Norland are a renowned institute for Early Years Education, having moved to Bath in 2003. You may have spotted them around in their tell-tale uniforms!
What course did you study at Bath College?
Children’s Play, Learning and Development Level 3
What was the most enjoyable aspect of your course?
Whilst doing the course I think the most enjoyable aspect was placement as it allowed me to put my knowledge and learning into real life situations, increase my communication skills, meet new people and show good practice.
What have you done on your course that you feel is most valuable?
During my time at college I had many opportunities to take part in charity events. One occasion was when we raised money for Children in Need which involved us coming up with ideas, planning the event, working as a team and being enthusiastic.
What made you apply to Bath College in the first place?
I knew I wanted to do an Early Years course therefore when I attend a jobs fair I focused on related courses, I then went to an open evening where I felt very welcomed. I also applied to Bath College because of the great support available, the friendly environment and the opportunities they give you.
What have you been doing since you left Bath College?
Since I left Bath College, I carried on working in a nursery that I started half way through college. I then started Norland College in September alongside an agency job called Eyears. I left my weekend job at Primark and I am now employed at Waitrose.
What piece of advice would you give to students looking to study Early Years?
To work or study a child base course you have to be enthusiastic, passionate and interested in the topic. It is a hard/full-on course therefore you need to be organised and prepared. The opportunities you receive from the course is phenomenal e.g jobs, trips, practice and experience.
Eleanor kindly came in to talk to our current Early Years students about progression routes after College and her own progression into Norland College. It was really inspiring for our students to see the success that our past students have had, and we hope it helps spark excitement for their future and career.