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The two years of study at Richard Huish College for the Class of 2021 have been like for no other. They have adapted to an unpresented time in education with such determination. Amongst them are our educators of the future, from our Level 3 Childcare and Education Extended Diploma, who are now making the leap to begin their careers in their first roles.

The inspiring group of students are obtaining their licenses to practice and are heading in a variety of pathways. Amongst those looking to continue onto Higher Education are Chloe Morse and Bryony Skelsey who have offers from Bristol UWE to study Primary Teaching in September.

Meanwhile a number of students have already secured their first roles in employment. Tawney Revell and Jess Bullock will both be taking up Level 3 Practitioner roles in early years settings. Whilst Amber Philligham is about to begin a job in a holiday park. She shares “Level 3 Childcare and Education has helped me so much. The course has given me confidence when working with children and being able to support them. I have secured a job working at a holiday park as a Pool Shift Leader. I also run activities in the swimming pool for young children, the course has helped me to know how to support them.

She continues, “Level 3 Childcare and Education has helped me to understand different disabilities and how I can support children with those disabilities which is really useful when children with disabilities come on holiday. The course also encouraged me to learn sign language which makes it easier to communicate. I have also learnt how to help children that are feeling anxious which is helpful when children are apprehensive about swimming”.

Also heading to the world of work is Libby Holcombe, who has also been nominated for a CACHE Aspirations Award following her exceptional work on the course. She will begin work as a Nanny in June. Following her placement at Brook House Day Nursery (for children 4 months to 4 years) where she worked alongside staff organising activities, routines and day care she was also offered a position there but is excited to begin her Nanny job where she hopes to gain the 2 years experienced required to enter a play specialism. When she started at Huish she was unsure what to study but had always loved being around children and when asked about her nomination for the CACHE award she shared “it is nice to know I stood out after working hard throughout the course”.

If you are interested in helping shape the lives of children then discover more about studying an Extended Diploma in Childcare and Education at https://www.huish.ac.uk/courses/childcare-education-level-3-vocational/. There are many opportunities awaiting beyond the course.

Libby Holcombe

Libby Holcombe

Amber Phillingham

Amber Phillingham