Young Adventurers is a small, family owned service. In 2014, Emma and John bought 'Friday's Child Montessori' in order to carry out a vision. The vision was to help bring a high quality Montessori service to the Gold Coast.
Emma has contrasted Montessori education with traditional education throughout her life - as a child herself, as a parent and more recently, as an educator. From each experience, she has reached the same conclusion - that the Montessori method, when implemented 'properly', provides children with significant social-emotional and educational benefits. She looks forward to a day when it is more widely implemented in Australia.
John holds an MBA and has a background in business improvement and self-improvement. He brings his skills to the staff, children and administration. His interest in Montessori grew from seeing the benefits for his own three children.
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Emma holds multiple university degrees in the fields of science, medicine and early childhood education. She worked as a doctor for ten years before resigning to pursue her 'true passion' in Montessori education. She is now a qualified and registered early childhood teacher and also holds a Diploma in Montessori education (cycle one) from the Montessori Institute.
Sarah has almost completed her Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education (Primary / Early Childhood) at Southern Cross University and is already qualified to work as an early childhood teacher in childcare settings. She has been at Young Adventurers for a number of years now and has very much enjoyed learning about the Montessori approach.
Romela comes from Croatia and is fluent in three languages. While living in Italy, she gained her qualification as a Social Worker and studied the Montessori method of education as part of her course. She obtained her Certificate III in Childcare in Australia and has been teaching in Montessori settings for over ten years.
Manusha completed her Montessori studies in Sri Lanka, including a Diploma in Child Psychology (AMI accredited) in 2005, followed by a Diploma in the Montessori Method of Education in 2006. She enjoyed gaining teaching experience in Sri Lanka before moving to Australia, where she completed her Certificate III in Children's services and continued to work in Montessori settings.
Janelle has a Bachelor of Psychological Science through Griffith University and has previously worked as an ABA therapist and preschool group leader for children with autism. After taking time off to travel in Europe, she is keen to re-enter the field of early childhood and has been inspired to learn more about the Montessori method of education.
Hitomi's interest in Montessori has grown, initially from her experiences as a mother and then through her study and training as she completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. She is also helping us to integrate more Japanese language experiences into the classroom.
Young Adventurers is located in a Gold Coast family home that was converted some time ago into a childcare centre. It has a warm, homely feel and in the words of some of our students, it's 'not a school, it's my other home'. In this way, it truly reflects the initial Montessori 'children's houses'. It's size makes it a good intermediate step for those children and families who have outgrown a family daycare environment but do not want the large 'impersonal' childcare settings. What we lack in 'bells and whistles', we make up for with our very passionate and hard-working team of educators.