Our People

Our People

Known throughout the local area for our warm and friendly team, our educators believe in kindness and inclusiveness. We love working with children and aim to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and encourages every child to be comfortable with being themselves. We encourage them to take the next step, knowing that we’re always right there beside them.

Our outlook is one of respect for children, their families and their cultural backgrounds. They are important parts of each child’s life and our educators actively promote an understanding of this.

Meet Our Centre Manager

Mariella Polistena

Centre Manager

Years in childcare: 15 years (over 5 years as Centre Manager)

Qualifications: Certificate III (working towards a Bachelor of Education through Swinburne University)

What makes you passionate about working in childcare? As a young girl, when asked “what do you want to be when you grow up?” I would always respond by saying “A teacher!”. I have always seen my own teachers being a positive influence, knowledgeable, helpful and caring, all the qualities I admire in a person. I started working in childcare at 16 years old and have since raised my own family with four bright and confident children. I believe if children are provided with the right support, education and experiences from birth they will be able to dream big and become anything they wish to be. It is rewarding to know that my role as a Centre Manager helps to shape the lives of others, knowing this makes me want to strive for greatness every day!

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? Having worked in childcare for so many years I can recall many funny and memorable moments, however, I do recall a particular time when all the staff and educators dressed up as characters from the story ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ by Eric Carle and role played the story for the children who were mesmerised and thoroughly enjoyed the story. I love dressing up with the children, dancing and playing around, it’s always a real hoot!

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? Our centre is bursting with educators and staff who are dedicated to acting in the best interests of all children. Families often tell us how much their children look forward to coming to day care and how they have connected with their studio educators in a positive way. We always strive for continuous improvement. We give families the opportunity to build strong relationships with the centre’s educators and other children and families who attend as we hold many festive and cultural celebrations throughout the year and encourage families to join us and share their talents and skills. Families often tell us that they love feeling connected through Storypark, which is how we capture and share all the magical moments created each and every day!