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Kindy fulfils Tammy's teaching dream

08 July 2011

Kindy fulfils Tammy's teaching dreamt

Back in Grade 1 in Victoria, when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, Tammy Lockyer answered: 'The school principal.'

Teaching 20 four-year-olds at a Clayfield early learning centre, the 26-year-old may not yet have achieved her ambition, but is advancing her teaching career in a new way in Queensland.

'Working in early childhood education is very satisfying. I am here for the children,' said Tammy, a four-year qualified primary teacher who has made the move into early childhood teaching.

'I signed on for a bridging course by correspondence with Sunshine Coast TAFE, which turned out to take me only a week to complete.'

The 10-module course earned Tammy a Certificate III in Children's Services and a Diploma of Children's Services.

These qualifications, combined with her degree, were recognised by the Department of Education and Training, enabling Tammy to teach the new Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline in an approved kindergarten program.

'The guideline is a fabulous curriculum,' Tammy said. 'I use it is an emergent program, which is where all teachers are headed and where they want to be.

'This curriculum has a high level of engagement by the children because it is what they want to learn about.'

Acting Associate Director-General Annette Whitehead said that while Tammy was one of hundreds of teachers who have had their qualifications recognised by the Department of Education and Training to move into early childhood education, many more teachers were needed.

'The Queensland Government's commitment to achieving universal access to kindergarten programs has opened new opportunities for teachers to work in early childhood education and care services,' Ms Whitehead said.

'Teachers with an early childhood teaching qualification can apply to have their qualification recognised by the department and start working right now in this rewarding field.

'If you have another teaching qualification, like Tammy, a fee-free bridging course could kickstart your kindy career.

'Teacher qualification recognition is free, portable, can happen at any time and allows teachers to confidently seek employment in an early childhood education and care service to provide a kindergarten program.

'This process helps long day care and kindergarten services find qualified teachers and helps qualified teachers find jobs.'

Teachers can find out more about teaching kindy and how to have their qualification recognised at the Office for Early Childhood Education and Care website.