When Ann Marquard's youngest child left school, she decided it was time to make a difference and took up a teaching role in a remote Alice Springs Aboriginal community.
Anthea was one of 14 early childhood educators sponsored by the Australian Government to attend the first official National Quality Framework (NQF) Conference.
Tarsha loves living and working in the remote Anangu Pitjantjatjara/Yankunytjatjara Lands, but says the privilege comes with unique cultural challenges.
Single mother of seven, Joyce McLaughlin has finally found her vocation in the child care and early learning sector.
Coralie grew up in Hermannsburg, 125 km west of Alice Springs. With limited career options available, she relocated her family to Alice Springs.
Passion, persistence and a desire to make a difference are factors that drive Melissa Harpur in her early childhood career.
Illawarra and Shoalhaven Child Care Trainee of the Year 2011, Marcquis Hepburn, says the support of colleagues and the guidance of mentors helped him achieve in a female-dominated sector.
Passion for work is what really counts when it comes to recruiting and retaining quality early childhood educators, according to Teaching Director, Melinda Wren.
2013 NSW Vocational Student of the Year winner for Children's Services, Tahnee Jamieson, has gone from strength to strength since beginning a career in child care and early learning.