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A student in Perth - Australia

Thursday 13 February 2014

My Perth, Australia Experience

Chelsea Lincoln is studying a Diploma of Children’s Services (Early Education and Care) at Challenger Institute of Technology (Rockingham Campus) in Perth. Here Chelsea shares her experience living and studying in Perth, Australia.

After travelling around the country I absolutely fell in love with the people and quality of life that many Australians have. After working in a variety of places including farms and dance schools I found a new passion for child care. After spending a Christmas in WA I felt that there was a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere which made my partner and I feel at home and that we had a sense of belonging within the community. Perth is such a bright and vibrant city, which is something I am grateful of after coming from Liverpool, England. The public transport system is extremely convenient and on schedule which makes getting to your classes a lot easier. Since myself and my partner have been living in WA we have adopted a very healthy lifestyle compared to back home due the promotions of eating healthy and focusing on Australian made products – we love living here!

The reason I love my course – the Diploma of Children’s’ Services at Challenger Institute of Technology (TAFE Western Australia), is because I am constantly learning new things. We had external guest speakers come and tell us about what is required of the new Child Care regulations and National Framework. After discussing what I had learnt at Challenger some of my work colleagues who were more qualified and experienced than me did not know what I did from the workshops that Challenger had provided. My tutor, Lyla Hall has been extremely supportive throughout the course taking into consideration my work hours and incorporating it as part of my practical placement. On placement I spent time with children providing them with fun activities and building relationships with the families. I really enjoyed work placement as I got to see the children grow and develop from a curriculum that we both built together. My classmates were very friendly and accepted me as one of their friends we have a lot of fun in class and joke about the difference in our accents. I wanted to choose a well respected Institute where I could further my education within the child care industry and after extensive research and talking to my Australian friends Challenger was always the first choice. After speaking with my classmates I realized after completing my Diploma I can get credits for Bachelor of Education and have recently found that I can get a 25% exemption through Challenger’s university pathways program – something I may look at in the future. After spending time in Australia my goal is to work in the child care industry and eventually open my own centre.

Chelsea Lincoln