College to train Children, Schools and Families specialist students

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A local college is expanding its curriculum for students who would like a rewarding career in early years teaching or family support.

From September, Cornwall College St Austell will offer Children, Schools and Families courses for 16 to 18 year-old learners and adults across a range of levels, including degree-level and apprenticeships.

Team Lead for Children, Schools and Families at Cornwall College St Austell, Laetitia Mayne, said with “subject-specialist trained staff and fantastically resourced teaching spaces, we are looking forward to welcoming our new cohorts of learners.”

“If you have confidence, enthusiasm, communication skills and patience, then educating children and young people and watching them develop is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers you can have.”

As an early years practitioner, teaching assistant or family support worker you will provide the building blocks on which a child or young person will flourish.

“There is a strong practical element to our courses including the interactive babies, creative learning and excellent links to current, best practice,” Laetitia continued.

“We are excited to offer this curriculum from our St Austell campus, with excellent transport links we feel it will really give learners of all ages a great opportunity when they are deciding where to study in their route to working with children and young people.”

Level 3 Early Years Workforce student, Tyler Randall, said the course has “confirmed what career I want to pursue”.

“I have now realised that there is so much more to looking after children and ensuring that they reach their full potential.  I have particularly enjoyed the practical elements of the course and attending a primary school, which has allowed me to gain valuable skills to use in practice.”

Tyler is now looking forward to progressing onto the FdA Early Childhood Studies course at St Austell.

“The lecturers have been amazing helping me complete this course, I would definitely recommend it to students looking to have a career working in the children, schools and families sector.”

There is a Course & Careers Advice Event at Cornwall College St Austell on Saturday 14th March, 10am until Midday, for potential students to look around the facilities and meet the lecturers.

To find out more about the extensive range of Children, Schools and Families courses available across The Cornwall College Group visit or call 0330 123 2523.