Former HE Foundation Degree in Early Years student Lisa Broome
After 22 years as a qualified nursery nurse, Lisa Broome decided she wanted to consolidate her knowledge and years of practice to move on to the next level of her career so enrolled for the two-year Foundation Degree in Early Years Service.
Lisa, aged 44, who manages a private day care nursery, said: “Doing the course was an amazing experience – I felt re-inspired and motivated to learn again and my confidence increased no end.
“As the course was part-time in the evenings it meant I could continue to work as well as study and it enabled me to combine my working practice and theoretical knowledge, and share my learning with my staff to inspire them to develop themselves as early years practitioners.”
After completing the foundation degree, Lisa progressed to a one-year top-up programme at the University of Wolverhampton and graduated last September with a First Class BA (Hons) in Childhood Studies.
Lisa added: “If you’d told me five years ago that I would have a degree, let alone achieve a First Class Honours, I would never have believed it! By choosing to study again I’ve up-skilled and shown how a career in childcare isn’t just about changing nappies – I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and am celebrating my career and my skills as a well-qualified professional.”
Lisa is now considering doing a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in Post Compulsory Education (PGCE PCE) to enable her to progress even further in her career.