Upskilling in Early Childhood Education

After several years working in the sector, Shara Thompson decided to upskill with La Trobe's Bachelor of Early Childhood Education

Shara Thompson is a student in La Trobe’s Bachelor of Early Childhood Education.

Working with younger children is not new to Shara, having already worked in the sector for several years.

“I chose the Bachelor of Early Childhood Education because I thought it was time to upskill and get my degree after working in the sector for ten years. I am learning so much and already seeing the development in my practice.”

Shara has undertaken two placements as part of her studies so far.

“My first placement was with babies aged birth-to-two years, where I practiced inclusive ways to teach very young children. The second placement was with children aged 3-5 years, with a focus on building connections and transitions for children. Both have been amazing experiences,” she says.

“One of the best things about placement is that I’ve built beautiful relationships with the educators and children at the service. It’s also been interesting to see how different services run and observe their practices and personal philosophies on how they teach young children.”

After graduation, Shara hopes to continue working in Early Childhood Education, with a view to moving to primary teaching down the track.

“I can’t wait to see how my practice grows as I continue to develop and gain knowledge through this course.”

“After I graduate, I would love to put my knowledge into practice in either long day care or a stand-alone kinder setting to develop my confidence and knowledge as a teacher. Eventually I want to develop my skills and expand my role into primary teaching.”