Early Childhood Counts
Tarragindi Kindy's Director, Michael was approached earlier this year by The Queensland Government to talk about Early Childhood Education and what this means to him as a teacher.
In the media clip attached and further transcript below; Michael also discusses why he is so passionate about teaching our next generation, the important aspects of 'play based learning' and shares what a day in the life of a Tarragindi Kindy Kid looks like!
"I guess I’ve always needed a creative outlet. It’s a bit of a cliché, but, when I was 17, I bought a guitar from a second hand shop, and I’ve been playing ever since. After my first role as a Queensland Police Officer, I studied fine arts and later exhibited some of my works, but neither of those jobs was the right fit for me.
Early childhood teaching lets me proactively shape young lives and draws on my creativity. The kids are open and caring and we’re always finding new ways to play and to express our ideas.
I’ve come full circle, from being part of what might have been the worst day of someone’s life, to being part of some of the best days of the kids’ lives. I’m sharing in a joyous developmental period, when kids are so vibrant and impressionable. I learn as much from them as they do from me. At Kindy I feel empowered to make a difference. At the end of each day, I know I’ve made the world a tangibly better place."