Based at the APTC Gordon Street facility in Suva, Ms Kerry Kirk, who arrived in Fiji in February 2011, is conducting the first APTC course in Certificate III, Children's Services to be taught in Suva.
The Early Childhood Education specialist holds an Early Childhood Education Degree and a Masters degree in Adult Education &Learning, and brings extensive experience to this teaching role. Kerry has worked as a TAFE teacher for 11 years and has held senior management positions within the TAFE sector.
"Returning to work as a trainer is an exciting opportunity for me in terms of my personal growth as well as the opportunity to re-assess my teaching methodologies," explained Ms Kirk. "I am enjoying working with this group of students who have traveled great distances to attend the course."
Joining students from Fiji's outer islands are students from Tonga, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.
"The students have very positive attitudes to learning and are very receptive. They are enjoying the experiential focus of their lessons, where they can reinforce theory with practical experience," remarked Ms Kirk.
Ms Kirk said that she and the students appreciated the support given by the Suva early childhood community in providing practical work placements at local pre-schools and kindergartens.
"The students are investigating ways in which they can gain support for good practice in their home communities as they already know the value of being advocates for early childhood education," concluded Ms Kirk.