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Charlotte Bradley – Early Years Foundation Degree and Early Years BA Top Up

When Charlotte Bradley decided she wanted to take the next step in her career, she looked to University Centre Calderdale College to strengthen her skills with a degree level qualification. “I was worried I might be ‘too old’ to study higher education through college but there was such a diverse range of students taking part from all walks of life and of different ages!”

Charlotte has worked with children with SEND for a number of years and her keen interest in early childhood development left her with a desire to take on a higher education course. “The course was very informative, drawing on current experience and practice as I studied alongside working in an early years setting. The course participants were all from varied backgrounds with varying levels of experience in different settings. We looked holistically at child development and how different theories can be implemented to nurture children’s learning and development.”

While studying, Charlotte’s career has gone from strength to strength and in December 2020, she set up her own not for profit organisation, The Future Proof Project, where she and her partner use first-hand experience to provide peer support and education to break down barriers and reduce the stigmas associated with gambling-related harms.

Charlotte covered this topic in her dissertation and has also co-authored a report with the founder of TalkGen, an independent, non-profit organisation built by individuals with lived experience, this research paper was submitted as part of the government’s call for evidence in the review of the Gambling Act. You can read the full report here.

Though the course at University Centre Calderdale College is full time, Charlotte remained dedicated, putting time management to the test to balance this alongside her career and family life. It certainly paid off as she went on to receive a first class honours. “Even when I doubted myself, I was encouraged and supported. I felt that the University Centre truly believed that I could achieve what I wanted to achieve… and I did!”

Charlotte is keen to continue her studies and hopes to complete her masters degree at Calderdale College in the near future.