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We believe that all children have a right to the best start in life so that they can create a better future for themselves and their community.

All community members are entitled to quality teaching and learning.

We will continue to place a specific emphasis on experiential learning and recognize the importance of communication and language development.

We will continue to believe in the importance of social and emotional development.

We recognize that families are children’s first and most influential educators, and we will work with them collaboratively in the development of all our children.

We will continue to assert and enable children’s rights to have access to education that lays the foundation for life long learning and maximizes their ability, and respects their family, cultural and other identities and languages.

We will continue to recognize children’s rights to play and be active participants in all matters affecting their lives.

We commit to improved outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and all the children in our harder to reach communities within Australia.

PARENT REPRESENTATION

We are always trying to be more effective in engaging parents and community members in the conversation about what services we provide and how we provide them. Each of our Early Childhood services are now running 4 events per year where our parents and community members can give feedback to us.

Any feedback or comments would be welcome at [email protected]

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Growing Potential is elected by members of the company. The Board determines policy for the operation of the company and the conduct of its members. These decisions are binding on all employees
The Board comprises people who are committed to providing high quality children’s services and programs for the community.

Growing Potential Board Members:

Alan Cunningham

Carolanne Vella

Kylie Bojarski

Nicholas McGrath

Raj Narayan

Ted Wziontek

Warren Thompson

THE EXECUTIVE TEAM
Otto Henfling

Otto Henfling

CEO

Otto is an experienced CEO and senior executive in the Not For Profit (NFP) sector and has been the CEO of Childrenfirst since October 2014.

Since 2005 Otto has worked in the NFP, social services sector at senior executive and CEO levels having left a successful career in the Australian Government Public Service including 6 years in Canberra within the Social Security portfolios.

Otto’s experience includes project management, leadership and management of a high order as well as facilitating organisational and cultural change. He has a record of developing staff beyond what they think they are capable of.

Otto’s experience in the community sector allows him to talk with experience about the issues facing non-government organisations affecting and implementing social policy. Otto has a strong reputation for community consultation to ensure services being delivered are meeting local needs.

Otto is also an experienced NFP Board member and has completed a number of courses and workshops with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dylan Reynolds

Executive Manager Family Service

Dylan is an experienced executive professional with a diverse work history encompassing senior roles within a range of private and NGO organisations. With extensive experience managing complex large-scale project teams, Dylan brings an innovative and analytical perspective in all professional areas.

Since 2006 Dylan has successfully worked in a range of Senior management and executive roles within the human services area. These include 3 years as the Policy and Community Development Manager for NSW largest Aboriginal Children Service. It also encompassed 5 in the peak body organisation for disability organisations leading capacity building business development projects prepare the sector for the transition of the NDIS.

With exceptional professional networks within the human services space at both a State and National level, Dylan’s real strengths include project management, business development, strategic planning, quality management, staff development and change management. Dylan’s professional background also enables him to talk with authority in matters regarding social policy development, legislative frameworks and sector advocacy.

With a passion for forging cross-sectoral partnerships and identifying sustainable pathways to achieve growth and development, Dylan brings an innovative business-driven approach to the Family Services portfolio.

Belinda Rushbrook

Belinda Rushbrook

Executive Manager Children’s Services

Belinda is a professional and active woman with a passion for children, early childhood development and quality children’s services. During the past 25 years, Belinda has had the opportunity to be employed in a wide variety of early childhood settings and environments, from Playgroups to Centre Management. The experience that she has gained from each of these settings has provided her with extensive professional skills and knowledge. Belinda joined Childrenfirst in 1998 and is now responsible for managing the delivery of the entire Children’s Services within our association. Belinda has a commitment to giving back to the community as President of School P & C and Penrith Touch Association.

Robyn Inskip

Robyn Inskip

Executive Manager Administration

Robyn Inskip has been with Childrenfirst since 1996  After graduating from Business College in 1981 she work for a Chartered Accountancy firm before taking up a role with the Federal Government where she worked in the Children’s Services Areas particularly Child Care Benefit and Child Disability Allowances. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. Robyn has lived most of her life in the Blacktown Local Government Area and understands the needs of the community and is currently the President of a local not for profit community service. Robyn is committed to providing quality services to community.