Chief Executive Officer
Founder and owner of OLA, Ujjval brings a unique passion for Early Childhood Education and Care. Ujjval facilitates many classes and oversees the assessment throughout each course. Students can expect detailed instruction, mentoring, and additional support from Ujjval throughout the course.
Graduate Diploma of Adult Language, Literacy and Numeracy Leadership
Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
Diploma Quality Auditing
Diploma of Management
Diploma of Employment Services
Diploma of Training and Assessment
Cert IV Training and Assessment
Cert IV Front Line Management
A founding team member Joanne is always available for a supportive ear and advocacy. Nothing is too much trouble and Joanne will support you in every way possible throughout your studies.Qualifications:
Diploma Quality Auditing
Certificate IV Training and Assessment
Cert IV Project Management
Trainer/ Education Leader
Carol is an expert facilitator and teacher. Combining many years experience as an Early Childhood Educator, work within government, outreach support and working directly with families and children Carol brings wisdom, practical anecdotes and enormous creative energy.
Diploma Early Childhood Education and Care
Early Childhood Educator of Teachers & Parents
Certified Nia Brown Belt Dance Instructor
Illustrator of Children's Books
Coach & Mentor
Howard has been teaching creative dance classes for toddlers and parents, pre-schoolers, primary and secondary students as well as producing performances since graduating from Mangala Studios Carlton and their Diploma of Teaching Creative Dance course in 2004. He also completed Mangala’s Diploma of Yoga Teaching in 2013.
For the past 14 years he has taught in adult disability centres and special schools around Melbourne, and from 2007 to 2016 presented an early childhood ‘Music and Movement’ unit as part of Victoria University’s Bachelor of Education.
Howard continues to be inspired by the transformative qualities of music and movement and am passionate about its inclusion in education today.
From time to time he hosts students from the Dance Therapy Association of Aust. They come and observe him teaching in one of the Special Education schools where he teaches.
Last week one such student was observing and she sent Howard this message.
"Thnx Howard, I can get too theoretical in my approach. the biggest thing I observed this morning was the experience of joy that you were able to bring to the children. And I'm going to take that with me because thats what its supposed to be.. Not task."
"Too often we as educators/therapists assume we have to make the education/therapy happen but in fact the transformation of the dancer/student is where it happens, so I task is to allow/assist them to transform.
You know when this happens by the looks on their faces.
I thinks my students have fun, enjoy challenges, express a part or many parts of themselves that is perhaps not ordinarily or easily expressed, find their space, respect others space and all done with no words."
Vicky is an early childhood and primary school teacher with Steiner training. Following an art foundation course and a degree in fine art filmmaking, Vicky undertook teaching training. She started her teaching career in the U.K in 1992. Since moving to Australia in 1996 Vicky has been teaching outdoor based programs including Aboriginal cultural programs for schools and kindergartens at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne as well as teaching in inner city schools.
In 2016 Vicky created and led an all outdoor playgroup at RBGM and then at Sophia Mundi Steiner school the following year.
She has been involved in running Steiner playgroups over the last 6 years.
Her passion is supporting families and young children, encouraging them to explore and connect with the natural world.
Nikki completed her BA in contemporary dance at the Victorian College of the Arts (where she is currently a sessional lecturer) and went on to work as a dance performer (Dance Works), choreographer (Catch Cry) and teacher (Cecil St Studio) eventually specialising in improvisation over the next 15 years. During that time Nikki worked on numerous community arts projects (Phillip Island environmental projects), artists in schools (Montague Continuing Education Centre for disabled teenagers) and outdoor theatre events including the Woodford fire event directed by Neil Cameron over a 10-year period.
Nikki met her life partner studying Shiatsu and Japanese acupuncture and her two children enflamed her love of Steiner Education. They moved from their home in Melbourne to care for her brother in laws 3 orphaned teenagers. During that time, she joined the Silkwood Steiner School community and was fortunate to begin teaching the parent craft group with a new parent, Mia, and a wonderful friendship and working relationship flourished.
They devised, designed and taught craft workshops for the Silkwood School’s Heart to Hands Craft group for 4 years during which time the group grew from 8 to 30 women coming to weekly craft sessions to be together and to be inspired to create beautiful hand made toys from natural materials. To help make craft materials accessible to this vibrant craft community, Mia and Nikki began their business, Time4craft. During the time at Silkwood Steiner School Nikki also worked as the playgroup and Prep assistant.
Nikki has since returned to Melbourne and continued her business with Mia, running craft workshops for parents’ teachers and children from her Studio in Preston. She completed her Certificate of Rudolf Steiner Early Childhood Education at The Michael Centre, Warranwood and the Steiner Craft Curriculum course at Sophia Mundi in Abbotsford. She currently teaches craft technique workshops for both courses. For two years she worked at Little Sophia Kindergarten as well as monthly Family Crafting Workshops in Northcote with Carol Liknaitzky. After completing her Diploma of Education Nikki has joined the teaching team at Sophia Mundi Steiner School where she teaches the Prep to class 5 primary craft curriculum and runs playgroup on Fridays.
Nikki Fletcher graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts dance school 1989, joined dance in education company Tasdance followed by Melbourne based contemporary dance company Dance Works with whom she danced for the next eight years. She co-founded improvisation dance company Catch Cry and worked with Tracks Dance Company in Darwin and outdoor theatre comp Strange Fruit for their first international tour. Over the following six years Nikki returned to the VCA as a sessional dance/improvisation teacher and assessor. Her Community theatre involvement, choreography and facilitation includes: 'Waderbirds — Odyssey of the Wetlands' directed by Meme McDonald and Beth Shelton, Woodford Fire Event directed by Neil Cameron 1992-00, Island of Delight and Ocean of Delight, Environmental Theatre Company directed by Kate Clere, Platform- Darebin Community Youth theatre directed by Bruce Gladwin, Women’s Circus- Moomba Barge, Carnival of Life - Artists in schools for Montague Ed Centre for intellectually Handicapped Teenagers. Nikki is currently studying a Diploma of Education and Early childhood Steiner teaching and running craft workshops to inspire early childhood educators and parents of young children.
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Madonna has been working with children for over 30 years; She was raised Catholic and, although she do not identify as Catholic, the stories impacted her deeply. She remembers around the age of 9 wondering what it was like for Mary to know she would give birth to the child in whose hands rested the future of humanity; when Madonna gave birth to her own son she realised this is the story of every mother: every mother gives birth to a child who will shape the future of our world. This realisation deepened her passion for and commitment to supporting parents and children, especially in early childhood, where the foundations of morality, creativity and self-expression are firmly laid.