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Ms Lee Higgins, Director of Teddy Bears Child Care Centre at Tweed Heads and who has been managing the facility for 20 years, says she sees great value in the experience the students gain from work placement opportunities within the industry.
“The students who are referred to me from TAFE are well prepared and confident”Ms Lee Higgins, Tweed Heads
“Students that come to me for work placement must convince me that they are a reasonable and trustworthy person before I feel confident for them to engage with the children in our care,” says Ms Higgins.
“The students who are referred to me from TAFE are well prepared and confident. They are well supported by their teachers, who visit the students throughout their placement to ensure they are receiving quality training and to assess them on the job,” continued Ms Higgins.
Tiarne Neale, who has just completed her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, says she has always wanted to be an early childhood educator.
“My mum was an early childhood educator and had her own family day care centre where I used to help out when I was young,” said Tiarne.
“The play sessions we ran at the TAFE campus in our Jindi Centre really prepared me for my work placement role. Being in one centre for two weeks allowed me to engage with a focus child and use the skills I had developed at TAFE to assess their cognitive and language ability, which I found really interesting,” says Tiarne.
Tiarne Neale plays with a child during her work placement
Jo Jackson, Head teacher of Child and Family Services at Kingscliff TAFE, says these industry ties are built on mutual respect and are pivotal to satisfy training criteria.
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