After 17 years in the child care industry, Alison White, Trainer at Sage Institute of Child Care is passionate about sharing her knowledge and delivering the early childhood education program with a strong emphasis on theory and practice. Let’s find out more about Alison…
How long have you been working with Sage?
About 2 months.
What is your background?
I have extensive experience as a Director of Child Care centres in WA, NT, QLD including in Indigenous communities. Also, of course as a trainer!
What made you become a trainer?
I’m very passionate about early childhood education and embrace “open learning education” within any service. I ensure this is included within my style of teaching. The Early Years Learning Framework and the Reggio Emilia philosophy are very close to my heart and I ensure that this is delivered in an enjoyable way so that students have the opportunity to understand it and how it is implemented into a child care setting.
What do you like most about your role?
That I can share 17 years of child care experience, not only teaching all the legal requirements but the fun and exciting stories that I have. This encourages students to share their experiences, gets them out of their comfort zones and prepares them for this awesome industry we are all a part of.
What do you do in a week at Sage Institute of Child Care?
Deliver the Early Childhood Education and Care training package in a way that excites, inspires, and meets the individual needs of each and every student.
Which part of the child care course do you think students have the most fun with?
Every part of the course has a fun element even the health and safety unit. It’s all in the delivery. If you were to ask the students I believe they would have their favourites, but everyone is different and I believe they would vary quite a bit.
What’s been your favourite moment at Sage?
Getting to know all the students and their learning styles. I am enjoying being able to share my experiences of working in early childhood settings not only around Australia but overseas, to give the students an in-depth insight of what their options are once they have finished their child care diploma.
Why do you think a career in child care is such a terrific choice?
You have the opportunity to play with children every day and quickly realise how important the first five years of a child’s life is. You also realise how important our roles are as early childhood educators.
“You have the opportunity to play with children every day and quickly realise how important the first five years of a child’s life is. You also realise how important our roles are as early childhood educators.”
What do you think are ideal personality traits for a good child care worker?
Open minded, non-judgemental, an eye for detail and keen to always learn new things.
Do you have any tips on what budding child care employees should do to make themselves as employable as possible?
Be open, friendly and keen to start anywhere and always keep safety in mind. Work well as part of a team.
How do you relax?
Meditation, reading, walking and camping.
Okay then, if you had $100 to give to any charity in the world, what would it be?
The Cancer Council.
Sage Institute of Child Care – it’s more than a job, it’s a rewarding career.
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