Students had to think on their feet at an inter-college competition testing their team work, presentation skills and ability to react to challenging situations.
The competition, for early years and health and social care students, was hosted by the Bath College Care Academy and also involved competitors from Wiltshire and Frome Colleges.
Competitors were given an interactive display board and presentation task, with early years students focusing on outdoor play and how children can benefit from this.
Competitors from Bath College
Early years students also had to take part in a role play, in which they met a parent to discuss a child who is about to start at nursery and talked about helping them to settle in.
During their role play, health and social care students met Pearl, an elderly lady about to be moved to a care home. They were asked to assess her needs and decide how best to help her.
The Bath College Care Academy is partnership between health and social care employers and Bath College, set up to prepare students for working in industry by providing work experience and training.
Employers at the competition included Isa Richer, from the Swainswick Explorers Pre-school Club, Judith Green, from Bath Mind’s Food for Thought programme, and Louise Malkin and Jacqui Watson, from Riverside Nursery.
Congratulations to the following winners from the competition:
Health and social care: Shanrece Ferguson and Patti Poplawska.
Early years: Katherine Ogborne and Jordan McMahon.
Childcare lecturer Abigail Holt said: “The competition went very well and all of the participating students were fantastic.
“It gave them an opportunity to network and share their knowledge with peers and employers, and was a great opportunity to bring employers into a college-based event.
“We are looking forward to holding similar events in the future and inviting more college to take part.”