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Careers at Peninsula Health: Q&A with Kaye Hall

Name: Kaye Hall

Role: Early Education Advisor

Sites that you’re based at: across all sites as well as outreach and community work

1. What does a typical day in your role involve?

Unlike my other work colleagues in the Children’s Services Team who are all allied health professionals, my background is teaching. My key role on the team is to enhance collaboration and communication between the Health sector and the Early Childhood sector to help bridge the gaps between sectors. The ultimate aim is to wrap supports around young children with developmental needs to enhance learning opportunities in their Early Years settings.

There is no really typical day for me. Some of the things I might do could include:

  • Running school readiness, social skills and language groups with the clinicians at Community Health.
  • Outreach to targeted Early Years Educators to identify and support children with developmental delay.
  • Working alongside educators in some of the local disadvantaged communities to build a whole of curriculum approach to support child development in their approach to teaching. At the moment I am enjoying this role at Wallaroo kinder in Hastings West Park. This helps to overcome the barriers to access, by meeting families and children at places that they naturally attend.
  • In consultation with clinicians from the Children’s Services Team I support child clients in their Early Years setting so they can have their needs met in their everyday environment.
  • Using my early childhood expertise and teacher’s approach to plan and design group programs alongside clinicians that will support children with developmental delay.
  • Community education with services on the role of community health, how to make referrals and what are appropriate referrals.
  1. Why did you pursue a career in this field?

I taught in kindergartens for 30+ years and was always keen to build my skills to ensure that I was always up with best practice. I had a real passion for supporting families and children with developmental delay. After completing my ‘Masters in Inclusion and Early Intervention’ I began to look for an opportunity to use my skills in a more targeted way.  This position became available in 2011 and I took what was a huge step out of my comfort zone and joined the Children’s Services Team.

  1. What do you like best about your job?

Building my knowledge and skills around developmental delay to better support educators, children and families in such a wonderful supportive environment with a group of amazing and dedicated professionals.

  1. What has been one highlight working in the Children’s Services team at Peninsula Health?

Winning the inaugural Rob Macindoe Award for Excellence in Social Health Initiatives in 2013. This was an award for the Program ‘Kids Achieving and Community Health’. This program was designed to help educators to support children with developmental delay in their natural learning environment. It was such a proud moment to be acknowledged for a program that was planned in conjunction with my colleagues in the children’s services team and other Early Years professionals and a culmination of over 12 months work.

 What do you like to do when you are not working?

Spend time with my beautiful family, read, go to the beach and try to relax!