Tue 28 Feb 2017

Make child's play work

Alecia Smith’s life is all about children.

So when the Taranaki mum of five (decided) decided it was time to focus on her own future she chose a career in early childhood education (ECE).

She has just started a three year Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) programme at WITT through the University of Canterbury having gained a National Certificate in Early Childhood Education (Level 5) at the end of a 12 month WITT programme in 2016.

Tutors Kathleen Moriarty and Tricia Jamieson say the 12 month WITT certificate course is ideal for students to gain an understanding of  how children play, learn, develop social skills, early literacy and numeracy, be creative and problem solve.

“This is a programme where students need to be passionate about young children, beyond simply playing with them,” they said.

“The opportunities for career advancement in ECE are excellent. ECE centres are always looking for educators who can make a real difference in children’s lives. Our National Certificate ECE programme prepares students very well for higher level study (degree) by being academically ready".

ECE is a growth area with new centres being opened and the raising of government targets for enrolment numbers.

Alecia Smith says she would welcome more male teachers in the industry because centres with male and female educators provide a more balanced environment for children. There is currently an overwhelming gender imbalance.

Alecia Smith is one of seven students from WITT’s certificate course who have enrolled in the Level 5 Canterbury Bachelor of Teaching and Learning (Early Childhood) course this year.  That class began this week with 23 students.

WITT tutors Kathleen Moriarty and Tricia Jamieson say there is still room in this year’s National Certificate course intake and they will be taking enrolments until March 2.