Simron studied a BTEC National Diploma Level 3 In Childcare, Learning and Development at Leicester College. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences at college and how they shaped their career in teaching.
“I always knew since secondary school that the teaching career is the right path for me,” said Simron. “I chose my options in childcare from the age of 16 and have been developing this career for the past three years. My course at Leicester College helped me decide that the career I have chosen is right for me.
“Leicester College helped me develop the skills of working as an independent individual, due to being sent to work placements two days a week. This boosted my confidence and communication skills, as I had the experience of working with adults with a lot of knowledge and experience in this field of work. Now these particular skills help me in my current job.
“I started off doing work experience in three schools in Leicester as well as in a private day nursery,” said Simron. “I got my first job in a preschool whilst at university. I am now currently in the role of a Primary Teaching Assistant whilst studying my Level 4 from home. It was a proud moment getting the job because as I opted out of university during my first year due to medical and personal reasons. My achievement of a Level 3 from Leicester College is the reason I am working in schools today.
“My main responsibilities at work include working with small groups of children providing support in maths, literacy and one to one reading during the day, as well as covering PPA lessons, which is also a great opportunity that makes me proud.
“The greatest challenge I have faced is the transition from a pre-school to a primary school. Although I had school experience, it was difficult to make this change due to the responsibilities and routines being completely different. It took a while to adapt but the knowledge I gained from doing my Level 3 at Leicester College helped me to understand what was needed.
“My ultimate career goal is to open up my own Private Nursery one day. To work in this industry, you need to have the passion and enthusiasm to understand and relate to the children. Children require someone to feel comfortable with and humour, communication, maturity and behaviour management are very important.”