Life-changing experiences working with vulnerable communities in Africa taught Lily Edema about the powerful role education can play in young people’s lives.
Seeing education as an agent for positive change, Lily completed an early childhood education and care diploma as part of a Holmesglen Free TAFE course.
It gave her the qualification to work as a full-time co-educator in a three-year-old kindergarten and start a new career.
“I have always loved working with children from an early age. I was involved in programs with kindergartens while I was at school, which is where I first realised how much I enjoyed it."
What jobs can you get with an early childhood education and care diploma?
An early childhood education and care diploma is suitable for people who want to develop and provide education and care programs for young people.
Graduates may explore various job opportunities, which include becoming an:
- early childhood educator
- out of school hours educator or coordinator
- family day care operator
- educational leader
- early childhood service director or coordinator
What skills do early childhood educators need?
Early childhood educators need skills to help develop, run and support early childhood education and care programs.
Lily says the core subjects she studied at Holmesglen gave her practical, technical and administrative skills, which support her current professional responsibilities.
During the Diploma, Lily learned how to:
- Help children with cooperative behaviour
- Build positive relationships with young children
- Support play experiences to encourage children’s learning and creativity
- Maintain the health and safety of children
- Utilise approved learning frameworks
She says the course’s compulsory practical placement component also helped grow her confidence.
“Through the many subjects that I completed in my diploma I have been able to build on my skills and knowledge to support me in my role as an educator.
“The most rewarding part of working in early childhood education is building relationships with children. Seeing them grow and develop over time is such an amazing thing to witness.”
Lily’s advice for aspiring early childhood educators
“If you are thinking about starting a career in early childhood because you love children and have a passion for it, there is no reason not to do it.
“The diploma is a great qualification to have and something that is achievable for everyone.
“Early childhood education has room for personal development, as well as opportunities to advance your career, no matter what age you are.”
Find out more about our early childhood education courses and your study and career options.