Position: Teacher and Educational Leader
Qualifications: Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Diploma of Children’s Services.
My name is Lauren Steward and I hold a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education and a Diploma of Children’s Services. I have worked in early education for ten years and have taught at Mount Martha Preschool since 2015. I currently teach both the three and four-year-old programs. I value an open-ended, play-based approach within my curriculum development. This approach supports children to build cooperative relationships and develops confidence; it encourages problem-solving, creativity and lateral thinking.
I place great importance on ongoing professional learning and endeavour to further my knowledge and experience whenever I can. My passion for the outdoors has taken me to England where I took part in study tours to observe and experience ‘nature’s kindergarten’. I have also participated in training emphasising the importance of outdoor play within children’s services. I provide opportunities within each session to foster a deep and respectful connection to nature within the children I teach.
I love the community feel of Mount Martha Preschool and value the support we receive from both the parent and the wider community alike. I believe that a sense of community and belonging impacts very positively on the experiences of our children. Our kindergarten program encourages children to become active members of the community, promoting independence and interpersonal skills.
During my time away from kindergarten, you will find me feeding my chickens, following the football and exploring antique stores to find the perfect cup and saucer.