Cara Mackenzie finds the most rewarding part of teaching to be watching her students develop — whether it’s their skills and knowledge expanding, their self-confidence blossoming, or seeing them interact during class time and support each other to achieve their individual goals. Cara has been an assessor and trainer at Nepean Industry Edge Training for more than three years and enjoys creating a nurturing environment in her Diploma of Early Childhood, Education and Care classes. She’s an education veteran, having worked in the sector from the age of 16. Through this journey she’s been given the chance to observe the progression of the industry, which has resulted in an overwhelming passion to make sure that educators who are coming through are of a high standard.
Cara’s course is broken into two parts. The theory component entails two days in class, with homework assigned weekly as well. The second part consists of practical placement, where students have the opportunity to put into practice the skills and knowledge they have learnt in the classroom.
“The most rewarding part would be watching students grow in knowledge and confidence as they progress through the course,” Cara said. “It is incredibly rewarding to see students graduate and to hear they have successfully gained employment in an education and care service.”
And finally, if anyone’s undecided whether or not this course is for them, Cara explains why they should pursue a career in Early Childhood, Education and Care. “Anyone wanting to make a real difference in the lives of children should enrol in an early childhood course. The first five years of a child’s life are fundamentally so important. The early childhood industry needs well-trained, knowledgeable educators who have a real passion for what they do.”
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