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Our MercyCare trainee superstars

“As I have grown up in a big family surrounded by children, I watched my younger sibling and cousins grow. I loved the idea of being a role model and wanted to do more,” Sophie says.

Heathridge Centre Manager Gemma Gardiner says Sophie has built great connections with her colleagues, children and families.

“I just wanted to write to let you know, formally, how grateful I am that Sophie works at the centre. She is great at posting pictures and videos and clearly really enjoys the company of the children in her care. Obviously, my love of the other ladies is huge too, but being much younger I think Sophie would appreciate knowing just how much she is loved by Willow and appreciated by us,” says parent Abby.

Sophie is currently working towards her Certificate III in Childcare and is finding the traineeship a perfect complement to her studies.

“With working whilst studying, I find that I learn a lot better through practical work on the floor rather than just reading. Having the opportunities to learn and talk to everyone around me helps as well.

“I love the staff, children and families and the relationships I’ve formed. I love the mornings seeing the children arrive and getting to talk to them and doing activities through the day.”

Sophie is one of many brilliant trainees MercyCare has employed in the past year in a concerted effort to support the childcare sector and develop our workforce to provide the best care to our families and children.