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Sunshine Coast student turns love for supporting children into rewarding career

Education, Tertiary

Sunshine Coast local Sheyana Brough is turning her passion for supporting children into a rewarding career in early childhood. With the 20-year-old developing her skills at TAFE Queensland.

Sheyana knew she wanted to teach, guide and support children for a living from a young age. At just 11 years old she stepped up to help her mother raise her baby sister following the passing of her father. Her passion for the industry was only strengthened after she completed work experience at a childcare centre in high school, with Sheyana also taking up babysitting and teaching dance to younger children before even graduating high school.

“I really struggled throughout high school. Everyone was set on what they wanted to do from Year 9. And while I knew I always wanted to work with kids, I didn’t think I was smart enough and really doubted myself. This was because I felt the pressure to go to uni. But I’m so glad I came to TAFE. This diploma has really guided me to be the best educator I can be,” she said.

“Everything about early childhood education and care makes me happy. Whenever I walk into work I get piled with hugs from the children and it just makes my day.

“It’s so rewarding knowing I am making an impact in these children’s lives. It’s truly a privilege to help shape children and you can actually see the difference you’re making.”


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Sheyana’s future career goals

Sheyana’s goal is to continue furthering her studies, with the aim of eventually becoming a teacher in Steiner education. A goal she’s one step closer to achieving after completing her Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) straight out of school last year and continuing her studies with a Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC50121).

“I have a passion for alternative schools because I went to a couple myself and experienced how a different approach can foster creativity and bring out the best in children,” she said. “Steiner lets kids learn through their creative interests. It’s all about helping them build their communication and social skills while having fun.”

While she has not yet graduated, Sheyana has already been working in the industry casually for a year. And she has recently gained part-time employment at a local early learning centre. It’s a position that she says has only reaffirmed her decision to pursue this career path.

“I’ve always loved playing and being around children throughout my life and I can’t believe that something that comes so naturally to me can be my career,” Sheyana said. “I absolutely love kids and I feel like working in this industry is my calling.”

Enrolments for 2023 are now open. The Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care (CHC30121) is currently available to eligible Queenslanders at no cost under the State Government’s Free TAFE for Under 25s funding.

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By Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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