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Thinking of Studying Childcare?

18th March 2013

Calderdale College has been teaching Childcare for over 50 years and currently has 18 courses in Childcare for students at all levels. Our Childcare lecturers have worked over 110 collective years in the industry; we consider ourselves to be Childcare specialists, but don’t just take our word for it; read what our staff and students have to say about studying and working in Childcare:

Sara Smith, Early Years lecturer at the College has worked at the College for over 10 years and worked in Childcare for over 22 years in a broad range of Childcare roles: “I have managed a Nursery in Bradford and worked as a Nursery Nurse at Portland Street Hospital in London and Sheffield Hospital. Working in Childcare allows you to travel around the world and work as a Nursery Nurse in day nurseries, privately-run nurseries, family centres, primary schools, hospitals and cruise ships. You can also work as a Nanny both in the UK and abroad.

“Having worked in number of varied Childcare roles and locations I can pass on my industry experience and knowledge to my students. Every member of the Childcare department has a different industry background which allows students at the College to benefit from our diverse experience and gives students the context needed to put what they have learnt into practice. Childcare is not just about being a Nursery Nurse - in a nursery there are numerous jobs and locations you can work in, it is a very rewarding profession with lots of job satisfaction which enables you to make a difference and explore the world, Sara continued.

Whilst working at the College as an Assessor, Sara realised she wanted to teach Childcare at College level. She completed her Certificate in Education (Cert Ed) whilst at the College and has recently finished her MA in Childcare Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University: “I have been lucky enough to experience working in Industry and studying Childcare at an academic level which has enabled me to see both sides of the spectrum – once you start, learning can be very addictive!”

Vicky Yates, Level 3 Childcare and Education student from Mytholmroyd talks about the course and why she studied childcare: “When I was younger I was told that I was good around children and studying on this course has reaffirmed this and that’s why I want to be a Nursery Assistant. Childcare is really rewarding, interesting and amazing; I recommend studying childcare because you can watch children learn and see them grow and it will help you with your own children later on in life. I love all aspects of the course, there is a lot to learn, but help is always available if you need it.

“If you study childcare at Calderdale College you will have a great time, it has been a great experience. I currently work 4 days at Hebden Bridge Private Day Nursery School every other week alongside studying at College. I enjoy interacting with children and would love to continue working there,” continued Vicky.

Tom Calvet, Level 3 Childcare and Education student from Illingworth talks about studying Childcare and becoming a Primary School Teacher: “I have always wanted to work with children since being at Secondary school. I currently work 4 days at Abbey Park Primary School in Illingworth every other week alongside studying at College. I love my placement and working with older children, my placement allows me to see a broader side to Childcare and helps me relate my own experiences to the theory taught at College.

I have learnt a lot from my tutors who have different relevant industry experience and I highly recommend this course to male students considering Childcare - there can be a stigma attached to men working in Childcare, but nothing like this exists at the College and it is a great way of getting into Primary education. I am going to University in September to train to be a Primary School Teacher and hope to immigrate to Australia in the future,” continued Tom.

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