At Hampton Community Kindergarten the child is at the heart of all that we do. We hold the spirit of the child as integral to our planning and resourcing of the environment. We believe that each child is unique, coming to us with formed understandings and knowing about the world around them. They are strong, capable and experts in their own thinking. We do not take away from the of the child; instead we give infinitely, through stories, the creation of natural landscapes for interaction, and deeply embedding an immeasurable respect to land, culture and heritage. We use empowering language that builds a kaleidoscope of trust, resilience, and expertise for every child.
Our programs are reliant on the emerging interests of the children and community. We create a space for children to explore through a play-based program, which links ideas and theories from a global pedagogy. Fundamental to our planning is the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework which sets the highest expectation for each child. It identifies five key learning outcomes for all children:
It goes without saying that each of our educators carry the necessary qualifications for their role within our kindergarten. What is perhaps more important, is that each of them also brings their whole heart and a wealth of expertise to our community and the children they care for. We would like you to meet the people who hold the most important roles within our kindergarten and so asked each of our teaching team to write a short piece introducing themselves.
Christina Negritas - Director
I chose Early Childhood Education when I was 4 years old. My passion and enthusiasm for education has not faltered since that moment. In fact, it only seems to grow with each passing year.
Children carry a wisdom about life that is unparalleled in its exquisiteness and it is a privilege to back in this beauty each and every single day.
I could choose no other human being to admire more than my very own mum. She has a strength of character that I only aspire too. To this day, she calls to sing good morning to me, ask me if I’ve eaten something delicious and make sure I’m dressed warmly enough. It is all the love in her heart that carries me around this wonderful life.
It has been said by various people that it is my patience which strikes them as admirable. I could not disagree; sometimes my patience even surprises me!
A perfect day?
It would have to be rainy as I’m waking up, the smell of coffee in the air and Leonard Cohen singing me out of bed. It would include a lot of laughter with my family. Something delicious cooking in the oven, warming up the kitchen with a beautiful aroma and all the people I love would be gathered around a long table eating pumpkin seeds from the shell and talking loudly over the top of each other.
I chose to teach Early Childhood Education because it makes me happy. I love coming to work everyday and sharing in all these wonderful milestones and learning moments with the children.
I admire my mum the most in life because I was hard to handle as a child; she supported me and stood by my side until I could go my own way.
I am really good at bringing people together; I spend a lot of my personal time doing things with groups of friends and other families.
I love being in nature, with friends and eating good food and so my perfect day would be to walk the Camino from France to Spain with a bunch of people I like.
I have always loved being around young children. I love their sense of adventure and wonder at trying new things.
Their sense of fun, watching them absorb experiences, information and making connections with other children and adults. It is also very satisfying establishing relationships with families.
I enjoy being around people who motivate, inspire and make me smile and believe that my strongest personal quality is that I truly am a people person.
A perfect day to me would be waking up to sunshine, feeling motivated to do some outdoor exercise, spending some recreational time with family and friends. Achieving a task that I had planned for that day, my motto is to share a laugh and a smile with someone every day.
Some of my favourite memories include cubby building, my Mum and Grandma singing and reading amazing stories to my sister and I; and at the age of 6, going to the local shops by myself to buy groceries for the house.
I chose Early Childhood Education because I think children are amazing and have a lot to teach us. I believe we can help the world by investing all that we can in our children.
I believe all children deserve a lot of people in their lives who nurture, love and believe in them for whom they are now and who they will be when they are all grown up. And I still love to play.
The people I admire most in life are my husband, my Mum and my Grandma.
I think my strongest personal quality is that I make an effort to be kind, empathetic and honest.
Early Childhood Education is where I’m at my cheerful best (and believe me I’ve tried a number of other jobs along the way).
I admire my Mum. She remains cheerful no matter what. And there’s been a lot of “what” which is perhaps why my strongest personal quality is my humour.
A Perfect Day?
A perfect day looks like this; laughter, singing, dancing, good company, learn something and accomplish something. It the sun is shining, well, that’s just a bonus!
I chose Early Childhood Education because I want to make a difference in the lives of each and every child that I meet.
I want to support the growth of each individual so they are able to sprout into their fullest potential.
I believe I am the influence that can open their minds to new experiences and possibilities.
Jimi Hendrix is my absolute idol because he was able to play pretty much everything on the guitar right or left handed. It shows that if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything.
I am great at having fun, even through I enjoy being a big kid, when that time comes that I’m needed to be the comforter, the supporter and the role model, it’s just as much fun!
A Perfect Day?
A perfect day to me is waiting at the airport, knowing that I am about to experience a new part of this wonderful world.