- What issues regarding quality and early childhood professionals are being discussed where you live and work?
Jenny had said that the main issues right now amongst Early Childhood Professionals in Australia are around equal pay as preschool teachers currently get paid about 20% less than teachers in older age group schools. Another issue she had mentioned is the introduction of assessment and ratings which began 5 year’s ago and therefore is still in its teething process, however Jenny had mentioned that the government has finally realised the acknowledgement and recognition of early childhood education.
- What opportunities and/or requirements for professional development exist?
Jenny had mentioned that she is required to have 500 hours of professional development in a space of 2 years and unfortunately, where she lives, which is a rural area teachers don’t get the same opportunities as the teachers in city areas but they can now access training via video links and external studies.
- What are some of your professional goals?
- What are some of your professional hopes, dreams, and challenges?
Jenny mentioned that she is 52 years of age and so her career will come to an end soon. Therefore she she hopes that she is remembered for a job well done and for making a difference.
She had also mentioned that there are many challenges she has come across working in a rural area and the one challenge is not always having the resources that the city counterparts had/have.