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Sophie Russell – Early childhood educator

Sophie Russell – Early childhood educator

VET Champion Sophie Russell did a traineeship in early childhood and now she’s the educational leader at her early childhood centre.

Meet Sophie

Sophie Russell – Early childhood educator

About me

Name: Sophie Russell

Job: Early childhood educator / Educational leader at Pooh Bear’s House Early Learning Centre

VET: Certificate III in Early Childhood; Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care

Location: Croydon

Choose what feels best for you

My story 

What do you do?

Early childhood educators support young children to learn and develop, and unlock their imagination through play, before they go to school.

As the educational leader in the centre, I work with all of the early childhood educators to make sure we are inspiring young children's minds and fostering their learning and development.

What was your VET journey? 

I loved school and completed an early childhood traineeship after VCE. I loved it so much that I did a Diploma straight afterwards, and I couldn’t be happier working with children every day.

What advice would you give to students who are considering a vocational pathway? 

Research, research, research. Choose what feels best for you; don’t be influenced by anyone else.

What challenges did you face along the way?

I put a lot of pressure on myself to work hard and do really well. I absolutely love my job and I’m now in a leadership position which is so unexpected because I’m still so young.

That’s one of the great benefits of vocational pathways, you can get into the workplace and prove yourself straight away.

Sophie Russell – Early childhood educator

Work hours?

8:30am-6pm Tuesday to Friday

Inside or outside?

Both indoors and outdoors with the kids, and I also spend a lot of time in the office doing business activities.

Solo or teamwork?

Both – I love working with the team as an Educational Leader, and I also complete a lot of paperwork on my own.


The children, they are incredible!

People don't know?

There is a lot of paperwork – planning, documentation, lesson planning and professional development.

Average salary?

$1,200 per week for an experienced early childhood educator.

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