Student becomes the teacher at CCOW

Ex-student Lily Falkner-Hunt (centre) returns to CCOW Robe for her Year 11 work experience and helps out with some outdoor play time!
Ex-student Lily Falkner-Hunt (centre) returns to CCOW Robe for her Year 11 work experience and helps out with some outdoor play time!

She may not remember too clearly her time at Child Care On Wheels (CCOW) as a little tacker, but Lily Falkner-Hunt says she’s enjoyed her week-long work experience as the first previous student to return to the organisation 14 years later.

The almost 17-year-old was only around 3 when she first was a student at CCOW. “I thought it’d be nice to come back” she said. “I’ve always been interested in [working with] kids.”

Lily said she’s been impressed with what the kids are able to achieve.

“One of the older kids, he coloured in a picture the other day and it was amazing, he stayed in the lines, like I can’t even stay in the lines!” She laughed.

Lily finished up her week-long work experience on Friday May 6. “I’ve been helping out with kids, reading some books to them, playing with toys with them.“

She said to work in childcare you need patience, and to be able to stay calm.

”It’s been really good, I’ve really enjoyed it.”

Robyn Paterson is delighted to have a former student return for work experience. “We’re really pleased to have her back coming back, it really shows our maturity and how long we’ve been in the area.”

CCOW are unique in that they do not have a permanent child care facility.

“We started here because we didn’t have enough children, enough families here to sustain a child care building… so this is a form of care that started in NSW and it’s making children’s services accessible  to families that live in remote places.” Robyn said. “We use other people’s premises, and we go to Beachport and Kangaroo Inn as well.”

CCOW started in 2002 and is still going strong, which Robyn attributes to an influx of younger families moving to the area.

“They often come here with no extended family to help look after their children, and they really need the child care.”

Robyn said Lily was a student back in the very early stages of CCOWS, and that it was nice to see her return.