Jenna and Katie are excited to be leading the Emu Room in 2018 to ‘big school’ and beyond!

Katie has been an educator for 12 years, coming up to her third year at Columba Cottage while Jenna, an educator for almost nine years has worked at Columba Cottage since 2011.

Some families may recognise Jenna as our Assistant Director and Educational Leader at Columba Cottage but after extensive learning in her role, Jenna has realised she misses spending her days in the rooms with the children. She is most looking forward to using all of her hard work as an Educational Leader into practice as she plans and programs for the Emu Room children with her team.

For Katie, her favourite part of the day at Columba Cottage is morning table activity time. The educators set up a variety of learning experiences, often with an element of school-readiness involved and allow the children to explore and discover their own learning. While Katie doesn’t consider herself a creative, she does love seeing the children at craft time and says its rewarding to witness the children’s individuality come out in their artworks.

Jenna also enjoys mornings at the Centre, with drop off time her favourite part of the day. “Smiling faces, warm embraces and guiding the children to play as they say goodbye to their parents and trust in you to do so without tears is such a meaningful experience” Jenna explains. Jenna enjoys open-ended resource activities and watching how the children tinker and experiment to explore ideas and make sense of their world.