When did you start working with h&h?
I started working for h&h since March 2021, I started as a Distance ECEC Trainer and have now moved to the Traineeship Department.
What inspired you to start working in the childcare training industry?
After a decade in the early childhood field, I really enjoyed mentoring and sharing my passion for the early years of children with fellow co-workers, as well as students on their practicums.
Working in the childcare training industry now, I can continue to inspire and motivate quality educators in the early childhood sector.
Describe your role as a childcare trainer:
My role as a childcare trainer involves guiding students in their learning journey as early childhood professionals. It also involves mentoring, training and assessing student’s knowledge and skills needed in the workforce as an early childhood educator and carer.
Why should students’ study with h&h?
h&h is a very professional and personable training organisation who go above and beyond to support your learning journey. h&h has a welcoming and friendly culture, very inclusive and always willing to help guide students in the right direction to further learning opportunities and bright futures.
What advice would you give your students whilst studying
My advice for students is to organise your study time within your week. When you have a clear vision and set yourself goals, your study journey will be smoother and more enjoyable. I encourage students to always ask questions, so they can have an optimal study experience here at h&h.
What do you do to maintain mental health and wellness?
It has always been a passion of mine to dance my worries away, so I enjoy social dancing and moving to music. For my mental health and wellness, I practice yoga and enjoy journaling to always reflect to better and improve myself.
What does a usual day at work look like for you?
I start my day with a coffee and answering emails, then get to communicating to my students via phone. Usually in the week I have planned days to visit my traineeship students, therefore I would be driving to each trainee student and supporting their study journey. I love meeting students in person and guiding them in their early childhood profession. After visiting all my wonderful students, I had booked in for the day, I would come back to the college to complete more marking and emails. When nearing the end of my workday, I follow my schedule in my diary, so I am ready for my next workday!
What is your favourite part of teaching?
My favourite part of teaching is interacting with my students and sharing my passion for the early childhood industry. I love when students question and reflect on their own experiences with me and feel motivated to learn more about the profession. I strive to share the love of learning and create the lifelong learning motto when I teach.
How did you become a Trainer/Assessor? What led you to this role?
I feel very lucky to have a full-time job ready for me after I finished my bachelor’s degree back in 2014, as I was a casual childcare worker during my university years. I accepted my first full time job as a qualified Early Childhood Teacher.
During the past 7 years, I have had an amazing learning experience as an Early Childhood Teacher in leadership roles and worked alongside many wonderful educators. I was also able to supervise and mentor students on their work placements and this is where I found my pathway to the trainer/assessor role. I really enjoyed mentoring and motivating individuals about the importance of our job and advocating for the early childhood industry. So, I decided to study the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
What is the most creative thing you’ve done with your classes?
I try my best to make my classes fun and interactive. I enjoy music and movement and getting confident in being yourself when teaching children, so I encouraged my students to learn various songs and musical activities when we learn about various topics in early childhood. Recently I took out my ukulele and taught my classroom students how to dance and sing the wombat wobble, everyone looked great dancing and the classroom was full of smiles!