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Meet Our Early Years Students


Mia 

Level 2 Early Years 

“We’ve learnt a lot, from how children grow and develop to how to give them a healthy diet. My work experience as a learning support assistant has given me the chance to use what I’ve learnt, and it’s helped me to become more confident too.”


Alan 

Foundation Degree in Early Years

 "The best thing about our course is the teachers. They’re really knowledgeable and they have so much experience, so they can always tell you about what they’ve done or seen professionally. They’re very supportive, but they always push you to do better and be a better professional, and they’re really good at getting the best out of us. The class is full of people on different career paths, and we’re encouraged to draw from each other’s experience – what someone has experienced as a nanny, for example, might be different from what a Special Needs Coordinator has experienced. I did an apprenticeship at Nescot, so I was really glad to have the opportunity to study here again. I’m doing the Foundation Degree at the moment but I’m planning to do the top-up to convert it to a full degree. I’m planning to work as a teacher in the future, and I know that this qualification will help me to get there.”

JakeChildcare & Education Level 3

Jake’s interest in working with young children springs from spending time with four much younger cousins. Despite not being able to complete a work placement while at school (due to Covid), he researched the sector and was in no doubt a Childcare course was the right choice for him after finishing GCSEs.

“My ambition is to run my own nursery,” he explains. “To do that I need the practical experience which this course will help me develop, alongside the qualification and understanding of how children learn and legal requirements, which we learn in classroom sessions. I’ve just started the course and it is a high standard, A Level equivalent, so I have the option of going on to University. I’ve got a lot to learn but I’m already enjoying it. I think I have empathy with young children and will be good at helping them deal with unexpected challenges.

I’m the only male in our group of 20, but the whole class are very supportive and I feel included and comfortable. It doesn’t matter if I’m the only male – I think you should study what you want to do, and I enjoy working with children.

I think it’s really important for more men to get into childcare – we are role models and it is good for schools and nurseries to have a balance of sexes.”


Photograph of a Nescot student

We’ve learnt a lot, from how children grow and develop to how to give them a healthy diet. My work experience as a learning support assistant has given me the chance to use what I’ve learnt, and it’s helped me to become more confident too.