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Gunnedah’s Zoe Devine is making a positive impression on all the
children at Li’l Achievers Early Learning Centre, using the skills she
learnt at TAFE NSW to kick-start her dream career.
After spending two weeks impressing staff during her TAFE NSW work
placement training at Li’l Achievers in late 2018, Zoe was offered,
and accepted, a full-time position as a childcare educator in January
“Zoe was amazing when she participated in work placement and we knew
we wanted her working here,” Li’l Achievers School Readiness Class
Room Leader Jade Bartlett said.
“We are very lucky to have her in the School Readiness class – she’s
excellent with the children who have special needs and all the
children just absolutely love her.
“I know thanks to TAFE NSW she has all the skills required to
successfully run the room if I’m not here.”
A humble Zoe said working in early childhood education and care was a
dream come true.
“I enjoy being able to watch the children progress – witnessing them
grow, develop and learn, and forming bonds with the children and their
parents is very rewarding,” she said.
“Studying at TAFE NSW was really enjoyable – the help, care and
support from my teachers was the backbone of me being successful and
setting me on this exciting career path.
“I would encourage anyone considering early childhood education and
care as a career to go to TAFE – it helped change my life.”
TAFE NSW Early Childhood Education and Care Teacher, Penny Bryen, is
not surprised by Zoe’s early career success, describing her as a
‘wonderful, compassionate educator with outstanding leadership qualities’.
“Zoe is bright and caring and very suited to this industry,” Ms Bryen
said. “She shows a passion for helping children, especially those with
“Throughout her study Zoe’s strengths were her perseverance and
willingness to commit and learn. She always showed professionalism in
the classroom and her workplace and I have no doubt she will have a
successful career in early childhood education and care.
“Zoe is proof that studying at TAFE NSW through a mix of face-to-face
and online learning can result in exciting, real-life employment
opportunities because industry trusts our training.
“With the Australian Government’s Job Outlook website predicting more
than 36,000 new job openings in early childhood education and care
across the country to 2022, now is the perfect time for anyone
considering a career in this industry to come and learn from industry
experts at TAFE.”
For more information on how you can get a head-start in an exciting
early childhood education and care career, visit www.tafensw.edu.au or
phone 131 601.