Meet Emma, Director-in-Training at Explorers Brighton East

Emma is one of Explorers Early Learning’s freshest recruits. With a previous history of working together, Emma will be joining forces with Centre Director, Skye Bennett as the Director-In-Training at our brand-new centre, Explorers Brighton East.

Emma is currently enjoying time at Explorers Armadale House, immersing herself in the Explorers philosophy before moving to our new Brighton East centre when it opens in December. Emma will continue to work within the classrooms of Explorers Brighton East, using her extensive teaching experience to educate and interact with the children.

Originally from New Zealand, Emma loves to travel home to see her family, play competitive soccer and share her passion for life with the children she educates.


How long have you been in the industry? I have worked in early education for 7 years.

What roles have you worked in? I’ve been a Second in Charge, Lead Educator, Co-Educator, Sports Coach, Staff Social Co-ordinator and part of a Staff Leadership Team. I’ve worked with all age groups, from 0 to 6 years.

What do you love most about working at Explorers Early Learning so far? I love the passion shared by educators and the warmth it has as soon as you step inside.  

What is a project you’ve worked on with the children that you are really proud of? I conducted a community project with a class of two year olds, which stemmed from the children’s love of the book ‘The Lorax’ by Dr Seuss. We spread the message ‘stop cutting down the trees’ throughout the community, taking the train into the local town to hand out flyers the children had made themselves. It was truly beautiful.

What is your personal teaching philosophy? My personal philosophy is largely based around relationships. I am a strong believer in creating positive, trusting relationships with children, families and other educators. I use this as a platform for teaching.

I also believe having beautiful environments plays a huge part in children’s learning and development. I think these environments need to be relaxed and flexible and this is when the most valuable interactions and experiences take place.

What are some of your favourite things to do when you aren’t working? I love to play soccer, try new restaurants and go camping!

What is one of your strengths? I am adaptable.

What are your career goals within the industry? To become a Centre Director. I’d also love to facilitate sports programs within early education centres.

Are you interested in experiencing career progression like Emma’s? Or working at Explorers Armadale House or Brighton East? Sign up to our careers portal today!

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