A total of 13 CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) students from the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) in Fiji were excited to be a part of the Fiji Early Childhood Education (ECE) Week celebrations last month at the Albert Park in Suva.
The annual event raises awareness on the importance of education from a young age and marks the achievements of those working in the ECE sector.
During the celebrations, APTC students had the chance to do ‘play-based learning’ activities with children, which included playing with playdough, bubbles, threading and drawing with crayons.
ECEC student, Mr Sione Fetuiai who has been working in the early childhood sector for three years in Samoa, said, “It was a very pleasant experience. We had the chance to play with children and talk with early childhood teachers. It was a really nice program, every child looked happy, and it brought everyone together to enjoy and celebrate.”
He added that the APTC training is helping him learn new ideas and methods on how to teach children and create a comfortable learning environment.
APTC ECEC Trainer, Ms Susan Bateup said it is important to expose ECE workers to such community-based events to help them use their knowledge and skills and interact with children and other early childhood teachers.
She shared that it is important to promote ECE to the general community and participating in such events is great for APTC students and the children.
CHC30113 Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care is currently offered by APTC in Fiji, to help those working in the sector to develop and facilitate programs to support the wellbeing, learning and development of children up to eight years of age.
Close to 200 people, including children, participated in the celebrations at Albert Park.