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Bourke & District Children’s Services welcomes new childcare Director

Mem in the black hat holding Eli Regan, with Lyn Coyne holding Jack Bloem, Margaret Stewart holding Daisy Toombs and Abbey Warwick with Indi Green. Inset – Mem Nastevski is the new Childcare Director at Bourke & District Children’s Services.Photos TWH

Bourke and District Children’s Services has a new Childcare Director, who brings to the role a sense of purpose, a passion for teaching and a desire to empower educators.

Mem (Marianna) Nastevski also admits to having an adventurous spirit and her new position at BDCS is something of a match made in heaven.

Mem, whose last role was as Childcare Director in wintry Canberra, said she has fallen in love with the red dirt of the outback and is keen to soak up the experience, both professionally and personally, of her new life in Bourke.

She said one of the deciding factors for taking the role was a brief trip to Bourke for an interview, when she experienced not only the red dirt roads, but the strong sense of community and the commitment by BDCS management and staff.

“Deliver a ‘wrap-around’ child care service that values every child, and their family is a wonderful thing,” Mem said.

Mem’s career as an educator began in university where she gained a double bachelor’s degree in in Early Childhood and Primary School Teaching in 2007.

While she was at university she worked casually at a childcare centre in Rockdale and fell in love with the profession, and after working at another centre, eventually returned to Rockdale and became centre director.

Mem admits after seven years she eventually outgrew the role there and took a chance on a newly opened centre in Canberra, and it was there that she honed her values, teaching practices and leadership skills.

“There was not even an office space at the new Canberra centre when I started – it was just an empty space and we were able to do everything from scratch and create this organisation,” Mem said.

“We created Wonder School Early Learning Centre, and I was responsible for the values, policies and practices of the centre. […]

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