Junelle Brown has found her direction in life – chasing after little feet.
Like many young woman, she didn’t know what to do when she finished her schooling until a friend who worked for PORSE In-Home Childcare suggested she try the Nanny-Intern Programme.
And she hasn’t looked back.
“I knew I wanted to work with children and this gave me an education and work experience all in one.”
Christchurch Nanny Junelle Brown with twins Charles and Connor (facing away from the camera) and older brother Oliver Beilby.
The PORSE Nanny Intern Programme is free to young adults aged 17 to 25 who are interested in a career in early childhood education, and to training families who are willing to support a nanny intern to learn on the job in a home environment.
Over the 20-week course, Junelle gained a National Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 3) as well as on the job experience working in the nanny role in a family home.
She was supported by a qualified ECE teacher who oversaw her course work and visited her while working with her training family.
Junelle said she was constantly learning as the theory in the course work was backed up by practical experience.
As the course came to an end PORSE Programme Tutors made it really simple to take the next step to work as a PORSE nanny.
“I thought it would be best to start in the working environment with a company.”
Junelle is now working with a family in Yaldhurt, Christchurch, caring for three boys Oliver, 4, and twins Charles and Connor, 16 months.
“I really enjoy it. Working with multiples you’re always on the go. There’s always something for me to do.”
Junelle believes she works best in the home environment.
“I can make a deeper, fuller relationship with the children, because I am integrated within the family environment. I feel I can become just as significant as the primary attachment - their mum.”
Working so closely with a family means Junelle is able to see how and why a child reacts a certain way because she can see how the parents have modelled that behaviour.
“I love being able to see the relationship between the children and parents and using that as a model of what the children need to feel cared for and nurtured.”
It was the thought of trying to get three children out of the door in the morning that convinced Jacqui Beilby that a nanny was the right childcare option for her family.
“It gives me more flexibility and it’s really cost effective,” the Yaldhurst mother said.
PORSE are now taking enrolments for the Nanny-Intern Programme which is also available to online learners.
PORSE Education & Training General Manager, Erin Maloney, says the online programme is breaking down barriers to enable anyone anywhere to enrol
“It’s giving young people in Whangarei an Invercargill opportunities to study from home while gaining skills toward a rewarding career in childcare.”
The next intake for the Nanny Intern Programme is June 19. Contact PORSE to find out about how you can become a Nanny-Intern on 0800 023 456 | www.porse.co.nz