Teacher added to Ed­in­burgh team

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Ed­in­burgh In­sti­tute is pleased to wel­come Julie Dent to their early child­hood teach­ing team. She will be teach­ing on their Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care level 5 pro­gramme.

Julie has an ex­ten­sive back­ground in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion in New Zealand that goes back nearly 30 years. She has worked in sev­eral early child­hood set­tings and owned her own cen­tre for awhile. She has been teach­ing the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cates lev­els 3 and 5 for five years.

“I get a lot of en­joy­ment and sat­is­fac­tion in what I do,” she says.

“I try to keep learn­ing rel­e­vant and fun. I work to make links be­tween what the stu­dent al­ready knows and we work to­gether to build new knowl­edge.

“Dur­ing the course there will be op­por­tu­ni­ties to link the­ory and prac­tice with a mix­ture of class tu­to­ri­als and practicum ex­pe­ri­ences in early child­hood cen­tres.”

Ed­in­burgh is ac­cept­ing applications for a spe­cial in­take, which is start­ing next week.

This in­take has been timetabled with classes Mon­day to Fri­day 9.30am to 2pm to suit the needs of par­ents or car­ers of school-aged chil­dren.

Now is def­i­nitely the time to start study­ing for a ca­reer in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion. With changes to early child­hood reg­u­la­tions, and in­creas­ing num­bers of chil­dren be­ing en­rolled in early child­hood cen­tres, there is a des­per­ate short­age of qual­i­fied teach­ers and many job va­can­cies re­main un­filled.

If you like work­ing with young chil­dren, now is a great time to get started on a re­ward­ing ca­reer.

If you do not meet the en­try re­quire­ments for a bach­e­lor of teach­ing, Ed­in­burgh In­sti­tute of­fers you the first step on your ca­reer path with the Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in Early Child­hood Ed­u­ca­tion and Care level 5.

This is a com­pre­hen­sive course which pre­pares stu­dents for en­try into ei­ther the diploma or bach­e­lor of teach­ing in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and al­lows for cross-credit to­wards th­ese higher qual­i­fi­ca­tions. Loans and al­lowances are avail­able to do­mes­tic stu­dents.

The Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate level 5 is a full­time course of 34 weeks. Eng- lish sup­port, study and es­say writ­ing skills are in­cluded in pro­gramme. Each stu­dent must also com­plete 30 days of prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence in two early child­hood cen­tres.

Ed­in­burgh In­sti­tute wel­comes both New Zealand and in­ter­na­tional stu­dents of all ages. Stu­dents must be at least 17 years old and have no se­ri­ous con­vic­tions in or­der to work in an early child­hood cen­tre.

Many suc­cess­ful early child­hood teach­ers have started from scratch in ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion. Women who have raised their fam­i­lies and want to re­turn to the work­force, and who en­joy work­ing with chil­dren, will find this an ideal op­por­tu­nity to start a new ca­reer.

Peo­ple who have com­pleted at least three years of secondary ed­u­ca­tion and have a good level English lan­guage and lit­er­acy skills, but who are not yet ready or con­fi­dent to start on de­gree level ed­u­ca­tion, would ben­e­fit by un­der­tak­ing the level 5 Na­tional Cer­tifi­cate in ECE. Stu­dents with English as a sec­ond lan­guage will need English skills equiv­a­lent to IELTS level 5.5.

At Ed­in­burgh In­sti­tute, stu­dents will find a nur­tur­ing, re­laxed and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment. Ed­in­burgh’s ex­pe­ri­enced staff are com­mit­ted to stu­dent’s suc­cess­fully com­plet­ing their stud­ies and pro­gress­ing into em­ploy­ment and de­gree stud­ies. For en­rol­ment or in­for­ma­tion, phone Gini on 915-5505 or text 021-129-8952.

Julie Dent

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