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3 Sep 2019

Why lifelong learning is a lifelong career

Early Childhood Education isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. Educators step into their centres everyday knowing they are changing the lives of children and forging their love of lifelong learning. For many, this brings them so much joy and they treasure everyday of their careers for many years. One such Educator is Diona Driver, Centre Manager at Premier Early Learning Centre Moruya, New South Wales.

“I have been at this centre for 27 years and I am not sure where the time has gone,” says Diona.

Diona decided she wanted to become an Educator at the age of 14 and hasn’t looked back since.

“I loved working with children and it was always a part of me,” says Diona.

“At 16 years I was given the opportunity to move to Nowra to live with relatives so I could do the childcare course ( triple C back then ).”

Once Diona married and had children she started casual work in Moruya in 1991. Swiftly after she was brought on as a full time member of the team. 

“I have stayed so long in the job, as I have always loved it. I love working with the children, Educators and the families at the service.”

“I have been lucky to have a wonderful team, who have been with me many years, walking our journey in early childhood education.”

“My team constantly support each other and myself. I feel blessed and honoured to have been given this opportunity in life, to work with children, families and educators in a place where I have always had job satisfaction”

Over her 27 years at Moruya Diona has collected many fond memories and impacted thousands of lives. 

“Some fond memories are that some of the children who started at the service years ago trusted us enough to have also brought their children to the centre,” says Diona. 

“When I had hardship personally I was so supported by my Educators, families ( who got together and brought me a special gift and delivered it to my house ), my Area Manager and Affinity Education.” 

“The regular days when things aren’t going according to plan, just having the children give you a cuddle and say “ your my best friend” or “I love you Diona “ makes it all worth it.”

“When I go to pick up my grandson from school and children who have left the centre come running up to you and give you a cuddle, saying they miss you, it reflects the lifelong relationships we make.” 

“I don’t think I am special, I think I am lucky and blessed to have a wonderful team, a supportive area manager and supportive company behind me.”

Diona, you truly are special, you are such a valued part of our team and we thank you for your many years of selfless and dedicated service to educating Australia’s little lifelong learners.

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