I’ve been working within the early childhood industry for 16 years in various fields, including long day care, family day care, local government, playgroups, educational consultancy and kindergartens.
The early childhood industry is evolving at a rapid rate and with the implementation of the National Quality Standards and the Early Years Learning Framework, early childhood educators are beginning to be seen as early childhood professionals. This is something I’ve advocated throughout my whole career.
Supporting children’s social and emotional development is something I’m very passionate about as I believe children deserve the same level of respect and understanding as adults. Children need to be nurtured in a respectful way which acknowledges their rights to feel supported and to play and learn without unnecessary limitations.
In particular, I love how my role allows me to see my students evolve, both professionally and personally. As they develop new skills and knowledge their confidence in themselves grows, and I feel such a huge sense of pride when they go onto qualify.
Legislation surrounding the early childhood industry is something I strongly believe in. I really enjoy discussing this topic with my students while highlighting the importance of these guidelines supporting their practices.
By teaching my students to implement quality practices and to focus on best outcomes for children and their families at all times, I believe that my role as a trainer and assessor is assisting in ensuring a high quality standard of the early childhood industry.