Case Study – Childcare

I started working with children in my teens as a volunteer in play centres. There I learnt how to plan and deliver fun activities, and evaluate them. Later on, I volunteered in a nursery and took an introductory course to childcare (level1).I just wanted to train for a job that would fit around my family . This gave me the basic knowledge of child development and built my confidence up during the placement. They offered me a job as Special Needs Assistant and encouraged me to complete the level 2.

I enjoyed working with the children and as part of a team, and the challenge of meeting different needs (some of the children had ASD/ Downs or other physical disabilities). From there, I followed various career paths including teaching/ special needs support and training/assessing.
As a trainer/assessor, I have had students who took the Childcare level 3 from a whole range of job roles: people who wanted to specialise in early years or train as health visitors/ paediatricians, TAs in schools, childminders, play workers, drama teachers. Having a childcare qualification can be fun, rewarding and definitely opens up a lot of doors!


– Angelique Cannone

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Case Study – Health & Social Care

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Working in health & social care is the most rewarding career to choose, it allows flexibility for you to work around life commitments such as children. There will always be an area for you to develop and gain additional qualifications to achieve higher wages or a more supervisory role. Working in health & social care enables you to interact with people regularly; clients, colleagues or other professionals which improves your inter-personal skills as well as your communication and confidence. When I first began working as a care worker, I spent my day visiting clients in their own home’s – supporting them with daily living skills such as cooking, personal care or just having a cup of tea and a chat. The role helped open my mind to how other people think, feel and live. I decided to achieve my level 3 and begin working in a nursing home for additional experience. I worked long hours because I lived alone and felt that my colleagues and clients at the nursing home were my second family – I even chose to work on Christmas day because I felt more at home at work than I did where I lived.

When I became pregnant, I slowed my pace down and watched colleagues work in a way that I did not agree with. Whilst on maternity leave I decided to gain my assessor’s qualification as I believed that people who work in health & social care should work against the standards – the correct way and be rewarded by gaining their NVQ. I continued to work as a support worker for mental health/learning disability to gain more of an understanding of the different areas in care work, it was of a higher wage and I worked around my child when he attended school. I soon began working freelance assessing, gaining more experience and more money with more flexibility for my family.


– Gemma Curry

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