Expression of Interest
Thank you for your interest in becoming an early childhood educator in Melbourne. Just think, you might be making the brave step into one of the most rewarding careers! We will be with you every step of the way. We do not see our students as 'empty vessels' ready to be filled with information and ideas, but rather see our role as one of 'igniting the flames' and passion to become the very best you can be.
Given all the dodgy stuff happening in RTO land, we have a very thorough engagement process that begins with a face to face chat. During this chat we will outline the types of jobs and careers available to you, discuss the 'nitty gritty' of early childhood education (dealing with poopy nappies and singing about it!) and if this does not turn you off we will outline the course structure and requirements to pass.
If you then decide that this course is for you, we will conduct a Language and Literacy test to see if you meet at least ACSF level 3. This is a technical way to ensure you can locate and comprehend information in detailed written material such as a job description. Can interpret information from charts and tables such as flight schedules and use the 'help' facility in a software program. You can compare information from different sources and use organisers, such as headings and indexes in manuals as well as use punctuation such as apostrophes and quotation marks as an aid to understanding and spell with reasonable accuracy.
Basically, we do not want to sign you up for a course that you dont like the career prospects, have a poor understanding of the course structure, or wont have the literacy and numeracy to be able to complete because that's unethical!
You can meet us and find out how we work at one of our weekly information sessions.
Our courses are run from our early childhood hub at the Abbotsford Convent which is situated just outside Melbourne CBD. You will be required to attend 2 full days of classroom training per month and participate in 1 day of work experience placement per week for the duration of the course. We call this our reverse classroom.
In our 'reverse classroom' you will practice, play and learn in real life environments during work experience and you will bring these experiences, and 'real problems' (not scenarios) to the classroom where you will workshop solutions. We see the world as the classroom and our learning hub a place of enquiry and reflection, a place where learning is unfolding as a shared experience.
Please use this form to submit an expression of interest to attend our early childhood learning hub and and find out whether you really could be the most extraordinary early childhood educator.