The gift of connection
When Brendan Webb takes a moment to admire the artwork on the walls of his home, his heart swells. For this passionate Assistant Educator, the drawings and paintings are priceless for what they represent: the special bond he has with the children at Goodstart Early Learning.
“The children have given me a lot of artwork over the years, and I have them framed around my house,” Brendan says. “Knowing a child has created something and seen me as worthy of their art - it’s such a gift. That’s what I love about this role - the relationships you build with the children.”
Brendan has been a valued member of the Goodstart team since 2019. In fact, he joined our Hobart West Centre as Goodstart’s first-ever First Nations male trainee!
Today, our Assistant Educator cherishes the opportunity to make a positive and enduring impact on young learners’ lives. But perhaps what he values most of all are the many small yet meaningful moments of connection he experiences every day.
“I love it when I come into the Centre in the morning, and the children come up and say, ‘Hello! I’ve got something to show you!’ They’re so happy and proud. Those interactions are really meaningful to me. It makes me strive to support the children as best I can and provide the most beneficial learning experiences.”
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Supported to make a difference
After finishing high school, Brendan wasn’t entirely sure which career path to take. He spent a few years exploring different options - engineering, teaching, finance - until a bridging course introduced him to disability support - and a new, purposeful direction.
“I got to experience what it was like to work with children, and I discovered that I really enjoyed it. So, when I heard about a traineeship at Goodstart, I thought I’d give it a try. And I loved it!”
Brendan was warmly welcomed into the Goodstart Hobart West team, where he gained hands-on experience while studying for his Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. With the support of leaders invested in his personal and professional growth, he completed his traineeship in 2022.
“Goodstart’s always been very supportive of me. It’s a good work culture where people treat each other with kindness. And if I ever have any issues, I know I can go to my leaders and I’ll be heard. Having that trust and respect is something I appreciate.”
As an Assistant Educator, Brendan is passionate about preparing the next generation of young learners for primary school and beyond. He’s also proud to be part of a not-for-profit organisation that invests in helping all children reach their full potential.
“I value that Goodstart gives equal opportunities to children in vulnerable and disadvantaged circumstances. And being a nationwide organisation means we can make a bigger impact.”
Strength in diversity
As a First Nations male Educator, Brendan is an inspiring role model for the children he supports and the wider Goodstart community. We are so thankful for his remarkable contribution.
“Some children tend to connect more easily with male figures,” Brendan reflects. “I think having a mix of genders in our centres can be so beneficial to children’s learning experiences. So, I would encourage more males to become Educators. And if we can welcome more First Nations Educators, I see that as a huge benefit, too. A diversity of people, skills and experience creates better learning outcomes.”
As Brendan continues to enrich the lives of young learners, he plans to deepen his learning, too. He hopes to study for his Diploma in Early Childhood Education and looks forward to welcoming more compassionate people to the Goodstart team.
And if you’re considering a career in early learning? Brendan says you’ll get the support you need to make a difference at Goodstart.
“These past few years, my knowledge and self-confidence have grown so much. Goodstart supports your development, and there are opportunities to try new roles. I learn something new every day. It’s a rewarding experience.”