With over 26 years' experience working in the childcare industry, early childhood education and care teacher Sharron King is passionate about sharing her knowledge with Australia’s up-and-coming early childhood professionals.

It’s a career that has been a labour of love for Mrs King who admits she can’t imagine doing anything else.

“I’ve always enjoyed working with children, but I wanted to teach others about what it takes to be a great educator,” Mrs King said.

“I undertook my Year 10 work experience at the local school in my small country town in New South Wales and from that point on I knew a career in the teaching industry was the right path for me. And while I loved working with families as a Childcare Director, I’ve discovered that teaching the next generation of educators is my passion,” she said.

“I love that I can come to work every day and enjoy what I do. I get to inspire our students to become industry ready educators that will make a significant difference in children’s lives, and that’s an incredibly rewarding feeling.”

Mrs King joined TAFE Queensland in 2015 and was quick to leave her mark on the organisation, introducing the highly successful Play Day event to the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care course in Mooloolaba.

The Play Day event sees students plan and set up a safe, educational, and engaging environment for children from local early childhood centres. The hands-on experience provides students with a valuable experiential learning opportunity that puts them in a real work setting.

“The response from our students and the childcare centres involved has been fantastic,” Mrs King said.

“It’s amazing to see our students in action and enjoying the chance to put the skills and knowledge they’ve learned into practice. They get their first taste of what it’s like to help shape young minds and how rewarding that can be, which is beautiful to witness.

“The children love it too — in fact, its success at our Mooloolaba campus has allowed us to introduce the experience to our Bundaberg campus.”

TAFE Queensland East Coast region General Manager Ana Rodger said teachers play an integral role in inspiring students and preparing them to achieve greatness.

“Teachers like Sharron are the lifeblood of our organisation,” Ms Rodger said.

“When you ask our students what’s been the best thing about their time at TAFE Queensland, overwhelmingly their response will be the support and encouragement that has been shown to them by their teachers,” she said.

Discover how TAFE Queensland can help you kick start your career in early childhood education and care by calling 1300 308 233.

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