Nescot’s Childcare Team are at the forefront of a fast-growing industry. We believe in treating our students as responsible adult individuals and you will rapidly grow in both ability and maturity. We pride ourselves on the fact that our students are so well regarded that employers frequently send us their vacancies because they want someone who is ‘Nescot qualified’.
Our Tutors are not only excellent teachers and mentors but have a wide breadth of industry experience and range from social workers and nurses to nursery managers and special needs experts. The excellent quality of teaching in this department has been recognised as Grade 1 and 2 by Ofsted and our staff form the backbone of this extremely successful, vibrant section of the college.
Links with Other Organisations
We believe that the skills we teach you can only truly be understood in their proper context. All our students are given the opportunity to experience working in an organisation relevant to their area of study and we are extremely active in the wider community. We understand that the subjects we teach attract students with a real desire to make a difference. Our excellent links with the care industry will give you the chance to see how your skills will work in the sector of your choice.
Your Education and Career
The whole department is deeply committed to helping you become the care professional you want to be. We will give you a thorough understanding of the theory of your chosen area and provide you with innovative, exciting opportunities to put that understanding into practice. Whether you are already working with children and want to take your career further, or are just starting out Nescot’s Childcare courses will show you how to keep children healthy and happy.
We not only give you work experience in the wider world but you can also get involved with other departments at Nescot to give you a real feel for your chosen career. From experience in the Campus Nursery, Nestots, to working with some of our students with learning disabilities, you will learn how to put classroom theory into practice to change lives.
- Samantha Barrett
- Children's Care, Learning & Development Level 2
What made you decide to study Childcare at Nescot?
I’ve always wanted to help troubled and disabled kids and Nescot came very highly recommended. I had friends who had done very well after coming here and my school steered me strongly towards the college as it has a very good childcare department.
Has the college lived up to your expectations?
Definitely, it’s been a very good experience. The college environment is welcoming and there’s a sense of purpose here. You are expected to work hard and get the most out of it.
And your course?
I’m enjoying it, I had a great placement and now I’ve been taken on permanently as a temp. Once I’ve finished my course I’ll be able to do a lot more with them so that’s been life changing in itself.
There is a lot of theory on this course and, while some of it is interesting and I can easily cope with the work, I’ve realised what I really love is learning on the job. The tutors here are great and have discussed the apprenticeship option with me as it suits my style of learning. They want the best for you as an individual here.
How has your time at Nescot changed you as a person?
I understand a lot more about myself, my skills and abilities and how they can be an asset in the career I choose. I’m much clearer about what I want and what suits me.
I’m very glad I came here. Although I’m taking the apprenticeship route next year I am glad I have my Level Two and, of course, I wouldn’t have had the job that my placement gave me. I’ve also loved getting to know my tutors. They have been great.
What advice would you have for someone thinking of taking your course at Nescot?
Don’t just think about the subject you’re interested in, think about what you want to do and how you want to get there. Think about whether you’re good at the theory or are you a more hands on person. If you decide this course is for you, I don’t think you could find a better place.
What are your plans for the future?
Once I’ve finished this course I will begin my apprenticeship with Nescot and the employer I got through my work placement. As for a dream job? I just want to experience working with as many different children as I can. I don’t really mind, I know I’ll love it and I’ll go where I’m needed.