Bright future ahead for early childhood professionals

Bethany Foord and Amy Shortland have both won early childhood education scholarships.

30 May 2014

Amy Shortland and Bethany Foord, both Bachelor of Education (Birth to Twelve Years) students at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s School of Education Sydney, were recently awarded coveted scholarships for their commitment to early childhood education and academic achievement.

Amy was awarded in KU Student Award by KU Children’s Services while Bethany was awarded the McElhone MacCallum Leadership Scholarship by SDN Children’s Services. Both scholarships were accompanied by a monetary prize with Amy also being guaranteed a professional experience placement at a KU Early Childhood Centre and Bethany at an SDA Centre.

“I am very grateful to have been nominated for the KU Scholarship – it means I’m showing my commitment to and passion for early childhood education and that’s important to me,” Amy said.

“I love being with and spending time with young children. Their creativity inspires me every day, and I love to see them grow and develop into strong and independent individuals. My career is just beginning and I can’t wait to continue to learn more about early childhood. I’m excited for my placement with KU later this year.”

As part of her scholarship, Bethany will be supported through the remainder of her degree by a mentor.

“This scholarship has given me an incredible opportunity to see how a long day care works and runs on a regular daily and monthly basis,” Bethany said.

“Having a mentor will be invaluable in my development as an educator. I hope having someone so knowledgeable and experienced to support me in my own learning and understanding will teach me how to be critically reflective of my beliefs and practices.”

“The provision of some financial support will allow me to focus on my practicum without having the added burden of trying to squeeze in paid employment.”

This is not the first time students from the School of Education Sydney have caught the eye of industry professionals with their high academic ability, commitment to the profession and work-readiness. Earlier this year Bachelor of Education (Religious Education) student Ann-Maree Maunder won the Future Teacher Scholarship from Teachers Mutual Bank.

“Excellence in early childhood education is a tradition at Notre Dame and it is clear our commitment to developing well-rounded, work-ready education professionals resonates with the industry,” Ms Elizabeth Mckenna, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Education (Birth to Twelve Years) said.

Applications for semester two at Notre Dame, including the School of Education Sydney, are now open. 

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