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Degree success leads to job promotion

Laura Masson says her University of Central Lancashire degree gave her the confidence to apply for a promotion doing a job she loves, working with young children. She spent nine years progressing from a supply teacher to a Level Three Early Years Practitioner at Little Ducklings Day Nursery. Read on to hear Laura’s story.

Laura Masson studied Children, Schools And Families, BA (Hons).
Laura Masson studied Children, Schools And Families, BA (Hons).

Before enrolling on the University of Central Lancashire’s BA (Hons) Children, Schools and Families course, Laura Masson had worked at Little Ducklings Day Nursery for nine years. Starting as a supply teacher she’d worked her way up to being a Level Three Early Years Practitioner.

Laura was keen to continue developing her professional career and studying at degree level was her next step; as Laura explains:

“Taking up study was an eye opener. It’s improved my knowledge and my understanding of a profession I love.

"It’s given me the chance to work with a multitude of people. But, most of all, I wouldn’t have had the confidence to apply for the job share post of Deputy Manager, which I did towards the end of my degree."

“It’s directly impacted on my career and employment opportunities. My degree in Children, Schools and Families means I’m a more reflective practitioner and I have a greater understanding of child development,” adds Laura.

Now Laura’s duties include ensuring all children and staff are safe and happy, she carries out regular supervisions and acts as a role model to her staff.

As well as helping Laura further her career, the University has left a lasting impression on her.

She’s quick to say: “I’ll always remember the great friends I’ve made and the people I’ve met. And the supportive team.”