Twenty-three year old Sian Hogg's passion for working with children and early education developed from a love of doing makeup for the younger students at her dance school.

"As a dancer and performer I’ve always had a passion for working with children and early education is what I have always wanted to do. I just never pursued it until now," said Sian.

With her sights set on the future Sian has goals of working in the early education sector and enrolled herself in the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50113).

"My aim is to work within the industry, either in a centre or for our church. I would also love to run my own centre one day," she said.

The classroom has aspects of an early childhood centre, such as an outdoor play area, a craft corner, kitchen and bathroom. While also having enough space to have adult size tables and chairs for the students to sit at and take notes from the board.

"I think the room is the perfect balance between practical and formal learning. The ability to learn in a hands-on and nurturing environment. I love being able to learn in my own time but still have the structure needed for a tertiary course," she said.

She continued saying TAFE Queensland courses give you a depth of understanding into the early years and set you up for a rewarding career in early childhood education and care.

"This course is helping me develop the skills required to not only work as an early childhood educator within an early education centre, but also by completing my Diploma, I will be able to work as a lead educator in a centre," she said.

Sian chose TAFE Queensland because of the learning environment and the fact that the teachers care about every single one of their students.

"If you are struggling the teachers will make sure they get you the help you need or advise you of where to get assistance. The learning environment is one of the best I have experienced. It is structured enough for you to have deadlines but relaxed enough for you to be able to study in your own time," said Sian.

The advice that Sian would like to give to anyone looking to study is, "Talk to other people who have studied or are currently studying at TAFE Queensland. Also, don’t be afraid to ask questions, there is no such thing as a stupid question."


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