About Us…Aspire Early Childhood Consultancy was founded by Michelle Woszatka, who is also the principal consultant. She is a wife, mum of four and grandmother of one. Her experience as both a parent and professional has provided a solid foundation for her work as a consultant and professional supervisor.
About Michelle…Hi everyone, I’m Michelle an Aboriginal woman born in Eora Nation, Gadigal Country and growing up in both Gadigal and Dharug Country. I’ve lived in the Wandi Wandean lands since December 1995 on the NSW South Coast. I’m the daughter of an Aboriginal Dharug man and a beautiful non-Aboriginal mum from Wiradjuri Country. My heart is to make a difference in this world so ALL children can grow up strong, happy and healthy.
Qualifications:Associate Diploma Social Science (Child Studies); Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education 0-8 years); Certificate IV Workplace Assessment and Training; Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood 0-8 years); Cert IV Training & Assessment (TAE)Diploma of Management (Excellence in Leadership); Graduate Certificate in Professional Supervision (Clinical) (Pastoral)
Certificates:Acceptance Commitment Therapy for Coaches; Leading Local Change – Leadership training; ECA Leadership Program; Accredited Triple P Level 2 & Level 4 Parenting Facilitator; Bringing up Great Kids parenting Facilitator; Registered Facilitator – Circle of Security Parenting
Experience:Michelle’s 30 years experience working with children, families and as an educator include; ‘assistant’, teacher, director, Aboriginal advisor and area manager in a range of early childhood services, including a family day care provider and validator. Michelle has also worked as a teacher in the early years of school, TAFE and UNI. Michelle’s experience also includes; Facilitator of Parenting Groups, Supported Playgroups, Community Development and Program Manager in Family and Post Separation Services and Early Childhood Learning. Prior to Michelle’s Early Childhood focused experienced she worked for 7 years in administrative roles. Michelle is an experienced Reflective Professional Supervisor and mentor.
Professional Memberships:Early Childhood Australia (ECA); Education and Care Workface (ECW); NESA Accredited Teacher; Australasian Association of Professional Supervision (AAOS – In progress)
Where are we located?Aspire Early Childhood Consultancy is located on the South Coast of NSW and was borne out of a desire to share experience and knowledge with other early childhood educators and services. Michelle’s heart is to ENGAGE, INSPIRE, SUPPORT and STRENGTHEN you and your team in your continuing journey that will lead to the best possible outcomes for children, families and communities. Over the past 30 years Michelle has built a reputation for her strengths as a leader, teacher, mentor and coach modelling high quality practice for others and empowering others as they work with young children and their families. We work with individuals, teams and management of both small and large services in the Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Eurobodalla and Bega Local Government areas. We are also available to travel throughout Australia to support you and can provide face to face, skype, online or telephone services. Call or message us to discuss your unique needs.
An educational system isn’t worth a great deal if it teaches young people how to make a living but doesn’t teach them how to make a life.
Our logo was developed to include aspects of my culture and as an analogy of the purpose of Aspire Early Childhood Consultancy. The orange and blue colours were chosen to reflect the sea and the land of which I love to spend time by the river and ocean, and to admire the beautiful natural environment where I live. The leaf symbolizes growth as well as support. Did you know the primary purpose of the veins within a leaf is to carry food and water throughout the leaf? They also provide support for the leaf. This is what we aim to do at Aspire; provide opportunities for growth and support through consultancy and professional development that will feed and sustain you in your important work with young children, families and communities. Each different colour within the leaf also depicts different aspects of the business. You will see each section is not perfectly equal in size and shape. Each individual staff member, team, service is unique in it’s characteristics, personalities, culture, experience and knowledge. We do not provide a one size fits all service. Our service like a leaf is supportive, encourages growth and sustenance so you are well equipped to fulfil your goals in your life and work.