Alice Scott Macdonald - Early childhood teacher

Alice loves supporting children through their most important years of development. She's now working in the kindy she attended when she was young.

“I’ve always been drawn to jobs that involve a high level of care. Becoming an early childhood teacher allows me to connect with children within my community and support them through the most important years of their development. Young children see the world through such a unique lens, and I feel honoured to have the opportunity to learn from them as much as they learn from me. I really couldn’t think of a more fulfilling job.

“I chose to study at the University of Auckland because I liked the balance between theory and practical experiences offered in the Bachelor of Education (Teaching). It was really interesting to make connections between the content I learnt in lectures and practical experiences when teaching.

“During practicum I enjoyed working alongside teachers who offered different approaches and perspectives – it was a great way to develop a sense of who I wanted to be as a teacher. There’s on campus access to lots of different support in terms of study and assignments, so anyone with passion and drive will have the tools to succeed.

“I started working at The No.1 Kindy soon after I finished studying, and the centre culture is amazing. It’s really special to be starting my teaching journey there as I actually attended there from the age of one to four. I am mainly working alongside the under two age group which is a really exciting change for me, and I have learnt so much already.

“In the future, I’d love to provide additional support for the whānau of children with high needs. My aim is to run workshops within the ECE community, where whānau and kaiako could come together to provide strategies and research that further support children with different needs.”