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From parent to passionate childcare Educator

Mia Aplin pursued a career in early learning after her own son's experience in childcare.

Careers and employment

Article by Aimee Iannone

Mia's son had challenges adapting to new people and communicating. But Mia needed to entrust a childcare centre with his care.  

And reassuringly, she found his educators understood and supported him. So, Mia became motivated to provide the same warmth and security for other parents. 

She said: “The relief that comes from knowing my child can regulate himself in the presence of educators who understand him is truly invaluable.”  

Mia started her Traineeship at Goodstart Burton, South Australia, in June 2023. This involved studying for a Certificate III Early Childhood Education and Care [ECEC]. She completed the course in just six months.  

It's something she puts down to the unwavering support of her team. In particular, Centre Director Tamicka.  

Tamicka is passionate about early learning and committed to nurturing strong-minded Educators. This left a lasting impression. Mia said: "We often sat down together to discuss real-life scenarios and experiences that helped shape my mindset as an Educator."  

Mia (right, with the team at Burton, SA) believes it is important to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child

The Goodstart Burton team of Educators express a collaborative spirit that enhanced Mia's learning journey. And she found the training provider, ACCCO, especially supportive too.  

After a great experience, Mia will embark on a Diploma, which will allow her to progress in her career.  

In her role, Mia believes it is important to acknowledge the uniqueness of each child. She creates environments that cater to individual needs, respecting different routines and practices. In turn, this fosters growth and learning. 

Mia is also on a mission is to offer parents the assurance that their children are in a safe and comfortable space. Her goal is to support children's development on an individualised level.  

Looking ahead, Mia sees herself as a strong childcare Educator with a wealth of knowledge. Her dream is to become an early childhood teacher (ECT). She wants to have a significant impact on the education children receive.  

More than anything, Mia believes in fostering a nurturing and supportive environment. She believes this helps children explore interests, develop skills, and reach full potential.  

For those considering a career in ECEC, Mia said: “If you have a passion for making a positive impact on children's lives, I wholeheartedly encourage you to pursue a traineeship in childcare." 

She added: "This career is incredibly inspiring. It allows you to shape young minds and facilitate their development into successful individuals.”  

For Mia, a traineeship is not just a job. It's an opportunity to contribute positively to the development of children. And it's a way to find fulfillment while making a lasting impact.  

Interested? Find out more about Traineeships at Goodstart

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