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Prior to starting my degree, I studied Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Children’s Play, Learning and Development. I choose this course because I knew I wanted to work with children, just wasn’t sure where I would go with it. Whilst completing this course I ensured that I worked hard and in return I received a Norfolk Scholar Award as I achieved a triple Distinction.

On completion my course, I then decided I wanted to study at University centre West Anglia. I chose to study a foundation degree in Playwork and Education and furthermore went on to study BA Hons Top-up year in Early Childhood Professional Studies.

I chose UcWA opposed to other universities is because I was willing to work alongside my degree and this was acceptable here but not at other universities. I believed that working alongside my university degree would give me a range of skills that other universities may not be able to provide. Also, the tutors at the university had been my tutors at CWA, therefore I knew that the knowledge which they could provide me with was excellent.

The main content of the course is based around children and the development of teaching and learning. There are many things that we have learnt, such as outdoor play, safeguarding, children’s rights, childhood theorists, and different approaches to learning.

The tutors are well-trained and are experts within their own fields of knowledge. They share their experiences, which allows students to reflect on these situations and learn from them.   

I am now working towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This will enable me to teach in a Primary School, which is my aspiration and hope to Inspire the same enjoyment of learning to the children I teach as the tutors of CWA and UcWA have for me.

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