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Building Future Generations in Early Childhood Education

19 Apr 2018

Sabrina Ariza’s motivation for becoming an early childhood teacher was to influence the next generation. She is here to help you do the same.

An important factor of becoming an early childhood teacher is that you need to like kids! But it’s not the only quality required. Sabrina Aria, one of our Certificate III and IV in Early Childhood and Care teacher, came to the industry with a passion for child development. Sabrina says, “Obviously being around children is really fun and you feel rewarded in your work when kids are involved, but for me it was more about learning human development and the reactions we have when we are in contact with children, and also their reactions too”.

Sabrina studied in her native Colombia and moved to Australia 11 years ago and began her own family. Her extensive knowledge in childhood development and care underpins her gentle nature and commitment to getting each and every student through their course. Sabrina’s teaching style spans the breadth of the course work while honing in on students individual learning style “I have a really reflective practice when I'm planning and delivering my sessions.”

More to Early Childhood Education

Whilst the childcare industry certainly has its playful and fun moments, Sabrina wants to let future teachers know that there is so much more to a career in the early childhood classroom. She says, “Everybody that is in contact with the child, especially in the early life stages is influencing the child’s perception of the world and how they will come to learn. Teachers of the next generation have the responsibility from the minute the little person is in contact with you. From that moment, the child is learning”.

Sabrina is highly knowledgeable in childcare practices, but she brings her ‘teaching the teacher’ skills to us here at Melbourne Polytechnic. Her students love that she puts them at ease, especially when they first start classes and it can all be a bit daunting. Her classes are very interactive and hands on including work placements, and she structures her program around what will work for an individual student and turns that into group practice.

Success comes from Curiosity

Sabrina says that the key to success in the classroom is to ask questions and experience as much as you can; “every human being is different, so even though you can have experience, you’re always are learning. Everybody has a different way of doing things and that's why it's important to ask, go to different childcare centres and experience how everybody does things differently, how they apply the philosophies in different ways, and mostly, just be open to it all”.

Being embedded in industry is important both teachers and students alike. “We create connections with centres between classroom and work, Childcare Centre staff will often come to class and talk to the students about different situations out in the real world.  We also go to the industry and create those connections with the educators. And of course, we get to collaborate but also continue learning about children's development through conversations and interactions.

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