Panania Preschool-Kindergarten operates within the local Panania community. We are a passionate, family owned and operated service providing quality loving care for over 52 years. Caring for only 36 children from 2 – 5 years old, we pride ourselves on really getting to know our families and children to deliver the best possible early childhood experience we can
Hi, my name is Kara and I’m the Owner of Panania Preschool-Kindergarten. I’ve been working in the Early childhood field since 1992, although my connection to children developed much earlier – even as a toddler would line up dolls and “play school”.
Throughout my career, I have worked in numerous positions in the sector and attained my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood).
I spent my primary and high school years babysitting and went to Bankstown and Randwick Tafe part-time from 1992-1995 where I completed a Diploma of Social Studies (Child Care).
During these years I worked full-time at in a childcare centre in Panania as an educator. Once I had completed my studies I took on various positions at local centres before becoming the Director of a Child Care Centre at Lugarno in 1995.
During this time as a Director, I decided to further my knowledge and learning about children and studied part time for 6 years and graduated from the University of Western Sydney with a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood), graduating with a High Distinction.
It was during my time studying at university my love for Steiner Education. Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner recognised the need for education to enable children to become free and autonomous human beings, able to impart purpose and direction in their lives. This approach is highly valued to develop flexible and agile thinking and an ability to collaborate and thrive in the 21st century.
In 1999 while studying at university, I took on a Coordinators position at a Before and After School Care (not-for-profit organisation) to gain experience with school aged children and further develop my leadership skills. To this day, I am a consultant to the team at the same Before & After School Care Centre.
I moved into teaching in public schools and enjoyed the experience, always enjoying teaching Kindergarten and year 1 class. In 2013 I was asked to widen my teaching knowledge and become a hearing-iterant teacher working alongside children with hearing loss in both primary and high schools. This was a wonderful opportunity although it wasn’t long before I missed connecting and teaching the younger children and decided to leave teaching in schools and return to my passion for early childhood settings.