Child and Family Studies

SkillsOne talks to Kim Rowland, a TAFE Teacher in Child Studies, who tells us about what exactly takes place in the course. We find out the subjects which are studied and what is needed to get into childcare and be a success.

About Kim:

Kim is a bubbly, bright teacher with 3 children. After finishing high school Kim completed a course at the Institute of Early Childhood. She has worked in long day care centres, colleges and schools… she decided she needed a change and started working at TAFE as a part time casual. She works 2 days a week, but, next term she will be working a night as well. As well as teaching she is the co-ordiator of Certificate 3 and is the liaison officer. She absolutely loves it! She teaches the course so it is interactive, fun, entertaining and gives students real life examples. She is always learning from the students!

She co-ordinates: Work place assessments, students excursions and trainee programs.

Some of the subjects she teaches are:

  • Care for children and babies
  • Programming and planning activities
  • Health and Safety
  • Preparing Play Environments
  • Children's Development
  • First Aid
  • Working with families
  • Legal and ethical studies

About TAFE:

TAFE NSW is Australia's largest training provider, and it is among the largest in the world. The letters 'TAFE' stand for Technical and Further Education, and, for hundreds of thousands of people each year, it also stands for high quality, accessible training. TAFE NSW prides itself on offering quality education tailored to suit your needs. Whether you're looking for your first job, a promotion or a career change, or you want extra knowledge and skills to add to your enjoyment of life, TAFE NSW can deliver. TAFE offers relevant training and education in a way that makes sense in today's world. TAFE NSW courses and education programs are delivered flexibly – online, by distance, face-to-face, or by a combination of methods.

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