spotlight on… children’s play, learning & development

We take a closer look at the Children’s Play, Learning & Development course available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our current students to give us a bit of insight into the course, what’s involved and what it’s like studying it here at Cowley Sixth Form College.

When did you first consider studying Children’s Play, Learning & Development at Sixth Form?

I studied Childcare in Year 10 and 11 and really enjoyed it, so when we got the chance to pick subjects on a sixth form taster day, I chose to do the childcare one and it really got me interested in studying it at sixth form.

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

I’ve always wanted to work with children and I am looking at studying Primary Education now at University because I liked how the course has looked at education within the early years settings and think this is going to be really beneficial when I start my teaching degree.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

The different units we are looking at are so varied, and although it obviously focuses on infancy and childhood, we’ve looked at lots of different topics within that life stage and I’ve learnt so much about childcare that I didn’t even think of… did you know children have reached approximately half their adult height by the time they are two?!

Did you find the work placement beneficial to you?

I was a bit apprehensive at first about doing the work placement, however, once I was there, I loved it. It really gave me the chance to put into practice what I had learnt in the classroom. It also made me realise 100% that was what I wanted to do in the future.

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

The teachers give us lots of opportunity to ask questions in lessons and never make us feel like it’s a silly question. We can also email them with any questions or pop into the classroom and ask for help if needed.

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

We looked at how to care for children and had to show that we are able to care for babies, so we got to get really hands on, bathing, feeding and changing babies. Even if they were pretend babies, it was still lots of fun!

 What have you found the most challenging? 

We look at lots of psychological theories on child development and then apply them to working with children. I find this interesting, however, it can be difficult to remember what all the different theorists believe in terms of how children develop.

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

Do it! The teachers here are so supportive and really push you to achieve your best. At times, I have probably lacked confidence, but by completing the work experience and gaining so much knowledge in childcare, I know I’m choosing the right career to go into.

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick Childcare?  If yes, why? If no, why not? 

Yes, definitely, a vocational course like this gives you lots of subject knowledge and experience which will be so useful in my chosen career but also in life!

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