Making a difference in a little person’s life is all the motivation Haley Reid needs to get up and go to work every day. She’s been a part of the Ballajura Early Learning team for 12 years, but thanks to “no two days ever being the same”, her passion for early childhood education hasn’t waned one bit.
Haley always had a natural affinity for children, having spent some time working as a Nanny in the UK.
Years later, when Haley had children of her own, she began studying for her childcare diploma. Coincidentally, both her children attended the Early Learning Centre in Ballajura where she now works.
“I did my training at this centre when my children were enrolled here,” Haley said.
“Then they were advertising a role, so I applied and got the job. It worked out perfectly.”
Haley works in the Kindy room now with 3-5 year olds, and one of her favourite activities is testing out science experiments with the children.
“I like the thinking and problem-solving involved with science activities, but our experiments don’t always turn out as planned,” jokes Haley.
“We often end up doing something completely different, but that’s the beauty of learning, it can take you in any number of directions,” she said.
Haley sees many positives in her role.
“It’s a very rewarding job. Even on the low days you can still go home with a sense of achievement.
“I feel privileged to be in a position where I can provide comfort to a child when they need it. Sometimes children just need a cuddle.”
Haley would encourage others to pursue a career in early childhood education but says they will need to have patience to succeed in the role.