Emily Ritchie shares her story of growth and development as an ECEC professional
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Emily Ritchie shares her story of growth and development as an ECEC professional

by Freya Lucas

December 29, 2022

When Emily Ritchie began her career in early childhood education and care (ECEC) she was employed as a centre cook, but spending so much time around children inspired her to pivot in her career. 


Ms Ritchie is now completing a traineeship with Goodstart Early Learning and is working as an assistant educator. Some of her reflections on this journey appear below. 


Working with Goodstart Myaree in Western Australia, Ms Ritchie began her cooking role using her skills as a trade-qualified chef in 2019. From her position in the kitchen she saw the special relationships between educators and children, and felt inspired to make a change.


“Our kitchen had two windows – one opened to the outside playground, and the other to the kindy room,” she recalled. “Every day as I was cooking, I would talk to the children, and I created wonderful bonds with them and their families. I loved being the centre cook, but I realised my passion was with the children.”


At the end of 2019, she made the decision to begin her traineeship. 


“Goodstart has been very supportive of my career growth. I get lots of one-on-one support, and it’s great to feel part of a team,” she said. 


In her role as an assistant educator, she enjoys creating engaging learning experiences and a safe, nurturing space for children in the toddler room. 


“My role has a lot of variety – each day presents something different, which I love,” she said. “My favourite part of the day is greeting the children in the morning and getting cuddles. They are always so happy and excited to be here.”


“I love the positive relationships I have with the children and their families. I’m very hands on, and I have a caring, loving personality, which has helped me create some special relationships with the children over the years. It’s so lovely to see them grow and become confident learners.”


Although some days are challenging, Ms Ritchie said that working in a team environment, and seeing the difference quality educators can make in a child’s life “makes it all worthwhile.”


To learn more about the benefits of working in ECEC, check out Big Roles in Little Lives, here. Image credit: Mark Brierley

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