ECEC Scholar and recent graduate Anita Kennedy shares her experience

After a career move into the Early Education and Care Sector over ten years ago, Anita Kennedy has been studying and working to enhance each child’s learning and development.

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With the support of a NSW Government Early Childhood Education Scholarship, Anita Kennedy graduated with a Bachelor of Early Childhood Education & Care (Birth to Five Years), earlier this month through TAFE NSW.

“After previously working in the banking industry, I sought a new career in the early childhood education and care sector in 2009, after having my third child,” Anita said.

“TAFE NSW teachers had already given me so much support with my previous studies (Certificate III and Diploma), so I was eager to continue my Bachelor study as I knew the wonderful and flexible study environment they offered.”

Currently working at Warragamba Preschool Inc on Dharug country, Anita is passionate about working with young children, in particular supporting the learning, growth and development of children with additional needs.

“Since commencing in the sector I have seen so many positive changes with improved policy and procedures, the introduction of the EYLF, learning stories, online apps, more inclusiveness and improved training.” Anita said.

“I’ve really enhanced my understanding of a child’s learning and development, both through my personal experience as a mother, but also through my studies and work.”

Anita shared that through studying she has increased her skills and knowledge, including in child-directed learning to focus on the child’s strengths, interests and abilities.

“I have a real passion for working with children who have many diverse abilities and love making a difference in their lives, and I find it rewarding to see the children reach milestones no matter how big or small.”

“Through my work I have learnt how important early intervention is and the need to collaborate with families and other professionals for the benefit of the child – this can make transition to school a smoother experience for everyone involved.”

“Children are capable of more than we think, and we should not have set expectations but instead extend them to their full potential.”

Anita said the scholarship has been a significant financial help, as it assisted with paying her course fees.

“It did feel daunting to undertake additional study, however receiving the scholarship and now having finished my degree shows that once you put your mind to it, it really is achievable!”

“I am excited to see early childhood education and care continue to be recognised as a very important time in a child's life for growth, development and learning.”

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