As Early Years educators we believe that a love of learning begins long before a child enters the classroom. From the moment a baby can move, play is the main way in which they learn and develop. Having the skills to foster their creativity and imagination is so important and so powerful.

Jenna Clayton of Monkey Minds

Jenna Clayton

I’m Jenna, a qualified primary school teacher, with a Masters in Primary Teaching from Melbourne University. I specialise in Early Years Education and spent majority of my career teaching in Prep. I have always been passionate about teaching the whole child. From early on in my career I saw a need to ensure that children are able to move through the different phases of education in a way that meant they were socially and emotionally supported. As a result, during my years in Prep, I worked closely with local kindergartens to create a specialised Transition Program that enabled kindergarten children to have a smooth and seamless transition into school.

I have always adopted a hands-on approach to education, allowing for a more creative and open-ended learning experience. I believe that student engagement is increased when children get to be a part of their own learning and when they are able to make connections between themselves and their world through play. This style of learning, enables children to become critical thinkers, to move outside of their comfort zone and to develop not only their academic abilities, but their social, emotional and physical skills as well.

I am a proud mum of two girls (7 and 5 years old) and is passionate about playing, exploring and having fun with my girls. Five and a half years ago my husband and I took the plunge and moved to the Mornington Peninsula. My four loves (apart from my family) are the beach, wine, coffee and getting a sweat up at the gym.

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