Child care nominations reflect commitment and passion in the NT 

Above: Kelly Adams, and below: Janice Mayne and Amanda Swain

Charles Darwin University Alice Springs students Kelly Adams, Amanda Swain and Janice Mayne have been nominated for the 2007 DEET NT Training Awards.

Kelly Adams has seen a quick rise into management since completing her Certificate III in Child Care as an apprentice at Yulara.

Soon after moving to Alice Springs and enrolling in her Diploma in Child Care, Kelly was approached to manage the Braitling Neighbourhood Centre which she eagerly accepted.

Kelly’s determination and commitment was driven by her desire to secure a successful career in Alice Springs for herself, her-six-year old son and two foster children in her care over the past 12 months.

Heather Wilson, VET lecturer in children’s services, said Kelly represented the very best qualities of child care managers.

‘She has a rare ability to get the very best out of people and gain their commitment to the child care centre,’ she said. ‘In her role as director, she has retained and kept staff for a long period of time which has lead to excellent relationships with parents, staff and, of course, children.’

Heather also acknowledged her consultation and communication skills with all stakeholders of the centre, and the most important factor for her, passion.

‘Her love for the work is clearly evident in achievements both at the workplace and CDU,’ she said.

Janice Mayne has been nominated for the same award.

She enrolled in the Diploma of Community Services (Children’s Services) in 2006 after arriving from Queensland with her husband, an Australian Army Officer.

Heather nominated Janice for her determination and enthusiasm.

After starting work as an unqualified staff member at YMCA Child Care Alice Springs, she soared to the position of director and has completed a Diploma of Children's Services.

‘Janice will literally take on any challenge and her enthusiasm and abilities are clearly evident at CDU and work in the community,’ Heather said.

Janice’s confidence through her learning journey and ability to communicate now see her sharing knowledge and advice with other staff members at the YMCA.

Amanda Swain is another stand-out performer and, like Kelly, is passionate about her industry. She is nominated for the VET in Schools Student of the Year Award.

After starting work at the Lil’ Antz Child Care Centre, Amanda decided to expand her career prospects by enrolling in Certificate III in Community Services at CDU.

Her busy schedule includes extensive volunteering across Alice Springs. She has spent many of her holidays at the Uniting Church Opportunity Shop, Adelaide House, Old Timers Village and Old Timers helping and supporting those less fortunate and able.

Heather said Amanda’s charity work is matched by her commitment to studies.

‘It’s outstanding to see a younger person contribute so much to the Alice Springs community,’ she said. ‘She manages to balance work, high school and vocational studies into her busy life.'

She enrolled in Certificate III in Children’s Services early 2007 and will complete studies this year taking on additional subjects on the evenings and weekends.

‘She is an excellent role model for young people through her commitment, passion and compassion,’ Heather said.

The Awards will be held on Saturday, 8 September in Darwin.