Early childhood education is not just a career choice for Diana Penson – it’s a vocation. She has studied, worked and taught in this field for more than 40 years.
Each year she works with hundreds of our students, providing what she regards as the essential support students need, by always responding promptly to their calls for advice and assistance.
“‘Wow! Someone cares and understands my concerns.’ This is a common response that my colleagues and I receive when we make contact with our students,” says Diana, who believes a highly supportive role is critical in this field.
“Our students are learning in order to do a job. It’s a career and if you are working and dealing with children you need a mentor – someone who has been through what you are going through.”
Diana has certainly ‘been there’. Since gaining her Pre-School Teacher’s Diploma and General Primary School Teacher’s Certificate in the late 60s early 70s, Diana has continued to study, learn and pass on her knowledge about the care and education of young children.
Along the way, she has conducted a wide range of research studies in education for government and university institutions and moved off the beaten path, as it were, with initiatives such as running a mobile pre-school service out of a van in the back blocks of the Sydney basin in the early 80s.
She has continued to educate herself, including gaining a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Special Education and Master of Education. In the 90s, Diana moved into the field of training adults in the skills of early childhood education, including lecturing in the Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies at Newcastle University and gaining a qualification in Workplace Training & Assessment.Certificate III in ChildrenÂs Services, Certificate III in Education Support, Diploma in ChildrenÂs Services, Tutor Interview