Paula O’Bryan has dedicated her career to caring for others. From aged care to childcare, Paula has always been passionate about providing the best possible experiences for the most vulnerable. Now, as an Educator at Robinvale Preschool, she’s back to her hometown roots, making a lasting impact on the children and families in her community. With supportive leadership and plenty of opportunities to grasp, here’s why Paula is proud to build her career with the Y.
In her career, Paula has experienced both ends of the spectrum. From the wise musings of the elderly to the joyful chaos of the young, she first gained valuable skills working in aged care before embarking on her early learning pathway. When Paula decided to take on a Certificate III in Education Support, she transitioned to a role at her local childcare centre – and her love for working with children grew.
For Paula, those connections are close to her heart. Growing up, her family owned a pub in the small town of Euston, just a stone’s throw away from Robinvale. Paula then spent her younger years living in America and riding horses in Ireland, but jumped at the chance to return to her hometown roots. In 2019, she came across an ad for an Educator at the Y’s Robinvale Preschool – and she hasn’t looked back since!
When Paula’s not creating positive experiences for the children at Robinvale Preschool, you’ll likely find her doing one of two things. One, she’s enjoying everything a small town has to offer – from motorbike riding with her two children to training rising stars at her local footy club. Or two, she’s working hard to complete her accelerated Bachelor of Early Childhood Education. Paula was introduced to the Deakin University program by Ben Leersen, our Area Director for the region, and she says it was the perfect opportunity. Not only does it allow Paula to enhance her skills, but it also builds on all the wonderful work she and her team do for the children in their care.
Paula says the support she’s received during her studies has made a world of difference. Working in a small town, she was pleasantly surprised by the Y’s efforts to keep her team connected to their leadership.
As an Educator, Paula plays a critical role in ensuring parents and caregivers can balance their work and family responsibilities. And she makes a lasting impact during some of the most formative years of a child’s life. That purpose is what keeps Paula coming back every day.
If you think early learning sounds like the career for you, Paula says now’s the time. There is so much exciting change on the horizon, and we always need dedicated, driven people like Paula to help us make it happen!