EIDSVOLD AFTERSCHOOL: Children of Eidsvold come every day to the Christian Centre to enjoy the fun and games.
EIDSVOLD AFTERSCHOOL: Children of Eidsvold come every day to the Christian Centre to enjoy the fun and games. Noel Thompson

Payden is learning to teach new skills

THE opportunity for Payden Boyle to study for her certificate III and a diploma in children's services is a chance not to be missed.

Working with the kids in her home town is the ideal job for this recent school leaver.

The Eidsvold Christian Centre continues to be a magnet for children of all ages to have fun, play and to learn as opportunities arise.

Miss Boyle said her involvement with the children of Eidsvold inspired her to take on a traineeship through Queensland TAFE.

"This training is also a great job and an opportunity for me to interact with the children in my community," she said. "Personally, I would like this training to be the start of my career working with young indigenous kids."

While Miss Boyle is learning, she is also teaching the younger children of the Eidsvold community new skills.

Eidsvold Aboriginal Children's After School Care Program coordinator Melissa Blucher said the program also included vocational care for the Eidsvold children in the school holidays.

"The fact that we can have one of our Eidsvold teenagers training here is a fantastic result for the centre," she said.

"Payden is getting on-the-job training and we are teaching the little ones new skills.

"Here at the Christian centre it is totally different to the school environment because the children are learning through play and they are getting plenty of exercise at the same time."

The centre offers the children craft activities, ball games and running events.

The program is open to all ages and children don't have to be Aboriginal to join.

The afternoon starts with a snack of fruit when the children first arrive and then they have a hearty meal about 4pm.


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