FIND YOUR SENSE OF FUN CHILD­CARE COURSE GETS YOU CLOSER TO GRASS­ROOTS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - CLASSIFIEDS - Re­becca Dargie

A FED­ERAL Gov­ern­ment push to in­crease the num­ber of trained teach­ers to work with four-year-olds for 15 hours a week means early child­hood teach­ers will be in high de­mand.

TAFE’s Bach­e­lor of Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care (Birth-5), at the Rand­wick cam­pus, is de­liv­ered in a sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment with small class sizes and real work life ex­pe­ri­ences.

Course teacher Fran Hughes said stu­dents cov­ered child de­vel­op­ment and ped­a­gog­i­cal prac­tices, wel­fare, ethics, di­ver­sity and so­cial jus­tice, and had an op­por­tu­nity to test their the­o­ret­i­cal un­der­stand­ing on eight, sep­a­rate pro­fes­sional work ex­pe­ri­ence place­ments.

“This en­sures stu­dents gain prac­ti­cal skills un­der­pinned by strong the­o­ret­i­cal knowl­edge, re­flect­ing on ex­pe­ri­ences as they learn,” Ms Hughes said.

The course would suit Year 12 grad­u­ates, grad­u­ates of the Diploma of Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care and peo­ple who are look­ing for a ca­reer change.

Ms Hughes said course par­tic­i­pants must have en­thu­si­asm for the high-energy de­mands of young chil­dren.

They should be re­spect­ful, have good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, cre­ativ­ity and flex­i­bil­ity and, of course, “end­less pa­tience”.

Visit high­ered.tafensw. edu.au for more de­tails.

Pa­tience and a sense of fun are needed as a child­care worker.

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