Having worked for some time as a voluntary teaching assistant, I decided in the Autumn of 2009 to undertake a NVQ level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. The course turned out to be a double qualification with the NVQ running in parallel to a Technical Certificate. I found the course extremely interesting and informative. Both Joy, my Tutor at Side by Side Training and Julie, my NVQ Assessor at Side by Side Training were helpful and encouraging. At the end of the Summer Term of 2010 I passed my NVQ 3 and achieved a ‘Grade A’ pass for my Technical Certificate.
Having undertaken no formal education for over 20 years, this achievement boosted both my self esteem and employment potential. I am now completing my first year of employment as a Learning Assistant at a local school, where I have achieved Cover Supervisor status and regularly supervise classes in the absence of the Class Teacher. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience with Joy and the team at Side by Side Training and would recommend them to anyone considering undertaking a qualification to support their career in Early Years Childcare Practice.