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    Childhood studies and early years

    I had my degree assessed in QLD and was assessed as being eligible for employment up to and including the position of director/co-ordinator of a childcare centre. If you want to be primarily 'responsibility-free' to start with, you may want to consider a position as a Childcare assistant or Kindergarten assistant - a role which you would be easily able to do. However, these are pretty badly paid. Though you may be okay with this, if you just want to find your feet and get yourself known initially. A Group Leader can earn anything upwards of $40 000 a year and they really do vary from centre to centre - be aware that some are quite strict about wanting people with current and relevant curriculum experience. Another option at first, may be to consider relief work with C & K kindergartens - they pay 'roughly' $22 an hour for a kindy assistant, $24 for a childcare centre assistant and around $28 an hour for a Group Leader within their C & K centres. Also, try having a look on Seek.com.au - put Education & Training and Brisbane into the search bars and you'll be able to get a view of the roles and wages on offer.
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    Childhood studies and early years

    Hi .. Just thought I'd pop by and add my experience as you are in a very similar situation to me. I also qualified with a First class BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. As Sammy1 said, you won't be eligible here as you need the extra year - to make up to the 4 yr full time duration expected to enable you to teach here. The one thing I will say though, after applying to three different Uni's, I found I was not eligible to complete a post-grad. After each Uni explained why, I still couldn't make head nor tail of their explanations. Roughly speaking though, it was something to do with the set up of our degree and the components of the study programme. Each Uni however, would accept me onto their undergraduate programme .... Though this wasn't straightforward either. Two of the Uni's would only give me 2 years worth of credit ... Leaving me with two more years to complete. In the end I signed with USQ as an online student as they were happy to credit me with my 3 years of study..... Leaving me with only the 4th year of study to complete. I have to say they have been great - supportive and very well-run for online students. I definitely agree with Sammy1 on her point about doing your study here - this will really benefit you in enabling you to familiarise yourself with the different early years curriculums and will be a positive aid to helping you when you seek your first teaching position here. I was originally tempted to do the Graduate Teacher Programme in the UK before I moved - what a waste that would've been, as its not recognised here at all ! One last thing, please bear in mind I'm in QLD and so can only advise on what happens in this state .... This may well not be the case elsewhere in Australia. Good Luck :wink:
  3. Ahhh ..... We've only been here two years, but even we struggled a little .... we have season tickets for Queensland Reds, so had a teeny bit of mixed loyalties. Still not enough to stop me getting my Welsh gear on though :wink: Same couldn't be said for my 11 year old unfortunately .... though his parents are both Welsh - he was born in England and insists he's English, though he's now starting to feel like he is 'nearly Australian'!! Oh dear - where is the loyalty :wacko:
  4. Ooh .... that is sooo below the belt :sad: Though .... I'll have you know welsh boys don't cry ..... they come out fighting .... wait and see .... :tongue:
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    Brumbies vs Wales

    Don't even get me started on the decision to kick away our possession in the last two minutes ... unbelievable! Real shame .... thought we had it in the bag :cry:
  6. Hmmmm! Am jealous! Just missed out on bumping into (or should that read stalking?!) them at the pool at southbank in Brissy .... not meant to be :cry:. Shame ... 'cos I love being surrounded by the sexy lilt of the welsh accent .... :wubclub:
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    Bill Bailey Qualmpeddler

    You'll start to think I'm stalking you .... :twitcy: But .... we love Bill Bailey .... looked this up and found he's in Brissy too. Yay! Off to book our tickets now - thanks for posting
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    Brumbies vs Wales

    Awww we were gutted! Atmosphere was fab though and a fair few Welsh turned out. Unfortunately our lads looked slow and half-hearted compared to the Wallabies. Mind you, I'm blaming jet-lag :wink: Have to say though, it was a tough one for us to watch as we are avid Reds supporters and have season tickets. Had to fight the urge not to cheer when Genia and Higginbotham both scored tries. I still reckon wales can do it ... they just need to show some of their Grand Slam magic ... and maybe send home one or two that played last night!!! Hope your game will be a better one for us!
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    Brumbies vs Wales

    If they were, they might not tell you in case you suggested joining them :twitcy: Mind you, I'm off to see them in Brissy tonight and have my flag cape ready too! Hope they have a fab tour ! enjoy your game!
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    Wales v Australia rugby union in June - anyone going?

    We'll look out for him :laugh:
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    Those that are living in Australia now...But not forever....

    I agree with this wholeheartedly! It's really lovely to see people having respect for the diversity of others' feelings and offering words of support :wubclub: Really feel for you! Having read many of your posts over time, I can see how things have been very difficult for you here. We are in a different situation as we are very happy here and have all felt very settled since day 1, but nonetheless have faced other difficult challenges that have cropped up along the way. The emigration process is a massive one - full of so many different challenges. Nothing can prepare you for it and no-one can possibly know how the process will affect them until they are here and in the midst of things. There's far too much in the way of unnecessary 'slagging off' that goes on regarding the Oz v UK argument and it's refreshing to see someone willing to discuss their difficulties without turning it into a vendetta against one country or the other. It's lovely that you've started this thread as a means of support for those who are experiencing difficulties and it's great that everyone can support each other. I wish you all the best and really hope things get easier for you soon :wubclub:
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    I need help from the ladies....

    Yep ... Same in Brisbane. They all seem to be very busy too ....
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    Free Brumbies ticket

    Would've loved it - if we were nearer! Especially with the result as it was :wink: Looked so freezing there though!
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    Wales v Australia rugby union in June - anyone going?

    Worked in The Bull for a good few years and spent many a happy weekend pub-crawling in Caerleon too...... think everyone did :laugh:! Needless to say I didn't pub crawl in Pontypool!! We've been in Brissy for two years and love it here. Funnily enough, was gonna post it here a few posts back ... But figured most people have seen it by now. Sooo good!
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    $19 for a paperback book!

    Some great advice here .... I am a real bookie and though I do use a kindle, I never get the same pleasure from it as I get when I curl up with a paperback. Books here can be extortionate but I shop around ..... I use the charity shops, the library, the discount book shops and also the book exchanges in our area.