“I was out of education and training for so long that I was scared of coming back. But the way the teachers run the classes made me feel comfortable and supported.”
Lacey has always had a passion for working with younger children. Having been a stay home mum to four kids for many years, she knew her passion and experience could help her advance into a career in childhood education. Soon she started the Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121) at Kangan Institute.
“I decided I could see myself doing this for a long time so I spoke to a few friends in the industry and decided to jump straight in to training,” she said.
“The first six months was hard – from getting back into studying after a long time, to learning computer systems and making friends. Most people in the course were younger than me. But I got into the swing of everything.”
For Lacey, one of the best parts of her studies was completing practical work placements as part of the course.
“I got to do three work placements and I’d learn something new each time. My last placement was my favourite as it cemented everything I learnt over the last 18 months and I found it easier to take on a leadership role by then,” she said.
“The placements taught me so much about creativity and how kids learn. It really opened my eyes and changed the way I do things, even as a mom.”
Lacey encourages other mature age individuals seeking a new future to give education a go.
“I was 18 when I had my first child and left school halfway through Year 11. I was out of education and training for so long that I was scared of coming back. But the way the teachers run the classes made me feel comfortable and supported,” she said.
“Kangan Institute is an overall experience – the learning and support, the environment… it’s all part and parcel of what helped me complete my studies. Getting around campus you see a variety of people, ages and cultures. Everyone is friendly and helpful because at the end of the day, we’re all here for the same reason.”
Lacey is currently employed as a room leader at Oakhill Family Center and looks forward to delving into child advocacy in the future.
“I want to advocate for children, especially vulnerable children, and hopefully make a difference in their life. I’m really passionate about it as children have a voice and the right to be heard, to be safe and to be protected,” she said.