward to meeting you and your family – and exploring how we can support you on your child’s learning journey – soon.
Fun fact: I like doing music and movement with the children and I also have a folder with all the songs that I collected over the years when working in the childcare industry.