Danielle’s Care Story

Posted in: Blog | 13 Feb 2017

Danielle Leary

Graduate: CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care, and CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care

Currently Studying: CHC50413 Diploma of Youth Work


danielle-holding-boy-in-parkLike a lot of people, I decided to go to university straight after high school because I thought people would judge me if I didn’t, so I enrolled in fine arts acting. I felt like I’d rushed things though and when I realised I wasn’t happy, I deferred three weeks later.

Childcare had always felt like a good option to me. After going on a family cruise to Lifou Vanuatu a few years ago, I met some children in a village and I was overwhelmed by how much happiness I felt when I was with them. I was also amazed by how little they had and how happy they still were. That’s when I realised that being with children and helping them grow could be so rewarding.

I decided to study a CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care with Charlton Brown after a few people told me about their study experience and how successful they’d been after finishing their course. Everyone who’d studied with Charlton Brown spoke so highly of their experience.

Tdanielle-sri-lankahe best thing about my course with Charlton Brown was that it wasn’t anywhere near as stressful as university. I found it was just like being with family as you become really close to everybody on your course. Throughout the course, we went on excursions, had guest speakers and the lessons were always fun. I also learnt a lot but the assignments are much more manageable than university and I always got the help and support I needed.

Having a qualification that only takes six months to complete is a great head start to your career. Studying with Charlton Brown gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of great people who have the right links and knowledge to help you find a job and reach your goals.

Since I graduated with my Certificate I’ve been working in long-hours day care, in the pre-prep room five days a week. Yes, it’s tiring but I absolutely love where I work as I get to help plan activities for the kids and make it really fun.

You’re always supporting children in every way and although it’s sometimes stressful, I can’t explain how rewarding it is when you help a child overcome a fear, grasp something they were struggling to learn or you’re just there for them to open up to. It’s sad when they go off to school but you feel so proud that you could be a part of their learning and development.

I decided to keep going with my education and I completed my CHC50113 Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care with Charlton Brown. The best part of my work and study experience so far has been getting the opportunity to travel to Sri Lanka with the Charlton Brown Global Linkages Program where I was able to apply my skills and knowledge as a volunteer in orphanages, schools, elderly homes and community services organisations.

My advice to anyone that’s just finished school is don’t rush into things. If you have any doubts about university, then don’t do it just yet. Do something that makes you happy, not something that makes others happy or something that just pays the bills. If you do what makes you happy, then the money is just a bonus.

Recently, Danielle has returned once again to study and is working towards her Diploma in Youth Work with Charlton Brown in the hopes to continue to follow her long-term goal of a career in making a difference for young people in the community. Congratulations Danielle!

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