When did you start working with h&h?

I started working with h&h in August 2021 as a full time Trainer and Assessor for ECEC in the Distance Education department.

What inspired you to started working in the childcare training industry?

I decided to work as a trainer so that I could share my genuine love for children, early learning and development with others. It’d be a blessing if my students completed their qualification with a passion for being an early childhood educator. I think that a career in Early Childhood Education and Care is extremely rewarding as we play a part in the most important years of a child’s life. I’d love for my students to develop the skills and expertise to make a positive difference in these young lives.

Describe your role as a childcare trainer:

My role as a childcare trainer, is building positive relationships with the students, centre managers, and other educators. It’s a great opportunity to get to know and chat with people outside my family, neighbours, and work colleagues who I talk to every day. I have been fortunate to have worked alongside many amazing passionate educators in a variety of services, who have inspired and challenged me to further understand and improve my skills about the industry. I believe by empowering other educators and providing comfortable and supportive environment as a trainer, I can empower educators to feel free to be themselves and achieve their full potential.

Why should students’ study with h&h?

As a student I pursued my first qualification in Australia with h&h. It was an amazing experience completing my certificate III followed by Diploma in children’s services back in 2009. I received a Nationally Recognised Qualification, which equipped me with the essential knowledge, and skills to work in childcare. I still remember getting my first job before completing the course, it gave me the confidence and motivation I needed to move forward with a challenging yet rewarding career. I will never forget the training and support I received as well as the valuable experience shared with me. I look forward to providing this support and wealth of experience to future prospective childcare professionals.

“To teach is to touch a life forever, and you surely did mine”.

What advice would you give your students whilst studying?

Trainers play an important role in a students’ life. Every Trainer is different, and that’s a good thing. Different trainers can teach students in unique ways, which I believe is valuable for their success. However, I believe there are a few traits/skills that can help you to be more successful.

Flexibility – In this industry it is very important to be able to adapt to the ever-changing environment.

Determination – It is very important for students to have a goal to accomplish. I would advise all my students to always perform to the best of their ability and not to allow any excuses to get in the way of accomplishing your goals.

Personal Development – Reflecting on every day practices helps you continuously grow, learn, and improve. Making continuous changes and improvements can help you do better every day.

Confidence – It is very important to have this skill. Having faith in yourself can help you achieve anything you set your mind to.

Communication – Effective communication skills go a long way in building trust between trainer & student.

What do you do to maintain mental health and wellness?

To maintain mental health and wellness, I treat myself with kindness, respect and avoid unproductive self-criticism. I make time for things I like such as gardening, embroidery, taking dance lessons or going for bush walks. These activities allow for a healthy amount of self-reflection to assist in my personal development.

What does a usual day at work look like for you?

Being a distance trainer, I encourage students to complete learning tasks and other checkpoints to ensure they are developing competencies and are able to take part in assessments. Completion of such tasks allows me as their trainer to provide additional support where required. My day-to-day duties also include marking and grading assessments, advise students on course related issues by responding to their queries, maintain student records of progress, provide constructive feedback to students about their progress/performance and discuss and interact with students to determine individual learning needs, among other responsibilities.

What is your favourite part of teaching?

My favourite part of teaching is to interact with my students, learning from them and helping them understand the content of the course. Within that, it forms a connection between their learning in their lives as an early childhood educator. This is extremely important in order to ensure they relate this training to their job in the real world.

How did you become a Trainer/Assessor? What led you to this role?

I’ve worked in Early Childhood Education since 2009. During my career I have worked with all age groups across a variety of services in Sydney. I am so passionate about early childhood sector and love sharing information with others. While working in the role of Lead educator, I found a real passion for training and working closely with other educators. It was this was my pathway into professional development.