At Paisley Park, we’re lucky to have a passionate team of educators who each contribute to an environment that fosters learning and development for our children. Each member of the diverse Paisley Park team brings their own unique expertise and experience to our centres, and Bella is one of our treasured team members.
In this blog, we chat to Bella to get to know our yoga-loving educator and just what inspires her about coming to work each day.
How long have you worked at Paisley Park? How long have you been teaching? I began working at Paisley Park in January 2016, but actually started my teaching path in childcare in January 2015 – so I have been teaching for close to 18 months.
What do you love most about being part of the Paisley Park team? I love being part of a small, supportive team as it makes me feel as though I play a very important role in the centre. I have great relationships with the whole team, in fact we’re more like a family, which means we tend to communicate and work really well with each other. I think this helps create a warm and nurturing atmosphere that the children respond well to, and parents appreciate. It’s evident that Paisley Park is all about the children and I enjoy looking for new ways to extend and support our childrens’ learning on a regular basis. I believe it’s a real privilege to helps to shape children – they are like sponges and I know that what I teach them will stay with them for life.
What are your hobbies? I really enjoy cooking meals from scratch and experimenting with healthy and wholefood ingredients. I have even started using natural ingredients to making my own skincare products. As everyone at the centre knows, I also enjoy doing yoga when I have the time, but luckily my twin sister is a practicing yoga teacher so she is always willing to do a session with me at home. My last hobby is scrapbooking – I love writing things down and keeping a record of holidays I go on, ideas I have and so on. It’s also helpful for keeping track of different ingredients I use for my skincare products.
Do you have any pets? What are they and what are their names? I have a cat called Miley who I found whilst at a cooking class with my mum about four years ago. He was about six weeks old and found his way over to me so I rescued him and took him home.
What’s your favourite food? It would have to be sushi, I could eat it every day!
What’s the last song you sang out loud? Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? There are many places I would love to go but I would love to go back to Japan! Also I love Southeast Asia and am already planning my next trip to in Bali.
So, what is it that you love so much about yoga? I think I instantly fell in love with it when I first went to a class when I was 17 and had no clue what to expect. I love it because it isn’t just physical exercise, it focuses a lot on breathing and feeling connected with your body and mind as you practice. I love that your skill or how well you can perform the poses isn’t emphasised, rather how you feel whilst you do them. No matter how I’m feeling, as soon as I sit on the yoga mat I instantly feel relaxed and calm. That is why I think it’s important to teach it to children – having the skills to relax, be present and connected to mind and body is so important to wellbeing.
Is there a quote or saying that summarises or inspires your approach to teaching? “Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning”… I love this quote because it’s very true for me. I know that I learn best when I’m interested and enjoying myself and I think that’s also true for children. I like to make sure our children are having fun whilst they learn because it automatically becomes a memorable experience.