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MEDIA RELEASE - Employee receives scholarship to advance early childhood studies

4 July 2017

Early Childhood Educator Becky Kanoa

A Glenelg Shire Council employee has received a State Government scholarship to enhance her knowledge and skills in the early childhood sector.

Early childhood educator Becky Kanoa has been awarded a Department of Education and Training (DET) Early Childhood Scholarship for Aboriginal People to pursue further studies in early childhood education and childcare.

Ms Kanoa currently works at the Kathleen Millikan Centre after successfully completing a Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care as part of her Children’s Services traineeship with the Glenelg Shire Council in 2015.

The 20-year-old said she was excited to be able to build upon her knowledge and skills in early childhood development without the added stress of juggling costs, study and work.

“I am currently studying a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care so the scholarship will help to cover fees, books and the associated costs,” she said.

“I hope that with this scholarship I can continue to learn how to best support and enhance young children's learning from birth to five years, as well as ensuring a smooth transition into school life.

“Being an early childhood educator is such a fulfilling and diverse role. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the difference you can make to a child’s life.”

Glenelg Shire Council Community Services Director Edith Farrell took the opportunity to recognise Ms Kanoa’s ongoing contributions to the shire’s early childhood learning program.

“Becky has been an invaluable member of our Children’s Services team since she joined us in 2015 as a trainee,” she said.

“Over her 18-month traineeship period she thoroughly impressed us with her commitment and enthusiasm in helping to advance the lives of our shire’s youngest and brightest.

“Becky continues to shine in her role at the Kathleen Millikan Centre (KMC), offering a hands-on and supportive approach to learning and childcare for families.

“On behalf of the council I wish to congratulate Becky on all of her achievements over the past two years as a Glenelg Shire employee.”

The DET Early Childhood Scholarship for Aboriginal People aims to increase the number of qualified Aboriginal people working in Victorian early childhood settings.

The initiative helps to ensure the workforce reflects the diversity of Victoria’s population, as well as attracting and retaining more Aboriginal people to work in Victorian early childhood settings.

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