Patricia Hilton

Trish is a Perth girl who lived in Canada for almost 23 years and during that time obtained her Early Childhood Certificate in 1995 and Special Needs Certificate in 1997 and worked as a teacher and one/one aide in some of the local pre-schools.

Her training stressed a ‘learning through play’ philosophy and the need to provide an environment which allowed for an integration of all the learning needs (the social, emotional, physical as well as the cognitive) of young children. She also worked for many years in the wider community with adults who required extra support. These folk were amazing teachers who taught the importance of building a strong relationship, good communication and resilience skills and respecting what it means to be an individual; one size does not fit all!

When not at school, the beach, reading, trying to keep fit or dreaming of the next travel destination, she can be spotted out and about with family, friends and her beloved doggies.

Trish is passionate about working with staff and families to provide a positive and fun early learning experience. She believes a lesson learned with humour is a lesson learned.


“Stand aside for a while and leave room for learning, observe carefully what children do, and then, if you have understood well, perhaps teaching will be different from before.

Creativity becomes more visible when adults try to be more attentive to the cognitive processes of children than to the results they achieve in various fields of doing and understanding.”

Loris Malaguzzi

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