Banksia Grove: Goodstart Early Learning partners with Joseph Banks Secondary College for workplace training

Joseph Banks Secondary College students with Goodstart Early Learning children.
Joseph Banks Secondary College students with Goodstart Early Learning children.

A CHILD care centre and high school in Banksia Grove have teamed up to give teenagers work placements for early childhood training.

The Goodstart Early Learning centre hosts 12 Year 10 and 11 students from Joseph Banks Secondary College who are doing Certificate 3 in early childhood education and care.

“I contacted the school soon after they were built and asked if they wanted to link with us and gave some suggestions of what kind of projects or activities we could be engaged in together,” centre director Lynne Scotland said.

“We communicated and shared ideas about community projects and curriculum activities that we could help and support with.”

Ms Scotland said the high school students were developing skills and their confidence had grown since they started volunteering at the centre before and after school as well as during holidays.

Goodstart Early Learning children at Joseph Banks Secondary School.

“Our children are so happy to see them and welcome them into their environment with excitement and acceptance and this has contributed to their self-esteem,” she said.

“Our children are just drawn to the school students and love having them at the centre.

“They are fun and full of energy and have that time to spend all their time actively engaging with the children while they are here.”

As part of their studies, the students had an assignment to create story bags and invited the childcare children to the college enjoy them.

Joseph Banks students created story bags.