Pooh Bear’s House opened in March, 2010 and is owned and directed by Ms Kim Russell, a qualified early childhood professional with a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood and a Bachelor in Education (Primary). She has been in the teaching field for over 30 years. Over this time she has been a teacher at four local government schools and previously co-owned and ran a successful Child Care Centre for six and half years in the local area. She has also raised two beautiful daughters, Demi and Sophie, whom both work alongside her at Pooh Bears House.
The staff employed at Pooh Bear’s House all have Early Childhood qualifications. Our assistants have Certificate III qualifications, our experienced trained room leaders have Diplomas in Child Care and our Kindergarten Teacher has attained a ‘Bachelor in Early Childhood and Primary (with Honours). All staff have first aid Level 2, as well as emergency asthma management and anaphylaxis training.
Pooh Bear’s House teaches prides themselves on the close connections they have in the broader community. Our service includes specialist music, drama and sports programs. We enlist the support of Playful Notes, Jump for Joy and Soccajoeys to lead our Specialist Programs, business’ in the local community. We have a beautiful inter-generational program with the Park Lane Aged Care Residence and have strong bonds with our local primary schools. We have a close network with the Croydon School of Dance and sponsor two scholarships annually. The service also sponsors Bridget Kayoga a World Vision child in Uganda and a Year Six student Joshua, through The Smith Family. Throughout the Year we also make significant donations to Beyond Blue, The Royal children’s Hospital, Red Nose Day and Jeans for Genes Day.