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Celebrating early years educators
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August 25, 2022

East Gippsland Shire Council is joining children, families and service providers to acknowledge early childhood educators next month.

Mayor Cr Mark Reeves said Early Childhood Educators’ Day on Wednesday, September 7 is a day to recognise and celebrate the work of educators in early learning services.

“People working in these roles make an important contribution to the wellbeing and healthy development of children in their care,” Cr Reeves said.

“With more funded kindergarten programs in Victoria, Council recognises East Gippsland needs more early childhood educators who care, inspire, and assist children to learn through play.

“I encourage families with children in early education to thank their educators by making a thank-you card or home-made gift for September 7,” Cr Reeves said.

Council works with a number of local partners to support the early years sector.

Gippsland Lakes Complete Health’s Early Childhood Development Alliance Facilitator Kara Goodwin said Early Childhood Educator’s Day is a time to consider the vital role these educators play in a child’s life.

“The importance and responsibility of these roles is, in my opinion, grossly underestimated. The first 1000 days in a child’s brain development is critical and without caring, responsive and empathic educators this can be significantly impacted,” Ms Goodwin said.

If you are considering a career in early childhood education, Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre may have the course for you.

They are calling for expressions of interest for a ‘Get Ready for Work in Childcare’ course.

The free course includes a first-hand look at working in a childcare service and a basic introduction to the sector’s frameworks.

The course counts for mutual obligations points requirements. Contact the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre on 5156 0214 or visit the Paynesville Neighbourhood Centre's courses webpage for more information.

The Victorian Government has more information on other courses. There is financial support to study at university and free TAFE courses available, visit for details.

East Gippsland Shire Council Early Years Project Worker Georgia Zerbe and Gippsland Lakes Complete Health’s Early Childhood Development Alliance Facilitator Kara Goodwin putting together gift bags for the region’s early childhood educators.

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