Today (January 24) is International Day of Education, a day marked around the world to celebrate the role of education for peace and development.
Education offers children a ladder out of poverty and a path to a promising future. This year the theme is to ‘invest in people, prioritise education’.
Our Early Childhood staff embody this ethos, providing learning and development support through play and specialist programs to help children and parents thrive.
Amy and Kirsty, who both work at our Beaudesert Early Years Centre in Queensland, enjoy the role they play in supporting children’s education.
"As an educator, I am able to advocate and promote the education, care, and rights of children,” Amy says. “In addition to giving children the opportunity to explore and make sense of the world, I ensure that they feel comfortable and secure in their learning environment.
“I feel it is our responsibility to equip them with the tools they need to be effective and engaged students throughout their school years and beyond.”
For Kirsty, it means supporting children to help them learn, develop and grow. “It gives me a sense of belonging,” she says. “I enjoy building relationships with children and their families and nurturing these to build positive outcomes for their children.”
Kirsty (left) and Amy
The gift of learning
Being an early childhood teacher is a vocation they both find fulfilling.
“The uniqueness of each child makes this job very rewarding,” Amy says. “I enjoy watching the difference we can make in a child's life, witnessing their growth in learning and development.
“In addition, it's really rewarding to witness the excitement on their faces when they understand something or try anything for the first time.
“Everything is so fascinating to kindergarteners, and we have the opportunity of experiencing it all over again through their eyes.”
It’s also a career that’s ever-changing. “It’s wonderful to see the way in which Early Childhood Education has changed over the years; there is so much advocacy and research happening around the early years and its importance,” Kirsty says. “I am constantly learning and evolving.”
For more information about our Early Childhood Years programs and services, click here or call 1800 236 762.