Tara Vickery is a young person who has “transformed her school life”, taking a school-based placement in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) after disengaging from her education.
During the year 10 to Uralla Central School, Tara lost interest in her studies. But after meeting with her guidance counselor, she began to investigate a career in early childhood education.
To extend this interest, he was offered one day a week of work experience as a school-based intern at Ural kindergarten, an on-site early childhood education center at his school. She has also enrolled in a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care through TAFE NSW.
Tara quickly thrived, deriving immense satisfaction from seeing the children develop every day and noticed that she was able to thrive in a hands-on learning environment, discovering a true passion for raising children.
She credits the internship with confirming that education was the route for her and that the vocational education and training (VET) route was the right one for her, with the interactive learning format and variety of theoretical and practical tasks a perfect mix.
“The Cert 3 Early Childhood Education and Care allows me to work in both nursery and preschool. The diploma is recognized by the University of New England. This will give me the opportunity to get a teaching degree at the end of my HSC this year. »
During her internship, Tara developed her social skills, gained self-confidence and felt great satisfaction seeing the children learn and develop.
In addition to the engaging daily learning experiences that Tara enjoyed while working at the Uralla Kindergarten, she was able to develop work strategies using what she had learned through her Certificate III.
Tara’s teachers at Uralla Central School say the change they have witnessed in Tara has been remarkable and she is an inspiration to other students. Tara, in turn, is proud of what she has accomplished and looks forward to continuing her education to become an Early Childhood Teacher (ECT.)
“My qualifications are taken for granted for other positions such as a Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood and Elementary) at the University of New England. My goal now is to become a kindergarten teacher,” she explained.
Tara was a finalist in the recently announced 2022 NSW Training Awards. To view the full list of winners and runners-up, see here.