Our People

Our People

Our People

Tadpoles Taigum has been part of the local community for many years. Our team are recognised faces and known for our true passion for working with children. We understand children, what makes them tick, and are constantly finding new ways to promote and extend their learning experiences.

Meet our Centre Manager

Jamie Slater

Years in childcare: 8 Years

Qualifications: 
Bachelor of Business - Major Leadership and Management

Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

What makes you passionate about working in childcare? I am passionate about creating a place where children and families can come, connect with others and have a sense of belonging to a community. I absolutely love seeing the wonder and amazement on children’s faces when they engage with the learning opportunities our environments create and seeing children grow and families form connections with other families and the educators. Seeing this inspires me to go the extra distance to make our service truly special.

What is the funniest or most memorable moment you can share from working in childcare? Some years ago I was working with a group of children in the 2 and a half to 3 age group. It was my mission to learn one interesting thing about each child, and use this information to create an environment that really reflected the children. One child was obsessed with the bear hunt stories, which turned out to be a huge hit with the other children too. We planned a big bear hunt experience where we went to find the bear, next he loved the angry bear books, so each week we had a new adventure just like the angry bear. It was so much fun! At the end of the year, I didn’t realise how many stories we had explored, that was until his mum brought in basket with a bear in it, and every story we had read.. inside each book was a photo us acting out each book, and there was a new book, with a photo of him and a “thank you note for a great year” and a picture he had drawn himself of us finding the bear!

Why do you believe your centre is an excellent choice for parents seeking the best childcare? Tadpoles Taigum is something different. We offer the necessities a family would look for when choosing a childcare service, food, nappies, a great play space and beautiful learning environments, but it is what we are all about which makes us truly different. We take the time each day with every family and child to ensure they transition well into the centre – families can go about their day knowing their child is going to have a great day and be well looked after! We take the ordinary and make it extraordinary. The educators are a close team who all share a common vision of providing the best for each individual child and family.. it is truly amazing to see them in action!

Fun Fact about you: I love working on DIY projects and spend a lot of my spare time tinkering and teaching myself how to fix bits and pieces around the house