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Rose Kote lights up a room and her warmth extends to everyone she meets. It's no wonder her nurturing nature led her to pursue a career helping young children learn and grow.

Rose was raised in a small village in Papua New Guinea, surrounded by family.

"I grew up with three sisters and one brother and it was my responsibility to assist my parents in the daily chores of raising the family," Rose said.

After high school, Rose worked as a receptionist and in customer service before venturing across the Coral Sea and launching a career change.

"In December 2016 I moved permanently to Australia with my husband and we settled in Mount Isa."

"After so much thought and serious consideration, I decided to pursue a career in early childhood education and care," Rose continued.

"Armed with my natural talent and born passion for caring for my younger siblings, I enrolled in a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30113) at the Mount Isa campus."

With new skills under her belt, Rose was able to secure work before she'd even finished her training, taking on an educator role with Red Oasis Early Education and Care. Rose said her supportive workplace had contributed to her success.

"They have been at the forefront of my development, sharing their expertise and knowledge, and even providing me with a job for my learning and development. I appreciate what they have done and how they continue to assist me in my career and personal development," Rose said.

After completing her certificate studies, Rose was keen to further her knowledge and she enrolled in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

"I am really grateful and appreciative of TAFE Queensland, and particularly my teachers who were very knowledgeable and understanding. I believe they know the needs of each individual student and they really do care about you. My teachers have been so helpful, without them I would not have accomplished all I have achieved," Rose said.

Early childhood education and care teacher, Jodie Hilton said Rose was a dedicated student.

"Rose strived at all times to succeed in her studies, always asking questions or for guidance if she needed support," Jodie said.

"Rose is well-suited to working in early childhood education and care. She is a very caring and supportive person and this shows in her everyday practices at the service with children, families and her peers."

Rose said supporting the needs of young children was incredibly rewarding.

"The most fulfilling aspect of working in the childcare industry is the huge smiles and cuddles I get from all my children and families. It is important and a great feeling when the families know that their child is being taught and looked after by a passionate, genuine, lovable and competent educator."

 

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