Educator in the Spotlight: Josh Mario from Guardian Early Learning Centre – Forde
16th February 2018
Guardian Early Learning Centre – Forde is a fantastic childcare centre in the ACT that provides high quality care and education for each and every one of the children at the centre. One of the educators that is providing this care is Josh Mario, an educator with a true passion for early learning.
Josh recently won “Trainee of the Year”, so we caught up with him to find out a bit more about him and why he is so passionate about the sector.
Tell us a bit about your career background.
I attended an after school care program during my primary school days and loved it so much that I kept coming back while I was in high school. It wasn’t until about Year 8 going into Year 9 that I was taking on odd jobs for the after school care, such as running different games, helping the educators supervise the children and be a role model for the children.
In Year 11 I started to do more for the program and was fortunate enough to be recognised for my efforts and was offered a job. I continued to work until I finished Year 12 and decided to make a decision and move into Early Education and Care. I have been doing this for two years with Guardian.
Why did you decide to pursue Early Childhood Education?
I wanted to experience something new but had a passion for working with children and just finished college so looked into working with a younger age group than primary and found Early Childhood and was lucky enough for Guardian to take me on.
Why is Early Childhood Education important to you?
Early Childhood Education is the start of any sort of education for the children. It is important to me because I want to be able to teach the children at an early age so children are able to reach their full potential as they get older and attend formalised schools during their life.
What’s the best part of your job?
Being able to play games with the children and making them laugh, while secretly teaching them a thing or two.
How long have you been at Forde for?
I have been working at Forde for roughly 10 months.
What makes Forde such a wonderful centre?
Forde’s got this way of being able to make the centre feel like a family where the educators are always willing to support each and all families as much as possible and happy to do more than expected. The educators support one another while working with each other professionally. We are all able to still have jokes with one another and have a good laugh which makes it fun working at Forde.
Where’s one place in the world you’d love to travel to and why?
I’d like to go back to Italy to just visit family. I had a blast the first time I went a few years ago and was the best couple of weeks I’ve ever had. The different places in Italy were unbelievable and the food was crazy good!
If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to control time and be able to make it stop or go quicker.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about you.
I was coached by an ex-Australian futsal player when I first started playing futsal.
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