Eleni Maree Wilson, Director
Human Resources & Business Management Advance Diploma
Diploma Children’s Services
Hi. My name is Eleni Maree Wilson (Savva). I am Con & Dora Savva’s daughter, the owners of BearChildCare. My family are from Cyprus (Greek Orthodox), and my husband from Samoa (Uniting Church) - all the while, proudly Australian!!!
We have been married for 20years and have 5 precious children (4 Princesses and 1 handsome Prince!)... Together our marriage has created something special; a very multi-cultural Christian family; a learned tolerance and appreciation for the beauty of different cultures; different languages, people, foods, customs, celebrations and more.
This is something that we have brought to BearChildCare: A strong Christian ethos with a passion for children to learn, grow, flourish and thrive on new cultures and their new experiences.
With 5 children, I can honestly say, “I love children”! The last 13 years in managing BearChildCare has been a wonderfully fulfilling journey. It has been such a joy to meet new families and children, watch the children grow into little people ready for ‘big school’ and then meeting them again years down the track when a sibling joins the BearFamily. Admittedly, I’m especially fond of our social events such as The Easter Hat Parades, Mothers Day picnics, Daddy Disco and of-course our sensational Christmas Concert Spectaculars! They are such special events because they bring our BearFamilies together – and that is so important to what makes BearChildCare special!
After joining the “Did you Know Team” in 2013 advocating for equality in early learning centres for NSW, I was voted as ACANSW Secretary in November 2016. I am a strong advocate for equality and high level education for all children and staff in ALL Early Learning Centres across the State, and working with the Government, both State & Federal, to bring consistency across the nation for all.
Over the years we have also been privileged to work with children who have special, individual needs – aiding their development working closely with their families and therapists. Watching our children’s journey of learning and growing brings me much pride and satisfaction.
I am so excited and proud of the introduction of our very own BearChildCare Bus, which has enabled the Centres to be able to broaden the children’s experiences and appreciation of our local communities even further.
I feel truly blessed by God to be working in an sector so important for the safety, education and happiness of our children - they are our future. They are precious, individual, precious gifts from God. They are to be loved & treated as equals. They are God’s way of saying the world should live on...
Eleni Maree Wilson
Our BearTeams are a multi-cultural, multi-talented, multi-aged collection of highly skilled and highly trained early childhood professionals. I am honoured to be working with such passionate, caring and highly professional Educators.
I aspire for our centres to achieve the highest acclaim in recognition of what’s most important – the care, the safety, the love and the education of your children, and support of you as the family.
The critical components of achieving this, is to motivate and inspire our staff to be the best possible “person” they can be, just as their Educational Institution taught them how to “educate”. Through our daily communications, the BearTeam are trained, guided, role modelled and equipped with skills to further develop their professionalism; in manners such as professional communications, respectful communications, current industry knowledge and advances, ongoing industry training and client service relationship building.
My passion for this sector, my enthusiasm, my sincere friendship, and my motivation for successfully living ‘happiness’, is what I believe is attributable to the loving, respectful and long tenure of staff.
I have the upmost respect for our Educational Leaders and Centre Managers. I would like to introduce you to them below...
My husband and I are of Italian background and have been married for 14 years with 3 children, all of whom have attended BearChildCare centres. I have an Early Childhood Teaching Degree and been in the Early Childhood Industry for over 18 years.
I have been a part of Barfa Bear since its inception in January 2006. I was drawn to Barfa Bear by the family orientated philosophy. I remember going to my interview at Dora’s house. That feeling in my tummy told me that this was going to be a wonderful opportunity. This was going to be the place where all my beliefs and expectations in the Early Childhood industry were going to be noticed and achieved - and they have. Throughout my time as Assistant Director I have managed the process of developing Barfa Bear and establishing it into a consistently High Quality Accredited Centre, and now under the new National Assessment & Rating Process, we are AN EXCEEDING QUALITY CENTRE!
With Eleni’s support and management, we have built an amazing repour within our local community. With pride I state I am the Assistant Director of Barfa Bear and I receive comments like: “I have heard so much about that centre”... “Friends of mine have gone there and said how incredible the centre is run”... “You guys run such an amazing Pre-School Program, I can see the huge impact it has had in getting the children ready for school, I wish I had brought my child there”...
I see families who have left us years later on, and their children still remember me as Miss Stephanie. The families will thank me again for all the hard work I did with them, even after so many years. Or what’s even better, when they bring their younger child back years later and say to me, “There is no way I would send my child anywhere else!”
This is my professional satisfaction and why I am still a part of this remarkable service.
I was always going to teach children – but primary school was what I originally had in mind. My mum was always in my ear saying “children are drawn to you, you need to do something with children!” A friend who was an Early Childhood Teacher told me to use the Diploma in Children’s Services as a stepping stone into a primary school uni degree. My first thought was: “Child Care? I don’t know anything about it!” - I found my place and knew this is where I wanted to be. I said goodbye to my Primary School dream and hello to the Early Childhood Sector, completing my Diploma and beginning my first room leader role at just 19 and never looking back- 14 years on this year in which I also completed my Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood).
