Just as our bee represents the balance in nature, we are committed to supporting our children to understand the impact that we all have on our precious environment. We have mindfully chosen resources which complement nature, including natural timbers and sustainable products. Through our “Garden to Gourmet” program, children learn about gardening, recycling, sustainability and healthy eating, while getting to enjoy the flavour of their work.
Darlene Wadham – Approved Provider (owner)
I believe that trust, kindness, understanding and finding what it is that inspires and excites others are essential keys to unlock the potential of every individual.
I began my education and care journey as a Primary School Teacher in Queensland in 1992. Always looking for a challenge I took on the role of Principal of a small school in the Darling Downs QLD before moving to early education and care in the year 2000. After 10yrs of senior management roles including 5yrs as a General Manager I entered the world of consultancy in 2010 with the desire to empower educators to make a positive difference in the lives of children in the early years. After years of supporting services to be the best they could be, I am excited to embark on this new journey with my husband. As well as a Bachelor of Teaching I have achieved a Diploma of Business – Frontline Management and am committed to ongoing professional development and learning. I am passionate about supporting others on their learning journey and see positive relationships as essential to all learning and development. Andrew and I are dedicated to providing an outstanding service to families and children and a place where our team are proud to belong.
Molly Gallop – Nominated Supervisor (centre director)
I pride myself in meeting every individual with a great deal of respect, enthusiasm and a smile.It is my belief that every person no matter their age is a strong, capable, creative, competent human being with all the skills and resources needed to change the world.I have always been driven to teach and empower others to reach their potential.I began my education journey as I began relief teaching in 2009.I fell in love in providing children with their fundamental right to play, learn and participate in an educational process that respects, builds relationships with others and the world around them.I completed my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at CSU in 2013 where I developed a lifelong commitment to foster and strengthen my philosophy in early education and care.Now, I continue to advocate for all children and make every voice visible. I believe it is my role as an advocate and educator to create a safe, welcoming and open-ended learning environment where children and educators can co-research and explore children’s big ideas, thoughts and concepts.I am passionate about supporting and respecting each child’s and families unique learning journey and am committed to working closely with children, families and educators and other support agencies to develop a responsive and inclusive curriculum to support the success of each child.
Madison Macdonald – Assistant Director
I believe that in my role as an Assistant Director, it is my duty and role to advocate for every educator child and family. I believe in honesty, fairness and nurturing everyone’s unique strengths and abilities. I am so honoured to step into the Assistant Director role at Balance. I first started my early childhood career in 2014, completing a Cert III as a trainee at a long day care service in Lithgow, where I grew up. I am a family person, who loves music and being with my extended family. Since moving to Bathurst nearly 7 years ago I completed my Diploma in Early childhood and gained experience as a Lead educator and mentor to staff and families. Working closely with families and children, I gained strength and knowledge, also spending time in an assistant director role for 2.5 years. This was a role I was passionate in, as it gave me the opportunity to grow as a mentor to staff and gain relationships with families. In 2019, I stepped into a customer service specialist role at Balance, which has given me the opportunity to gain experience as an administration leader. I have worked closely with the staff and families, to provide them with quality communication and relationships. My priority in this role is to make sure everyone who walks into the doors of Balance is greeted with professionalism, empathy and respect and to have an enjoyable experience when visiting the service. I look forward to this new chapter in my career and to work alongside such a great Leadership team.
Madison Hatch – Educational Leader
I believe every child has the right to a safe and welcoming environment. Allowing them to explore, experience and learn as unique individuals. As we guide, nurture and develop early educational foundations for the next generation. I started my education journey in 2012 at a small family-owned long day care service in Bathurst, studying my Certificate III. I went on to complete an Advanced Diploma in Children’s Services whilst gaining experience as Lead educator through different services over the years. In 2016 I explored a different avenue working for Shine for Kids, supporting children and young people with families in the criminal justice system. This position gave meaning to the reasoning behind my career purpose, giving me opportunities to advocate for children’s rights at all levels. In 2019 I welcomed my second daughter, and was able to find my true home/work life balance at Balance Early Education. I have since furthered my pedagogy over the past 2 years as Lead educator, furthering my role in becoming the Community Liaison Officer and joining the Leadership Team in 2021. I am honoured to take upon the role of Educational Leader, where I can lead the development and implementation of our program and practice at Balance Early Education. I look forward to guiding educators in their everyday work, and on their continual quality improvement journey. I hope to inspire children, educators, and families to understand the importance of Early Education and Care development and wellbeing outcomes for children.