Elaine Ford's Story: Why I chose to study Foundation Early Years!
Q: Why did you pick the Foundation Degree in Early Years course?
A: I completed a Nursery Nursing Examination Board (NNEB) in 1986 that was as high as you could go in Early Years qualifications at that time. I work in a setting alongside two lovely ladies who both have degrees and encouraged me to pursue a degree.
Q: What does your current role involve?
A: I am an Early Years practitioner working in the baby room with children aged 0 – 3 years. I work full-time alongside my degree. It is hard work managing both but I do feel that it will be worth it.
Q: How has the course helped you in your current role?
A: The course has given me an understanding of the theory which I can put into practice. It’s great to apply the knowledge that I have gained at University. I feel that I am becoming a better quality practitioner in the process.
Q: What are your future ambitions?
A: I would like to continue onto the BA Hons Level 6 Top Up in Early Childhood and then after that I would like to specialise in under 3’s so that I can start impacting on my practice and introduce changes.
Q: Which modules have you found particularly beneficial and why?
A: The Reflective Practice was particularly beneficial as I now reflect back and make changes in the workplace for the benefit of the children.
Q: What would you say is the best feature of the course?
A: I have received so much support from the lecturers, Eva and Nikki. They provide encouragement and when you doubt yourself they say that you can do it, their support has helped to build my self-esteem.
I am currently in my 50’s and I had put off studying previously thinking that I was too old to do a degree. Everyone has been so welcoming and I need not have worried or had reservations as I have had so much support from my fellow classmates, I am thoroughly enjoying studying at the University of Chichester.