What appealed to you about the Community Cultural Coordinator role before you applied?

It was an exciting opportunity, being a new role for KU, and there was a chance to make a positive impact on the ground and getting children into early childhood education which is just so important.

What have been some of the most rewarding moments in your role to date?

I love being able to promote early childhood education and KU to our community and seeing the community actually take that information on. The most rewarding part of it all has been then seeing families enrol their children into preschool.

Other proud moments include being able to really support families on their journey at KU, because I want them to have a positive experience and start to education. Seeing parents overcome barriers to enrol their children has also been very rewarding.

What have been some of the more challenging aspects of your role?

Starting an engagement role during a pandemic has not been ideal and obviously hampered my efforts in getting to meet families in person, be present in services and do all the face-to-face work that helps to build relationships. In addition, with this being a new role for KU, it has taken time for staff and services to get used to bringing me in and utilising me as a resource.

What are you most looking forward to in 2022?

In 2021, I really enjoyed learning the ins and outs of early childhood education and seeing first-hand the positive impact this has on children’s lives and I’m looking forward to learning more.

In 2022, I’m looking forward to getting to work more closely with services, families and Allied Health to improve outcomes for children.