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Kayla Rainsford

Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care

Attends Springbank Secondary College/Unley High School

Trained by MADEC

Employed by Happy Haven OSHC Pty Ltd

It was her desire to work in a child related industry that drove Kayla’s commitment to Vocational Education and Training (VET) and undertaking school-based Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care traineeship.

After a friend told her of opportunities available through Happy Haven OSHC and influenced by her Mum’s career as a junior primary school teacher, Kayla contacted education pathway advisors in the Department for Education – making it her mission to successfully apply.

“I undertook a workplace learning agreement placement at Happy Haven OSHC in Mitcham and that gave me the opportunity to see if the industry was right for me,” she says.

“From the minute I walked through the door, I knew it was the correct VET pathway, and I expressed my interest in a traineeship. The feedback I received from the interview was that I made a significant impact on all who were present, and I was one of their leading applicants.”

She says the school-based traineeship and completing her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care has provided her with a better understanding of, and direction for, her future career goals – and Kayla now plans to become an OSHC Director.

While continuing her traineeship in 2021, she is now completing a Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care and enjoying her peer support role and the administrative side of the industry.

“I would like to complete my Certificate IV and start my Diploma in School Age Education and Care in 2022 and become a qualified educator as a mature 18-year-old, with two years on the job experience,” says Kayla.