Mrs Nikki Joyce has been Principal of Saint Kentigern Preschool since April 2020 and in that time has led the Preschool team to work as a collaborative, cohesive team which ensures the best preparation for our children as they move from the Preschool to the Boys’ School and Girls’ School.
Having been involved in the Early Childhood Education industry since 2007, Mrs Joyce opened her first Early Childhood Centre, Bear Park in Herne Bay, which she owned for six years and more recently Pikopiko Learning in Whitford for five years.
Alongside owning and managing her centres, Mrs Joyce takes great interest in educational research and has attended many ECE conferences, including attending conferences twice in Reggio Emilia, Italy, home to the Reggio Emilia inspired philosophy for Early Childhood, centred on the principles of respect, responsibility and community through exploration, discovery and play. In 2018, she travelled to Finland to learn more about their preschools and how their population consistently sits near the top of not only PISA scores, but also happiness and wellbeing scores.
Mrs Joyce understands the importance of Learning for Life, and how, through ongoing collaboration this passion for learning is fostered, in both children and adults. Having the skills to test theories, debate ideas and work with others ensures children have the resilience, social skills and critical thinking needed to thrive in today’s world.