Tell us how you started your career in childcare
If I am honest, I fell into childcare after having my own child as it fitted in well with family life. However, once I’d started my own childminding business and become successful enough to need to employ assistants and students from the local college on placements, I went on to complete my Level 3 qualification. I became intrigued with child development and how one thing could have such an impact on a child for the rest of their lives. I wanted to learn as much as I could and ensure that any children in my care had the opportunity to achieve the best outcomes.
Why did you choose to do the assessor award?
After my son started school, I felt it was time to move my career forward - although still within childcare. I considered nursery management and fostering but in the end chose to become an assessor. In all my working roles, even previous to childcare, I’ve always been a mentor and had apprentices working with me and felt that helping colleagues to achieve their goals was a strength of mine. Having the passion to ensure best outcomes for both children and people made an assessor role the obvious career choice. The flexibility of the role, working around my own child and family, was also a bonus!
What qualifications or experience did you need to start the course?
Childcare experience and a Level 3 qualification.
In your role as assessor, what’s involved in your day-to-day routine?
I travel to different settings to see my learners. Whilst with them, I’ll observe them working with children and talk to them about how they do things. I help them to reflect on their own role and brainstorm different ways to help children achieve their full potential. I carry out specific teaching sessions particularly around legislation affecting the childcare sector, child development theories, the EYFS (planning and observation techniques) and functional skills.
I put together teaching plans, work plans and observation plans for the learners to work from. I also put together resources to help my learners with their work and provide feedback and advice to them, supporting them to achieve their qualifications and functional skills.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of your role?
Seeing my learners grow and succeed in their own achievements and goals.
What advice would you give someone who wanted to follow the same progression route as you?
Do it! There’s nothing better than seeing the joy on a learner’s face when they reach their goals.
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