Make a positive difference to the next generation with a career in early childhood education
GOTAFE is encouraging locals to consider a career in early childhood education, with industry demand for qualified educators at an all-time high.
Both the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) and Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) are available under the Free TAFE scheme.
Michelle Chiller, GOTAFE Director of Health, Wellbeing and Community said this is an exciting opportunity for those interested in making a difference in the lives of young children.
"Early childhood educators play a vital role in our community. It’s a very rewarding career with room for personal development and the potential to have a long-lasting impact on the lives of young children"
Our Seymour and Wallan campuses feature state-of-the-art simulation labs that reflect the early childhood care service environment. Community and family groups make use of the spaces, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
GOTAFE graduate, Cayla enjoyed the hands-on practical learning environment at GOTAFE. “[The simulation labs had] shelves filled with toys and stuff for us to practice and play with to get the ideas flowing,” she said.
Cayla has found her dream career, “I love teaching children and watching them learn," she said. “I love the little moments when I can see that a child understands something. It's like something goes off in their head and I can see they ‘get it’ and they learn,” she added.
Another GOTAFE graduate, Rachel said she benefited from the experience of her trainers and found the learning environment very supportive and encouraging.
"My trainer is a wealth of knowledge, supportive, approachable, and available. She taught more than was needed just to pass, she taught us to speak up for children’s advocacy and rights and helped us develop ourselves, so we had the confidence to speak up and have a voice about issues affecting us in the workplace. I would not be the educator I am today without her."
GOTAFE is hosting information sessions in Wallan and Seymour, so community members can tour the simulation labs and speak to careers advisors about starting their career in early childhood education. The sessions will take place at Seymour Wallis Street Campus on Tuesday 24 January from 10am – 12pm and 3pm – 5pm and Wallan Campus on Wednesday 25 January from 10am – 12pm and 3pm – 5pm.Find out more about our early childhood education courses on offer and apply now