Sam's story

Sam student Cert III Early Childhood Education

"I had 30 years experience working with children before I started the course, and didn't think I would learn anything new doing the course.  I couldn't have been more wrong!  I learnt SO much about working with children, SO much about other people, and SO much about myself! 

Over the course of my studying life I have attended 3 different universities and three different TAFES, but the educational experience I had with Living & Learning Nillumbik was, without a doubt, the most inspiring, invigorating, supportive and inclusive tertiary experience I have ever had. 

The trainers were so enthusiastic, patient, motivational and compassionate.  They were flexible and understanding, and firmly committed to helping us students not only achieve our goal of earning the certificate, but navigating our way through the industry to secure the right job.  The hands-on practical approach during our student placements and play groups at Edendale provided such valuable experience, and the vibrant, stimulating conversations during class proved to me, over and over, that there were priceless benefits to being part of a class and learning community, that could never be replicated doing the course on line. 

I hope I will be in a position to do my Diploma in the next few years, and I won't be doing it with anyone but Living & Learning Nillumbik!"