Child care educator and young child in outdoor play area at Papilio Meadowbank

Our People

Our People

Here at Papilio Early Learning Meadowbank, we share a strong passion for shaping the minds of young children. We have been operating for 9 years and are excited to always welcome new families. Our team are experienced staff members who continuously strive to improve their skills and knowledge in childcare.

Meet our Campus Director

Name: Ashlee Unwin
 
Qualifications: Diploma in Early Childhood Education and studying ECT

Years in childcare: 5.5 
 
What makes me passionate about Early Childhood Education? 


I am passionate about early childhood education as I believe it is my responsibility to provide the children within my care with a warm, safe caring and positive learning experience that allows children to grow, develop and strive for their full potential. I believe that each child is an individual and as an educator I will value and develop strengths, interests, skills, abilities, and knowledge to extend their learning. In conjunction with the code of ethics I strive to model inclusiveness, respect, patients, care a positive outlook for both children and adults within service. As an educator I will set up high quality classroom environment that allows children to grow, learn and explore at their own pace and developmental level. Every child is a unique individual and should be viewed, respected, and treated as such, children have the right to have their individual needs meet, while being holistically supported, nurtured and cared for.  Following the children’s interest to support your curriculums, that support the guidelines set by ACECQA, National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework which is lead from children’s interest through interactions and play based experiences. I believe that children should be given choices, responsibilities, and opportunities to lead their own learning. I firmly believe in an open-door policy and that no child should be turned away or discriminated against any reason. Encouraging and supporting children to explore and take ownership of their cultural identity and celebrating their difference and their uniqueness is an important part of early childhood. Children need that assurance of being loved and cared for while they are enjoying an educational environment. Teaching children is my passion. Security and trust is very important components as well with every relationship with each child.

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? 
Because we go above and beyond in all areas. We believe that children learn best through play so ensure educators are comfortable and confident in setting up and arranging enriching meaningful environments for children to explore amongst. We also ensure educators feel supported and valued which creates a positive environment amongst the service. We pride our service in imbedding exceeding practises each day to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our children. We also believe parents/families play a huge part of our service, so pride ourselves on building and maintaining strong and secure relationships with them as well as asking for their input towards our curriculums and feedback on everyday practice.

Meet our Assistant Campus Director

Meet our Assistant Campus Director

Name: Cara-Alise Musumeci
Qualifications: ​Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Years in childcare: 7.5 years

What makes me passionate about Early Childhood Education?
I am passionate about Early Childhood Education as I love providing children with enriching learning environments and strong and secure relationships to help them thrive in their development. As an Early Childhood Educator, I believe it is my duty of care to provide children with safe, loving, nurturing and positive learning environments to provide them with the best opportunities for learning and to maintain secure and safe relationships with them. I believe children learn best through play and utilising our environments. As an educator I pride myself in setting up meaningful environments that allow children to explore, grow and learn both independently and in group play. Whilst maintaining many strong and secure relationships and supporting children in reaching their developmental goals and extending learning, I believe it is so important to ensure children are respected culturally, developmentally, socially, and emotionally. I ensure all families and children feel safe, secure, and supported around me and feels welcome to approach me about anything at all. I am a strong believer in open communication and being an active listener to ensure everyone feels heard, valued, and appreciated. 

What makes Papilio different from other childcare providers?
Papilio is the most supportive and encouraging company I have ever worked for. They truly believe in you as a person, your abilities and pride themselves in ensuring you grow within the company and reach your full potential. Since joining Papilio, I have always felt supported, heard, and valued and I truly believe that this is the most important aspect to look for when joining a company. Papilio is also very inclusive and open to change when it comes to implementing new practices to reach exceeding levels. I absolutely love being a part of this team!
Meet our Third in Charge

Meet our Third in Charge

Name: Zoe Aubry
Qualifications: ​Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Years in childcare: 2 years

What makes me passionate about Early Childhood Education? 
Our children are the future leaders of our world and nurturing their passion for education is to me the most rewarding and essential aspect of being an Early Childhood Educator. Watching children grow and explore the world around them with the support of educators and their families is both fulfilling and eye-opening as children see the world in a way we can only imagine. Nurturing this imagination and learning for me is the core value of being an Early Childhood Educator and keeps me passionate about all aspects of my job.
 
What do you consider important when communicating with children?
Children communicate through a range of means whether it is through words, art or play and encouraging these different forms of communication keeps the conversations flowing. Understanding a childs interests and abilities, challenging them when possible, promotes their autonomy and their confidence within their skills allowing them to communicate in whatever way they choose.
Meet our Educational Leader

Meet our Educational Leader

Name: Isabella Vittozzi
Qualifications: ​Diploma in Early Childhood Education and studying towards ECT
Years in childcare: 2 years

What makes me passionate about Early Childhood Education?   
As an early childhood educator, I am passionate about having a supportive environment for children learning and development. Learning environments for children should be warm and inviting to support children to feel safe, secure, and supported. I am passionate that each individual child needs a secure, caring, and stimulating environment in which they will grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. I value each child for who they are as a person and what makes them different. I believe all children have a voice that we respect and value as an individual. Encouraging children to have a sense of belonging within the centre supports the children to open pathways to respectful and reciprocal relationships with others. Educational programs and curriculum should cater to each individual needs guided by the Early Year Learning Framework. All these different accepts collaborate to provide the children with the best possible learning opportunities.  As an early childhood educator, I am passionate about the holistic approach to teaching and learning. I pay attention to the children's physical, social, emotional, personal, and spiritual well-being.  
 
How would you apply the National Quality Standards and the EYLF for educational programming?   
As the educational leader is it my responsibility to ensure we are providing the children with the best possible practices through our educational programs. I ensure that educational programs and practices are stimulating and engaging, enhances children’s learning and development, and meets children’s individual learning and development needs. When planning and programming the 7 quality areas come into play as we think about all the elements around our practices. Within Papilio Meadowbank, we create and review our centre, children, and educator philosophies by the guidance of the national quality standards and the EYLF.