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Charlotte staff spotlight

Former Weston College learner Charlotte Howe is now a lecturer within the Early Years team. Here, she explains why she chose to study at the College and what attracted her to a teaching career.

I progressed to Weston College’s Early Childhood Studies Foundation Degree having studied a National Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development.

I chose Weston College after attending an open event where I was inspired by the head of curriculum, Mark Wilkins, and his brilliant team.

All modules were relevant to the early years sector and the course provide the perfect grounding for a successful career.

The course emphasised the importance of practical experience and a placement was a mandatory element of the course. I experienced a wide range of early years settings and the teaching team strongly accentuated the importance of linking theory to practice.

I also found the variation of assessment methods effective as they enabled me to build and develop skills.

I’d always wanted to work with children and studying at Weston College provided me with the opportunity to explore different age ranges, including nursery, primary schools and childminding. If you’re thinking about a career in the sector, I’d highly recommend the foundation degree.

After completing the course, I progressed to the BA (Hons) top up at Bath Spa University and obtained an overall 2:1.

Having been inspired by the teaching team at Weston College when I was a student, I developed a desire to work in the further and higher education field.

The College gave me that opportunity when I returned to work as a support worker within the Care and Early Years department. Last year, I secured a role of an Early Years lecturer and I’m now studying the Level 5 course in Teaching and Education to enhance the quality of my teaching practice.

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