Child care educator reading to group of children in child care classroom at Papilio Ingleburn

Our People

Our People

Here at Papilio Early Learning Ingleburn we are a team of 11 full time educators. Each individual educator brings with them a distinct set of skills and interests which they implement into different aspects of the learning curriculum and into the centre. Many of our educators have worked at the centre for an extended period of time, including our Centre Manager Samantha Cummins who has worked at the centre since it opened in 2011. We come from a range of cultural backgrounds and enjoy challenging and supporting all children in our centre to achieve all learning outcomes regardless of race, ethnicity and age.

Meet our Centre Director

Elena Zamudio

Years in Childcare: 7

Qualification: Diploma in Early childhood education and studying a Bachelor of Education Birth – 6 years

What makes me passionate about Early Childhood Education? 
Early Childhood Education is my passion as I love to foster children’s development and growth. I believe that children learn in many different ways and as educators we are able to help them achieve goals that are set out for them by us as educators, their families and most importantly themselves. As an educator I love guiding educators in ensuring they are thinking outside the box to create exciting and new play spaces for children. It is inspiring to see educators who are passionate about early years education and watch how their rooms transform into amazing spaces for children to learn and grow.  

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? 
At Papilio Early learning Ingleburn we offer exceptional care for children. The centre itself has a homely feeling as you walk through, you are greeted by our qualified educators who are always happy and having fun. We believe that all children belong in our environment and show this by creating exciting and inclusive experiences for all children to foster their growth and development in the early years. Our flexible programs and routines ensure that all children’s needs are met along with providing a diverse nutritional menu.  As O.Fred Donalson said “Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn”. 

Meet our Assistant Campus Director

Meet our Assistant Campus Director

Name: Courtney Charlton
Qualifications: ​Diploma in Early Childhood Education 
Years in childcare: 8 years

What makes me passionate about Early Childhood Education? 
I am deeply passionate about supporting and encouraging all children’s uniqueness through providing challenging learning experiences following each child’s values, thoughts and ideas. I strongly believe that it is my responsibility to assist children to communicate with the world, using all their potential, strengths and languages and to overcome any obstacle presented by our culture. I achieve this through building close partnerships with the families within the service and the wider community to assist the children in reaching their full potential and aim at achieving all developmental areas and learning outcomes.
I also believe we can assist all children to reach their full potential through identifying the different ways in which each child learns and provide them the opportunity throughout their learning environments and interacts to learn accordingly. 

What makes Papilio different from other childcare providers?
I believe what makes Papilio different from other childcare providers is the homely feeling you feel as soon as you walk through the door. We offer exceptional care for all children, valuing and respecting each child’s rights to an individual program through flexible programs and routines to ensure each child is provided the opportunity to reach their full potential. Our Healthy Children framework ensures a holistic combination of events, incursions and activities take place here at Papilio throughout each year, appropriate to each age group.
Meet our Third in Charge and Educational Leader

Meet our Third in Charge and Educational Leader

Name: Tara Hartnett
Qualifications: ​Cert 3 in Early Childhood Education and Studying a Diploma of Early Childhood Education
Years in childcare: 3 years

What makes me passionate about early childhood education?
The thing that makes me passionate about early childhood education is You can truly see when someone cares about the learning that's unfolding and how there is so much to gain from teaching little people. It's about the love of learning, the curiosity and the joy that comes from the children, and you get to be a part of that experience.” “Being part of that learning is rewarding. ⁃ I wanted to work in an atmosphere where I could empower and help children grow while making a real difference to our community and the next generation. What do you consider important when communicating with children? ⁃ Effective communication builds understanding and trust. When you and parents understand and trust each other, you'll all be better able to work together to support children's wellbeing and development. Communication with children and babies is essential to their relationships and development. By having that Good communication it involves listening and talking in ways that make children feel important and valued and that is the most important thing that you could show a child.

What do you consider important when communicating with children?
At Papilio Early Learning Ingleburn, Communication with the children needs to be very effective as it builds understanding and trust. Working together with families requires trust, connection and communication. Through this we can confidently support each other in supporting children in their well-being and development. I believe that communication with families and their children allow children to feel valued and important and that is the most important thing you could show children.