Huddersfield New College is celebrating receiving a range of fantastic feedback for CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education students who have continued to excel in their work placements – with one student impressing her placements hosts so much, she has been offered a permanent position on completion of her studies.

Despite the pandemic, students have continued to undertake work placement in their host settings, helping to educate and care for the children of keyworkers and vulnerable children. Students have risen to the challenges of Covid-19 secure working practices, and HNC has recently received a range of glowing feedback. Some of this is shared below.

One student Millie Parkinson (pictured above) impressed her host placement, Almond House Day Nursery, so much that she has been offered a permanent position as a Nursery Nurse upon completion of her studies. The nursery shares: “Millie is doing amazing, her attendance and dedication to the role is impeccable and we can’t wait for her to start full time employment with us ASAP!"

Early Years students undertake placement across a range of settings as part of their studies, enabling them to put their theory into practice and gain real world experience. HNC has been working with placement hosts to ensure that these can continue, and some of the feedback about a range of students working in different settings has included:

"Our student has really embedded herself into the team and has a great relationship with the staff and children. She is a pleasure to have in the setting."

"She has fit into our pre-school room like a regular member of staff. She isn’t afraid to ask questions and is using her initiative more and more."

"She is polite and hardworking. She is punctual, always here in plenty of time and staying longer if it was required. She is inquisitive and asks questions. She clearly enjoys being around the children and they enjoy her. She has got to know them well and will often make well informed comments and observations about the children to me."

"She interacts well with the children and is becoming more confident at reminding them how to behave appropriately around her. She also gets on with the staff well and can take direction to ensure she works as an effective member of our busy team."

"Her relationship with the team is very good and she is always eager to help. Its clear to see that she is very well suited to working with children and has a passion for it.”

Georgi Colleton, Early Years Learner Placement Officer says: “The work placement element of our course is a core part of our student experience, and over the past few weeks we have received so many glowing reports from placements. Our students have overcome the challenges of the pandemic, and adapting to the Covid-19 requirements to ensure that they can continue to help children to flourish. Those in early years settings are critical workers, and our young people are overcoming the hurdles of Covid-19 to be valued members of the setting team during their placements. Many hosts have commented they would have no hesitation in appointing our young people to available positions. We would like to congratulate Millie on being offered a position and thank our placements who have continued to welcome our students during these challenging times.”


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