Jake, a former learner at New City College, shares an insight into how studying a CACHE qualification helped secure him a place at university and successfully set him on an aspirational journey towards becoming a primary school teacher.
Currently studying a BA (Hons) in Primary Education at Canterbury Chris Church University, the CACHE qualification provided Jake with a solid foundation of knowledge and experience in Early Years Education.
Broad and in-depth foundation
The varied nature of the CACHE qualification gave Jake the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills that helped prepare him for the next stage in his development – from paediatric first aid to an understanding of the national curriculum. Jake commented:
“The CACHE qualification provided me with a broad and in depth foundation of understanding in Early Years Education, helping me secure a place at university. It helped reconfirm my belief that I wanted to work in the sector and fuelled my passion for Early Years. I’m now on route to achieving my dream of becoming a Primary School Teacher.”
Quality hands-on placement experience
Reflecting on his experiences of the qualification, Jake said: “I would without a doubt recommend CACHE qualifications to other learners. I enjoyed the placement opportunities that were available as part of the course, these provided an important insight into how nurseries and schools operate. The ‘hands on’ approach to learning really broadened my understanding into the ways practitioners can help support children in their development.”
“The creative and innovative teaching provided learners with a unique experience on how rewarding a job in childcare and education is.”
Building strong bonds
Although he’s only been involved with the sector for a short time, Jake has already experienced plenty of career highlights, which he has experienced through placements and part time work, which he fits in around his studies.
He explained: “One of my highlights was getting an amazing bank staff role at a local nursery, where I have worked for 7 months now. The role has given me an opportunity to expand my pedagogy further to support children with their learning and development. It’s great to build a strong bond with the children and see their daily progress. They love to spend time reading and doing experiments with me. It’s an amazing feeling that you have made a difference to children’s lives.
“It really is the best job in the world!”
Could this be a career path for your child?
As the leading sector specialists at the forefront of technical education, CACHE has developed the Technical Qualification for the Education and Childcare T Level which is available from September 2020.
T Levels are new 2 year programmes, equivalent to 3 A Levels, aimed at 16-18 learners to provide them with the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to progress into skilled employment or higher level studies.