Higher education Joshua Merchant has recently completed the Early Years Services (Childcare) Foundation Degree and told us how it has benefitted him in his professional role in a school.
Joshua said: “The foundation degree has really opened my eyes to the true challenges of working in partnership with professionals, families, and pupils.
“I have developed my knowledge and working practice of safeguarding, inclusion as well as about the challenges of following legislation, whilst trying to support families and always safeguard the wellbeing of the child as the priority.
“I have learnt how to link my daily working practice in school to theory which has led to an improvement in my working practice standards and an increase in my own self-belief in making better decisions for pupils’ wellbeing and holistic development.
“Carrying out research on these fundamental origins and looking back at a variety of situations through the eyes of theorists, teachers and families has given me an unbiased view to learn from and I now have a renewed hunger to continue my academic and personal development.”