The Journey of an Early Childhood Education & Care Educator – VFA Learning

Early Childhood Education & Care

Journey of an educator

Karla Gumina- Head of VFA Learning Early Childhood Education and Care

Karla Gumina- Head of VFA Learning Early Childhood Education and Care

Karla Gumia- Early Childhood Education and Care tells us of her journey.

I am Currently the Head of Early Childhood Education and Care in Geelong at VFA Learning I have worked in Early Childhood for the past 21 years, starting my Diploma as an 18-year-old girl from the country….where there were no childcare centres.
It’s that time of the year when you may be thinking about a career change, looking to update your qualification or completing your Year 12 exams.

An Early Childhood Education and Care qualification opens up so many career opportunities for you, and I feel very fortunate to have been able to work in varied roles over my career.
I cannot remember a day when I did not go to work as an educator or Kindergarten teacher where there was not endless amounts of laughter and enthusiasm, and I can certainly reiterate the greater amount of effort that you put into getting to know the children and their families the more fulfilling your role is.

Early Childhood Education and Care: the perks of her career.


It is a privilege to play such an important role in the life of a child during their formative years, to provide an environment that is child focused, welcoming, challenging and stimulating and promoting that learning is fun!

Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to secure employment as a Centre Director, Kindergarten Director/Teacher, Family Day Care Field Worker, The Mirabel Foundation (Children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to their parents illicit drug use), various training organisations, in early intervention and an Aboriginal Cooperative.

Don’t get me wrong working with children and families can be challenging and physically demanding, but it’s a profession that is evolving. The Early Years Learning Framework has encouraged us to be more reflective and encouraged us to view each child in the context of their family and within the community. No two children are the same, and no childcare centres are the same.

Early Childhood Education and Care: Life-long Learning.


I consider myself a life-long learner, I enjoy new challenges….and I am glad that 21 years ago I braved the 45-degree heat to attend an interview to commence my career in Early Childhood Education and Care.

People sometimes ask,”Why do you do what you.”….and that is easy to answer, “That I believe that all children deserve the very best early childhood education and care and deserve the most passionate and innovative educators.”


We look forward to welcoming students to Early Childhood Education and Care at VFA Learning in the coming weeks, and sharing our passion and enthusiasm with you!