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Gillian Harwood:

WEMOOSH Islington SITE MANAGER

Gillian has been working at WEMOOSH since 2018 (almost 3 years).

As Coordinator of WEMOOSH Islington, Gill manages a pack-away service that runs from a school hall and she does an amazing job of it. Her entire program has to be portable and flexible at all times, and she does it all with enthusiasm and a smile. Gill brings her interests to WEMOOSH to enhance the program, which include music, anime, art, comedy, pop culture and exploring new things and places. Gill's specialty at WEMOOSH is creating engaging dramatic play environments for children to explore, imagine and create their own worlds through play; she incorporates music and singing into activities and focuses on building positive relationships with families and children.

Qualifications:

  • Certificate IV in School-Age Education and Care [TAFE NSW]

  • Diploma in School-Age Education and Care (currently studying) [TAFE NSW]

  • HLTAID001 (Provide CPR, 2019) [H&A Training]

  • HLTAID003 (Provide First Aid, 2019) [H&A Training]

  • HLTAID004 (Provide Emergency First Aid Response in an Education and Care Setting 2019) [H&A Training]

Professional Development:​​

  • Working with Controlling and Aggressive Behaviours [Complex Care]

  • Basic Type 1 Diabetes Management in Schools [Australian Paediatric Society]

Gillian's Philosophy:

"I believe that play and providing children with opportunities for play is at the foundation of my philosophy. Play develops self-worth and provides opportunity for children to become what they want to be and what they imagine to be, in a creative and spontaneous way.

"Play promotes the opportunity to develop the child socially and emotionally and provides valuable opportunities for developing life skills.

"Children should be given every opportunity to connect with nature. This allows for children to respond positively to challenges and to manage risk and cope with change. 

"I embed the 8 Aboriginal Ways of Learning into my teaching and programming, and value the perspectives and learning that is provided through this framework as it provides a more holistic approach to learning. 

"I support your children in becoming environmentally responsible and show respect for the environment.

"Sustainable practices are used in children’s daily routine and used in their day-to-day activities. 

"I value diversity; there is no place for bias, inequality, exclusion, discrimination or stereotypical attitudes. I accept each family’s uniqueness and support the family as a whole.

"Over the years, my role at OOSH has changed, but I still believe it is the perfect blend of play and learning. I get to program and use my skills as a teacher to build on children's development and then watch it unfold and observe children having fun and not realise they are learning."