Early childhood students help youngsters at Ararat Library

Wdeaworks Certificate lll Early Childhood Education and Care students have been assisting at weekly pre-school story time activities at the Ararat Library.

Ararat Rural City Council CEO Dr Tim Harrison said library staff were very grateful for the students’ help, setting up craft activities for the story time participants after their session.

Ararat Regional Library staff member Grant Thomas (seated) with
wdeaworks students (L-R) Caleb Bretherton, Taylah Dunn, Raianna Newman-Ngahooro and
Katelan Honeyman. PHOTO: Ararat Council

Dr Harrison said the students also participate in the presentation, helping library staff member Grant Thomas.

“The sessions, which are held on a Thursday, are very popular with pre-school children, attracting around 15 children each week,” he said.

“Not only do the sessions provide the children with some fun entertainment, they also help with their literacy through reading and singing, and familiarises them with their local library, which we hope they continue to use well into their adult years.”

Dr Harrison said that Thomas has been delighted to have the students help. Council and the library thanked wdeaworks for establishing the connection between the two organisations.

Wdeaworks Trainer and Assessor, Debra Opie said that the students have gained a lot of valuable knowledge after taking part in the story time sessions, which will help them to become better early childhood educators when they enter their workplaces.

“There is a lot of demand for early childhood educators in the region and wdeaworks is really keen to provide our students with as much hands-on experience as possible during their training,” Ms Opie said.

“The students are really enjoying themselves and it’s been great for them to get a taste of what it will be like when they start working in their chosen career.”

Ms Opie said the students have assisted Mr Thomas with planning each session. They then set up the craft activities and help the children complete their art.

“The students love taking part in the activities, songs and dances, and their positive interaction is welcomed by the children, their carers and, of course, the Ararat Regional Library staff. It’s been a great partnership all round,” she said.