News & Advice
3 Sep 2019

Education isn't just about the books

Educators at Lifelong Learning Centres come from all walks of life and are all at different stages of their lifelong learning journey. Educator Trainee Elizabeth Watson started her lifelong learning journey with Affinity Education Group in September 2018 when she decided to find a position that left her feeling more fulfilled.

“I decided to work in Early Childhood after leaving a job that was unfulfilling. I also wanted to work in a sector where my training and passion for Art Therapy would be of value,” Elizabeth says.

Miss Elizabeth is a qualified Art Therapist and runs Art Therapy Sessions at Kids Academy Preschool at Glenmore Park, New South Wales. This very talented Educator holds a Bachelors in Art History and Cinema Studies as well as an Advanced Diploma in Art Therapy.

“My goal now is to complete my Certificate III and also my Masters in Art Therapy to bring my knowledge to the Early Childhood sector,” Elizabeth says. 

“I have used my love of Art and my learning in Art Therapy to run Art Therapy sessions twice a week with some of the children at the centre.”

“I also like to do general art activities with the children linking in with the current learning themes or books they have read. For e.g: Rainbow Fish. There is always learning through art and Art Therapy.”

Art therapy is an important way to engage children to share meaningful experiences they may otherwise struggle to express through words. 

“Children are so intelligent! They feel everything as deeply and as real as we do. They should never be dismissed. Art Therapy has highlighted this for me especially with children working through trauma or grief,” Elizabeth says.

“It’s so important to listen to children and provide a space for them to calmly work through whatever they need to.”

“I feel Art Therapy is an important part of Early Childhood and I wish more centres employed Art Therapists.”

“I was lucky to be supported in bringing Art Therapy to my centre through the support of my manager Lauren White.”

“I feel privileged that the children share and talk about their creations and artworks with me. It's the part of my job I love the most and I find it very special.”

At Lifelong Learning Centres we support the passions and skills of our Educators and recognise everyone has their own skills to share with the world. Thank you Miss Elizabeth for being such an influential member of our team.

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Lifelong Learning Centres Launch Summer Programs

More than 150 Lifelong Learning Centres around Australia have launched Summer Programs featuring exciting new play-based learning experiences to run through December 2019 and January 2020. 
13 Nov 2019

Celebrating 20 years of service

A big congratulations to Genevieve Menage from Milestones Early Learning Swan View for 20 years of service!
11 Nov 2019

National Recycling Week

It's National Recycling Week and our Lifelong Learning Centres are getting involved to make our planet healthier for the younger generation that is in our care.

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