Seevic graduates help boost childcare sector in South Essex

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Nurseries and pre-schools in south Essex are already feeling the benefit of a work-based degree launched by Seevic College just eighteen months ago.

The first cohort of 18 students on the Early Years & Education Studies BA Honours Top-up programme at Seevic, located in Runnymede Chase, Benfleet, graduated in 2015 and are now enhancing Early Years practice in settings around the county.

160114 BA Honours Class Celebrating

In addition to helping meet the government’s agenda to have a better qualified childcare workforce, these individuals are also making a positive difference to the lives of children and parents. 

Jan Burton, Curriculum Area Manager for the Degree in Education Studies and Early Years, explains: “Students who achieve the full BA Honours degree make a positive impact and contribution to the Early Years sector; they are highly qualified professionals and this supports the Government’s agenda to have a better qualified childcare workforce.

“In addition they make a positive difference in children’s lives. Parents who are looking for the right place to send their children can be confident that, where staff have a degree, they are placing them in the care of people who are not only passionate but also highly qualified to look after their children.”

A remarkable seven graduates from the first cohort achieved first class Honours.

Jan added: “I am not surprised by the success of our students, as Seevic has offered the preceding Foundation Degree for a number of years and it too has been an incredibly successful programme. However, for seven students to achieve first class honours in the programme’s very first year is a truly amazing achievement for those individuals.”

Anne May, 46, from Rayleigh graduated from the BA Honours Top-up with first class Honours. Anne is Manager of Grove Road Pre-School in Rayleigh. Her long-term ambition is to provide early years one-to-one support for young people with additional needs. 

She said: “I never thought I would have a degree. To be able to study a full BA Honours close to home, while carrying on more or less with my normal life, has been invaluable.”

Sophie Hadkiss, 27, from Shotgate also graduated with first class Honours. Sophie is Manager of Tiny Treasures Day Nursery in Brentwood.

She said: “It’s always been my ambition to be a Nursery Manager. In the future I would like to study a Masters Degree and one day work for Ofsted, inspecting Early Years settings. Achieving first class Honours was an amazing achievement for me.”

The 12-month course is studied one day per week and is validated by University of Hertfordshire.

It provides individuals who hold a Foundation Degree in Early Years with the opportunity to convert their qualification to a full BA Honours degree.

On successful graduation from the BA Honours Top-up graduates have the opportunity to follow a career in education or early years practice.

The degree can also be used for entry into a wider range of progressions, post-graduate teaching qualifications or as entry to a Master’s degree.

Seevic has worked in partnership with University of Hertfordshire to offer Early Years Higher Education qualifications since 2008. 

The BA Honours Top-up year is open to anyone who has previously studied a Foundation Degree in Early Years at any college or university.

The Foundation Degree is open to anyone who has access to suitable work-related experience in an Early Years setting and who holds a relevant Level 3 qualification and GCSE Grade C in English and Maths.

The next entry for the Foundation Degree and BA Honours Top-up is September 2016. 

Individuals interested in finding out more about both programmes can visit the College’s next Open Evening taking place on: Tuesday 2 February, 5.30 – 8pm. Pre-book online to beat the queues.

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