BOMBALA Preschool has a new team eager to educate and care for the smallest members of our community.
The community-based child care centre has welcomed new director Marnie Moreing and teacher’s assistant Lisa Sanderson.
Ms Moreing, who grew up in Cathcart, is happy to be back teaching in her home town.
“I actually went to preschool here so it’s a little weird,” Ms Moreing said.
“I love it so far,” she said.
“It’s a lot more work than I imagined, in terms of office work, because it’s a community-based child care centre, but it’s an exciting opportunity.
“It’s pretty amazing to teach kids at this age and it’s great to be back home, I’ve definitely missed home while being away studying.”
Ms Moreing recently graduated from the University of Canberra where she gained a Bachelor of Early Childhood and is excited to bring some fresh new ideas to the child care facility.
“I’m hoping in spring time to develop a garden on the school grounds so that the kids can grow vegetables and eventually we can do some small cooking classes with the kids,” she said.
“We will be cooking healthy foods and maybe making jams.
“These are really great skills for maths that kids can use everyday.”
Ms Moreing believes that preschool is a great opportunity for children to discover the joys of learning.
“At this age it’s an important foundation level of learning and we are encouraging the kids to learn through investigation and interactive play with each other,” she said.
“These are all important skills to learn and benefit them for the rest of their educational lives.”
Also joining the new team at Bombala Preschool is experienced teacher’s assistant Lisa Sanderson.
The 34-year-old moved to Bombala from Tumut with her husband last year and is excited about working with the youngest members of the Bombala community.
“I’ve worked in the industry for two years and I used to be a room leader in a long day care centre,” she said.
“I had 16-plus children on any one day so this is a little different but it’s wonderful.
“I feel like I have been working here forever and the parents have been so welcoming.”
The Bombala Preschool current has 29 students enrolled and Mrs Sanderson hopes to introduce the children to some of her South African culture.
“I am originally from South Africa and I hope to teach the children a little bit about my culture and maybe even teach them to say ‘hello’ or ‘thank you’ in Afrikaans,” she said.
“I absolutely love teaching children this age and even though at times it can be emotionally draining, it’s very rewarding.”