Before enrolling onto University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families course, Laura Masson had worked at Little Ducklings Day Nursery for nine years, working her way up from a supply teacher to a Level Three Early Years Practitioner.
Still wanting to develop her professional career, though, Laura came to UCLan. Before long, she had secured a promotion.
She said: “Coming to the end of my degree, I applied for Deputy Manager at the nursery which is a shared role and I got the job!”
Laura’s duties are now to ensure all children and staff are safe and happy with regular supervisions and acting as a good role model for practice to her staff.
“Taking up study for me has been an eye opener,” Laura said. “I have gained better knowledge and understanding of my profession and have been able to work with a multitude of people. Most of all I feel that without the course, I would have not had the confidence to apply for Deputy Manager.
“It has had a huge effect on my employment as I applied for, and got, the job and I feel it is down to my degree in Children, Schools and Families. It has allowed me to be a more reflective practitioner and have a greater understanding of child development.”
As well as helping Laura further her career, UCLan has also left a last impression on the UCLan Alumna for the memories made during her time studying.
She added: “I will always remember the great friends I have made and people I have met and the supportive team.”
04 April 2018