Our People

Our People

Our people

We are a team of friendly, fully qualified educators focused on providing wonderful early learning experiences. As a community-oriented team, we create an environment where every child can feel welcome and understood. We love creating supportive relationships with each child in our care and celebrating their well-earned milestones with them.

Meet our Centre Manager

Maria Martak-Krumins

Years in childcare: 10 years

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma in Children's Services & Certificate IV in Frontline Management

What makes you passionate about working in childcare?  Am passionate about managing a wonderful team of professionals who are able to lay life long foundations for a positive relationship with learning amongst our children. 

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? Recently completing transition statements one of our children was asked what they would not like about school next year?   The response was “Sometimes I don’t like doing what the teacher says”.

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? At Highfields Early Learning Centre we catering to the unique needs of families.  Our centre staff make it a priority to get to know not only the children but also the families so that we can individualize a program for each child.    From birth to preschool every Lifelong Learning Centre provides intentional and play based experiences designed to encourage a child’s natural curiosity and learning potential.  To help with this we use our inside and outside environments as the “third teacher”.   Our beautiful outside gardens provide a natural environments, with “real” grass, trees, flowers, insects and birds and our “playground to plate” program encourages full participation of the children in the sustainability process.