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Educator in the Spotlight: Nidya Kurniasari from Kent Street

4th January 2018

Nidya educator at Kent Street Early Learning Centre

Nidya Kurniasari is a passionate educator who’s been at our Kent Street Early Learning Centre for six colourful years. At our recent NSW Educator Awards Night, Nidya was awarded Educator of the Year alongside Ellen Wonson (Acre Woods Pymble) and Rebekah Drysdale (Walker Street).

We chat to Nidya to find out a bit more about her time at Kent Street, what she loves about early childhood education and exactly what superpower she’s want if she could just have one.

Tell us a bit about your career background.

I started my career in marketing and hospitality and then changed to early childhood education as a trainee at Kent Street.

Why did you decide to pursue early childhood education?

I decided to pursue early childhood education because I enjoy spending time with children and helping children in their environment.

Why is early childhood education important to you?

Early childhood education is important to me because I believe the early years of life are the most important for learning. The emotional, social and physical development of young children has a big effect on their overall development and on the adults they will become.

What’s one of your favourite things about working in early childhood education?

One of my favourite things about working in early childhood education is watching the children grow and learn.

How long have you been at Kent Street for?

I’ve been at Kent Street for six years.

What do you love most about Kent Street?

What I love most about Kent Street is the people – they are a pleasure to work with. My team are social, knowledgeable and caring. We all work hard and support each other. They are my family!

If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

Up in the sky! My one superpower would be flying so I could travel anywhere, anytime and fly around the world to help random people.

What’s made you laugh recently?

The children! They say very funny things all the time, sometimes they are like little adults!

What’s your signature dish?

My signature dish is “nasi goreng” literally meaning fried rice in Indonesian. It’s easy, fast and tasty. You just need leftover rice!

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