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.
Andrew Wadham – Approved Provider (owner)
I pride myself on exceeding customer expectations and am rewarded by achieving great outcomes for others.
Growing up on a few acres on the outskirts of Melbourne and having a love of nature and the environment I ran a successful landscape business and completed a diploma in project management. Over the past 30yrs I have owned and managed small business and worked with local, interstate and international companies. Over the past 15yrs I have been working on the water, managing and delivering luxury boats both within Australia and overseas as well as working closely in our consultancy business. Bathurst may be a long way from the sea but both Darlene and I have a strong love of the bush and country towns with camping holidays being a frequent must. As well as the responsibility of ownership I will be supporting the service across a range of areas including information technology and environments.
Lauren Dunn – Nominated Supervisor (centre director)
I believe there is nothing more important than support, love, and time and I have each three available in abundance!
Children have been a big part of my professional life since 2006 when I eagerly commenced a traineeship in early education and care at a service in Orange. I proudly completed my Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Primary) at CSU in 2011 having worked very hard in my fourth year going to University, working at a preschool and looking after the first addition to our family, a newborn baby girl! My personal philosophy is to ensure that all children have a safe, secure and welcoming environment, rich with engaging learning opportunities and strong relationships with children and carers. Open ended materials, natural light, respectful caregiving and nature play are among the philosophies that I believe are important in supporting children’s learning and development. I pride myself on my approachable demeanour, positivity, kindness and attentiveness as a leader and I truly believe that this filters down to the educators in my team. I am so excited to be starting this new adventure with Balance Early Education and be a part of the centres journey right from the very beginning.