Nursery staff celebrate double degree success
It was a double cause for celebration this week as two nursery practitioners from Airedale Hospital passed their degrees from Craven College with flying colours.
Elsa Priestley and Vicky Yates, who both work at Nightingales Day Nursery, have both studied on the same degree course in Young Children’s Learning and Development whilst working; attending college and studying for one day each week.
For Elsa who is from Sutton in Craven, her degree comes after 8 years of studying at Craven College. Elsa started on the apprenticeship scheme at the college and now works in the baby room, looking after the youngest nursery children, which she really enjoys:
“It is much more about care giving when working with the babies, they do want you to play but the role is much more gentle as they need much more care and one to one time with you”.
Elsa gained a First in her degree and it has already helped in her role as she explains:
“The degree course gives you more knowledge and understanding and so you have the theory behind the practice that you do every day. It can help the other staff understand things if they have questions and if you know the answer because you have studied it in more detail, so it’s beneficial to the whole team.”
Deputy Nursery Manager Vicky Yates is from Nelson and the degree course saw her return to study after a gap of several years.
“I really liked the Leadership and Management elements of the course as in my job I have to do that so it gave me a good insight on my management skills and how I could improve. I love my job, it’s different every day and I get the best of both worlds because I’m hands on with the children but I’m managing and leading people too so it’s very varied.”
The nursery which prides itself on helping children achieve their potential by learning through play, was recently rated as ‘Good’ by OFSTED in all areas, and praised for its well qualified and well trained staff and for the excellent relationship that staff have with parents.