Video- Childcare/Early Years at BAC
Student case studies
Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprentice L3
Working with children from a variety of backgrounds is very rewarding. During my apprenticeship I gained key industry knowledge, learned first hand from teaching professionals, and developed the confidence to do the job. It’s also a great way to earn money while you are learning.
After studying for a GCSE in Child Development at secondary school, I was inspired to pursue a career working with young children. At the college I chose to study the Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education as it combined both academic learning and work experience to help me develop my skills as an early year’s practitioner. I have passed my course with an A* grade and secured a place at Leeds Trinity University to study for a BA Hons degree in Primary Education with QTS.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bishop Auckland College. I decided to join this course as I have always had a passion for the subject and wanted to further understand child development. During my course I undertook many placements which allowed me experience of different childcare settings and see the many different opportunities that children are given within them. This course also gave me employability skills such as time keeping, professionalism and a general experience in different settings and the high standards they hold. My next steps from completing this college course is to find employment within a childcare setting.
What courses could I study?
We have a course at BAC regardless of your previous experience of Childcare/Early Years. If you have studied it at GCSE level, you might be able to go directly onto our Level 3 A-Level equivalent course! If not, we have other
courses designed to build up your skills first. Click below to read about the options available:
What facilities would I have access to?
Whilst on program you will have access to a wide range of learning resources to support your practice, including the nursery simulation suite, computer suites and lecture rooms. The nursery simulation suite is used in sessions to help with understanding how to plan and deliver a wide range of activities for babies and young children 0-5 years. We also have access to guest speakers who join us in sessions to provide you with a wider scope of knowledge and experiences. Also, you are provided with the opportunity to attend working environments allowing you a range of different experiences within early years settings.
What trips could I go on?
Learners have the opportunity to develop their knowledge with practical application sessions. This year a group of learners planned physical development activities in partnership with Bishop Auckland College Nursery, in line
with Sport Relief.
Other students went out onto the college fields to learn about outdoor teaching for children as part of forest schooling and future learners will have the opportunity to attend forest school sessions at Auckland Castle and participate in beach school sessions during visits to the coast. All of these experiences will enhance your knowledge and understanding of play and development.
What careers are there in this area?
Find out more about careers in this area by clicking the image below: