Here at Parenta, we have a team of over 60 assessors who are based around the UK. This month, we interviewed one of our three male assessors, Tom Gore, to find out how he started his career in childcare and how he came to do the assessor role:
I live in Windsor with my wife and daughter. We moved in two weeks ago but already loving the area. I enjoy playing football and tennis, watching Brentford FC and going out with my family for meals and days out. I also love going to the pub with friends.
How and when did you start your career in childcare?
I started working in childcare in 2001 and I started off as a nursery assistant to a nursery nurse, team leader and I was an assistant deputy as well. I have worked in schools as a TA and worked with all age groups to the age of 16. I have also worked in holiday clubs.
When did you realise you wanted to be assessor?
I realised I wanted a slightly different challenge but to stay in Early Years. I thought it would be good to pass on my knowledge to nursery nurses starting out on the same journey I went on to be a brilliant nursery nurse. I am good with people and organised, and I thought it would be an interesting challenge meeting new people and going to different areas. No single day as an assessor is ever the same!
Was it easy to become a qualified assessor?
I qualified through a private company to get my CAVA (Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement) award and it was a mixture of online and classroom-based learning where I learnt the skills of becoming an assessor. With my childcare background, this was helpful with securing a job with Parenta.
What does a typical day look like for you?
I check my emails in the morning, go to normally two settings to see my learners where we discuss how they are and complete any observations and discussions that need doing. We also do progressive reviews throughout the course where the learner can discuss what they are thinking about the course. I also invigilate exams for the learners and help them through these with resources and teaching and learning sessions. When I get home, I complete any paperwork and take care of anything which needs uploading.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy meeting my learners, getting them through the course and especially working with the learners who struggle at first and then gain the confidence to do it.
What would you say is the most challenging part of your role?
The most challenging part is to get some learners motivated, however, this is the most enjoyable part as well to see them complete the course at the end.
Would you recommend this career to other men?
Yes. You would have to have a background in childcare, however, no two days are the same and I love being out and about meeting new learners and seeing them achieve things they thought they couldn’t. I wanted to be out of the classroom, but I do miss the children! However, with this job, I see the children progress through the learners I am working with.
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