I'm off to college to study for my HNC (BTEC down south) in Early Education and Childcare. It's something I've thought about for a long time, especially since Z started nursery. I helped out as often as I could and really enjoyed being around the children.
My course takes a year to complete and then I can move on to do my HND, which can be classed as a second year at University. Once I've done that, I can decide whether to carry on to Uni or to go in to employment. The course allows me to work in nursery and up to Primary 1 if I wanted to. I'm still undecided about whether to pursue a career in teaching primary or whether to stick with the younger children. I have two days placement on the course so this will give me the experience to help me make the decision.
I had my induction at college last week which made everything more real. I now have a student ID card which means student discount! Sadly, I don't think Next or Build-a-Bear offer a student discount but I do get a free cheeseburger at McDonalds (every cloud and that!)
I'm excited to start my course. It is definitely going to be hard work but I'm prepared for it. I have my first assignment to do after reading a few pages on "the importance of play in the curriculum" from my HNC book. It's only to be 250 words but I want to do a good job of my first piece of college written work!
Has anyone else gone back to education after children? How did you find it?