Everyone’s journey into their career is different. Some of us may venture through many different avenues before finding where we are meant to be, whereas others just instinctively know what career path is right for them.
For Practical Outcomes early childhood education trainer Felicity Vaillard, she has always known that teaching in some way is what she was born to do.
“Coming from having four younger sisters, I was always playing teachers at home and just wanted that to be my job from an early age”, she explained.
While initially thinking that primary school teaching was her ideal career, Felicity completed a Certificate qualification in early childhood education and quickly found that this was an area that she wanted to be a part of.
“I knew early on that I wanted to become a trainer and most importantly, an advocate for the sector.”
From early childhood educator to early childhood trainer
Her career began working on the floor in a childcare centre, before honing in on her special interest in inclusion. She then went on to provide education and care in multicultural resource settings and support families who have children with special needs and disabilities.
Always planning for the future and her personal and professional growth, she also spent her time studying a Bachelor of Early Childhood and Primary Education, as well as a TAE Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Raising a family of her own, Felicity opted for a tree change for a while and headed back on to the floor in a childcare centre in regional Victoria, as well as taking on a role in childcare consulting. While she loved working directly with children, she wanted to switch things up and knew it was time to share her experience, knowledge and skills with other passionate carers as a trainer in early childhood education.
Supporting dedicated new educators
Beginning this new journey within her early childhood career was exciting, giving Felicity the chance to support the new educators coming through into the sector.
“I love that I can be a part of ensuring that we do have passionate, dedicated people entering early childhood education.”
Felicity highlighted how rewarding it is to work in a career knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of children and their families. She is confident that early childhood education is gaining the recognition it deserves from people, perhaps in light of the pandemic and associated challenges throughout this year.
“People are realising that they need to access early childhood education and care for their children, and everyone seems to have a greater appreciation for what a child and communities have to gain from it”, Felicity explained.
In addition, working within the early childhood education and care sector provides many pathways to follow, opportunities for further training and career progression. Felicity’s advice for anyone interested in being an early childhood educator?
“Remember why we are there — for the children. Lay those foundations and let children lead their learning”.
Make a real difference in early childhood education
Felicity encourages anyone who wants to enter the sector, to commit to making a real difference:
“Anyone can sign up and do the course and be an educator, but if you want to make a difference it starts off with passion for children’s wellbeing. Then go that next step, and advocate for the children”.
If you’re interested to find out whether it’s time for you to start a career in early childhood education, take a look at our study checklist. Studying online makes it easy to get started in a thriving career you can really be proud of.
For more information about how to get started with an early childhood education career, contact us today.