Lynelle didn't think she'd be studying at the age of fifty. But after being made redundant in her previous role, she had to make a new plan for her career.

Working previously in different fields ranging from dental nursing through to retail, Lynelle was initially unsure of what career direction to take. However childcare was an area she was interested in so she decided to enrol in the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) as a mature-age student.

"Having only had the one child I felt that I hadn't finished giving in the motherly way, I still have so much more to give," she said.

Having been out of the classroom for so long, Lynelle was unsure of what to expect when returning to study. But she was surprised to see the facilities on offer, with her classroom set up just like a childcare centre complete with child size table and chairs, art and craft materials, as well as reference and story books.

"I have been quite impressed with the Springfield campus. I love the classroom set up and it's good having the same things that you would come across in a childcare centre," said Lynelle.

"We also do work placement at a centre, usually once a week. I had no idea what really happened in a childcare centre. It's great having that hands-on experience and learning from the educators who have been doing the program for so long because it gives you a better idea of if it is really what you want to do," said Lynelle.

Lynelle is especially loving the impact she gets to make on childrens' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

"The behavioural aspects of children I've found super interesting. Having only had the one child you don't see a lot of other things that children do. I particularly love story time, I love becoming the character of the story, sharing that and passing that enjoyment onto others. Being able to have that one-on-one time with a child, sitting and reading a story I've found very rewarding," said Lynelle.

Lynelle's advice to others considering studying with TAFE Queensland is to stop thinking and start doing.

"If you're a mature aged student definitely give it a go, don't be scared just come on in — the support is there through the teaching."



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