Open day a chance to gain in­sight into TAFE fa­cil­i­ties

South Western Times - - News - Emily Ace

Stu­dents will gain valu­able faceto-face skills in a new sim­u­lated child care set­ting at South Re­gional TAFE Bun­bury Cam­pus, with the fa­cil­ity open to view at the TAFE Open Day on Oc­to­ber 13.

The cam­pus will open its doors from 10am to 1pm so po­ten­tial stu­dents can find out more about train­ing, take a cam­pus tour, speak to a lec­turer or get help with their ap­pli­ca­tion.

Child­care lec­turer Tr­ish Carl­son said the sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment would al­low the stu­dents to prac­tice hands-on skills and gain con­fi­dence in a safe learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment, un­der the guid­ance and sup­port from lec­tur­ers.

“Our stu­dents are ex­tremely well sup­ported by the lo­cal child care in­dus­try and join lo­cal ser­vices for prac­ti­cal place­ments, but the sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment will help them gain con­fi­dence be­fore they go on place­ment,” Mrs Carl­son said.

Train­ing man­ager Sam Ehrlich said the long-term plan for the cen­tre was to pro­vide sup­port to par­ent­ing groups.

“The idea will be that the par­ents can re­lax and have a cuppa at the cafe while their bubs spend some time in the child care en­vi­ron­ment in­ter­act­ing with the stu­dents,” Mrs Ehrlich said

“The sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment has been cre­ated to re­flect the fa­cil­i­ties stu­dents will see in in­dus­try and pro­vide them with ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to fa­mil­iarise them­selves with the equip­ment.

“Hav­ing time to in­ter­act, play and meet the care needs of chil­dren in this en­vi­ron­ment will help stu­dents en­ter their work place­ments with a higher level of skills, un­der­stand­ing and confi- dence.” The sim­u­lated en­vi­ron­ment is lo­cated close to the class­room, al­low­ing a seam­less tran­si­tion from the­ory to prac­ti­cal train­ing.

South Re­gional TAFE man­ag­ing direc­tor Dun­can An­der­son wel­comed the new fa­cil­ity and the op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to learn fur­ther prac­ti­cal skills with sup­port and guid­ance from their lec­tures.

“We want to en­sure our stu­dents gain prac­ti­cal ex­pe­ri­ence while sup­ported by their lec­tur­ers,” he said.

“This sim­u­lated child­care en­vi­ron­ment is an­other way we can do this.

“We work closely with in­dus­try to en­sure sim­u­lated train­ing is as rel­e­vant and re­al­is­tic as pos­si­ble so our stu­dents will be job ready when they fin­ish their course.”

Brock, 4, Dustin, 9 months, and Azaria, 3 were im­pressed with the sim­u­lated child care set­ting and the skills of child care stu­dents Carmel Samp­son and Lisa San­der.

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