Guardian Childcare & Education

In Conversation with Amanda Ruddock Centre Manager of St Clair

13th June 2019

Amanda Ruddock is the Centre Manager for St Clair, an open-plan centre which features a baking station, a water pump, a creek bed, vegetable gardens and light panels. Amanda took a few minutes out of her busy day to share insights on her career background, her education approach and a few fun facts.

Tell us about your time working in early childcare and education so far and what inspires you each day?

I have had the privilege of working in the early years industry for close to 20 years now. I have worked alongside some phenomenal Educators who have inspired, taught and shared with me priceless advice over the years. Their support and guidance has helped me get to where I am today as Centre Manager of St Clair.

When I commenced my journey as a Lead Educator, I had the opportunity to explore the role across many age groups. As someone in a leadership role, I hope to share my knowledge, passion, enthusiasm and of course a good sense of humour, to our service at St Clair.

Children inspire me daily as they are our future, and through our provocations and interactions they learn and grow. We as Educators have the privilege of sharing in children’s knowledge. It is an amazing opportunity that inspires me every day to be a better person and Educator that positively influences our future generations.

What have you learnt about children during your early childcare and education career and how would you sum up your approach/passion to helping them on their learning, emotional, social and life journey?

As Educators in early childhood, we have such a unique opportunity to create lasting memories for children in our care. Children are the future, and through our actions we can empower the children of today to become strong, confident and loved adults through our quality curriculums and learning opportunities. I am a firm believer that children are capable and competent young members of society who can achieve anything that they put their minds to. Our centre provides a wide range of learning opportunities that create challenges and encourage exploration in a motivating and inspiring atmosphere.

What are you most excited about working with children on/teaching children about and why?

As an Educator, I have one of the most rewarding jobs in the world. I’m particularly passionate about planning and curriculum. I find researching, planning and developing a curriculum based on the interests of children to be very rewarding. When we truly engage with children, we know what inspires, motivates and ignites them to learn and discover, and through this knowledge the opportunities are endless.

5 quick fun facts about Amanda

  1. I am an Adelaide Crows supporter.
  2. I could be a great bus driver, as I know Adelaide roads a little too well (I always know a shortcut to get somewhere).
  3. I’m a tragic romantic – give me a good romance movie any day.
  4. My favourite movie is Top Gun and I always cry when Goose dies.
  5. I love a delicious meal accompanied by a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (Shaw and Smith – keep it local) in one of Adelaide’s nice restaurants.

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