Kids Academy Educators nominated in NSW Training Awards
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Kids Academy Educators nominated in NSW Training Awards

by Freya Lucas

June 28, 2023

Two early childhood educators from the New South Wales Central Coast have been nominated in the NSW Training Awards.


Sarah Flood from Kids Academy Erina Heights and Jessica Warnell from Kids Academy Warnervale have been supported by their registered training organisation (RTO), the Affinity Learning Academy, throughout their studies. 


The fully-funded training program gives Affinity Education Group employees access to internal professional development programs as well as the opportunity to complete nationally recognised qualifications in early childhood education and business. 


Ms Warnell has been working in the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector for the past 16 years and said she loves being able to make a difference in young children’s lives. 


“Industry Graduates (through Affinity Learning Academy) has been one of the best learning resources available throughout my diploma traineeship, knowing that I had the support and guidance available at hand, both online and in person which reassured me that I’d be able to complete my diploma at ease,” she said, speaking with Coast Community News.


“Being nominated for the NSW Training Awards makes me proud of my achievements and hard work and also allows me to share my positive experiences and encourage others to follow their dreams.”


Ms Flood has been working in ECEC for three years, and joined the sector straight from Year 12, having completed a school-based TAFE program in Year 11 and 12 which gave her the entry qualification.


“It means a lot to be nominated for the NSW Training Awards – never in a million years would I have ever thought that I’d be considered,” she told Coast Community News.


The nomination has boosted her confidence, and reaffirmed her decision to work in ECEC. 


“The training program helped me a lot,” she continued, saying that having her trainer come out once a fortnight for observations has made it easier to discuss any issues she may be having. 


“The best part that I love about my job is watching the children grow and learn – and it brings the biggest joy hearing their little voices say my name for the first time,” she added.


The NSW Training Awards are conducted annually by Training Services NSW within the NSW Department of Education to recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector.


Categories in the awards recognise, honour and reward the achievements of students, trainers/teachers, RTOs and large and medium-size employer businesses.


Learn more about the awards here. The original coverage of this story is available here.

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