Children within Early Childhood have minds like sponges. I strongly believe that their capabilities are underestimated! Each child establishes their thought patterns and personalities from so young and it is so satisfying to know that I have been a part of their flourishing development - there is nothing more rewarding than that!
After working within various casual roles whilst studying and then almost 7 years at the one centre, progressing and working with different age groups and gaining experience within assorted managerial roles, I wanted more! After numerous interviews and job offers I just couldn’t find THE place. Then I met Eleni, came home to my husband and said “I’ve found it!!! I want to work at Mama Bear!” Thank God Eleni wanted me to join the BearTeam!
I have come to a service that values and cares for children as though they are their own. The relationships that are formed with families are at a level I had never experienced nor anticipated before. This is my 8th year as part of the BearChildCare team, progressing from Room Leader and extending to the Manager of Mama Bear. I have learnt so much and continue to learn as the years go on. The pride I have working at Mama Bear radiates from me- I am truly blessed! Throughout my time as Centre Manager of Mama Bear, I have managed the process of further developing and establishing it into a consistently High Quality Accredited Centre, and now under the new National Assessment & Rating Process, we are AN EXCEEDING QUALITY CENTRE!
My husband and I are both of an Italian background, been married for almost 9 years, parents of a beautiful little girl, living in our own home near Camden – yet no bumper to bumper M5 traffic will prevent me from working in an inspiring Early Childhood Service like Mama Bear!
My husband and I are of Cypriot background and have been married for 7 years with 2 precious children, 1 boy and 1 girl. I chose early childhood as my career path because I have a passion for children and what they bring to the table. I finished my Diploma in Childrens Services in December 2005 and then furthered my studies by attaining my Early Childhood Teaching Degree in 2008. I have worked at Barfa Bear since its inception in January 2006!
As an Educator in this industry I feel my role is a vital part of each child's growth and development, and allowing each child to become a unique individual. Each day brings a new journey, always learning something new which makes me the best Educator I can be.
BearChildCare provides all of the necessary qualities for me to achieve all of the above successfully. It is a warm and welcoming family environment with great aspects that I value as an Educator. Parents and families play a key role in their children's lives, and BearChildCare provides a number of opportunities for family involvement. This starts from the high influence of family from management and their constant love and care for their centres. It is a clean environment that fosters health and hygiene on all levels. The staff are a caring, happy and passionate group of people who truly have children's best interests at heart.
Throughout my time as Centre Manager of Papa Bear, I have managed the process of further developing and establishing it into providing a consistently high quality service, and now under the new National Assessment & Rating Process, we are AN EXCEEDING QUALITY CENTRE!
I am proud to be a part of such an amazing team. I am so excited about this incredible career opportunity in being the Centre Manager of Papa Bear Child Care Centre. Bringing forth all the professional services knowledge I have gained working under great leaders like Eleni & Stephanie these past 10years, I believe it has become another incredible BearChildCare service.
I began studying Child Care since the moment I left high school which was in 1999. I completed my Diploma in Child Care at TAFE followed by my Bachelor of Early Childhood, and then my Masters of Early Childhood at the University of Western Sydney. I worked at Mama Bear for 3 years then fell pregnant with my first little boy. I decided to open my own Family Day Care which I found to be a challenge and closed my business within a year, just before I had my second baby boy. I felt that my philosophy and my heart belong with the Bear Team, so I returned and started a new adventure with the Papa Bear Girls. It has been a blessing ever since.
I have 3 beautiful boys in my life; my two baby boys who have been an absolute joy, and the love of my life who is also of Greek Cypriot heritage, whose biggest belief in life is that family comes first. We are also very excited to say that we are now expecting a baby girl, who God willing will join our family in October; we can’t wait to meet her.
Throughout my time as Centre Co-ordinator of Papa Bear, I have co-ordinated the process of further developing and establishing it into providing a consistently high quality service, and now under the new National Assessment & Rating Process, we are AN EXCEEDING QUALITY CENTRE!
As an Educator I hold a strong philosophy that children learn through play and feel that as an Early Childhood Teacher I play an integral part in their future development. My main aim is to create a safe, welcoming environment for children and their families to feel a sense of belonging and ensuring children have access to an environment where they have the potential to explore, imagine, investigate and play.
Career opportunities If you are a passionate, motivated, creative and enthusiastic individual who has a thirst for knowledge and wants to work in a Christian child care service which thrives on success of living “happiness” and family kinship, then we would love to hear from you.
Please send your CV through to: firstname.lastname@example.org
At this point in time, we are accepting applications for hopeful commencement of Papa Bear in mid-2014. Roles which will be available will be:
Early Childhood Teacher
Early Childhood Educators - Diploma
Early Childhood Educators - Certificate III
Child Care Trainees
Child Care Cook