“I found support at UCOL.”
After working at a kohunga reo, Amy Turnbull wanted to branch out into wider Early Childhood Education, so enrolled to study at UCOL.
Amy had previously studied Hairdressing, Beauty and Hospitality programmes at UCOL Whanganui, so returning there to study the New Zealand Diploma in Early Childhood Education was an easy decision.
"I wanted to study, and having a campus in Whanganui suited me because I didn't want to study online," says Amy.
Amy really enjoyed getting out of the classroom and doing a practicum at Kiddicare Childcare Centre. That experience of working in a childcare centre proved valuable to Amy, as she was able to put Te Whāriki - New Zealand's early childhood learning curriculum - into action.
Amy made such a great impression at Kiddicare that she was offered a relieving teacher position. This has allowed her to gain further work experience and skills while still studying.
Amy says she has received great support from her Lecturers and the Student Success team while at UCOL. Whenever she has needed help with assessments, whether it's understanding essay questions or putting together an APA reference list, Amy has been able to count on UCOL's Student Learning Advisors for assistance. Amy says her lecturers have also been very accommodating when she has needed to bring her kids to class.
After she finishes her diploma, Amy is looking to enrol in the Bachelor of Teaching (Early Childhood Education).
"I want to carry on with my degree because that can take me through to working with children up to 8 years old. I've always liked the idea of being a new entrance teacher."
In the meantime, Amy is just getting a buzz out of helping young kids grow and learn.
"You see the smiles on the faces of the children in the morning, and they always want a hug when you're leaving. You just get to be there for them and help them learn."
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