Competition Success for SLC Childcare Students

SLC StudentsSouth Leicestershire College (SLC) brought young talented students together for a two day childcare competition. Now in its third year, the Ambassadors to Childcare Competition was organised specifically to give ‘Early Years’ students the opportunity to showcase their skills and compete for a title. This intercollege competition, held last week on the 18th and 19th March 2015, brought together eight students from colleges as far afield as South & City Birmingham and Blackpool & Fylde. The students were assessed over two days through a variety of vocational activities such as creating displays for children, story-telling sessions and a role play with a mother concerned about her child. Continually observed by judges, the students were also asked to reflect on their performance throughout the competition to further assess their knowledge.  

The judges were drawn from the competing colleges and industry professionals. After careful deliberation, the winners were announced at a presentation ceremony. Teresa Bell, Regional Development Executive for CACHE, the awarding body for childcare provision, presented trophies to the winners. Excitingly, for the second year running, SLC secured both first and second place. Charly Barwell (17) came first closely followed by Charlotte Owen (17) in second place. Both students are studying the Early Years Educator course here at South Leicestershire College.

Speaking after the ceremony, 1st Place winner Charly Barwell commented, “I feel over emotional and so glad that all my hard work that went into coming first in this competition has made my family really proud.”

South Leicestershire College Quality Lead and organiser of the competition, Pami Johal said, “I think the competition has been a huge success and a great way to celebrate our students’ skills. It is our hope that we can take this competition to a national level and potentially be represented at The Skills Show in the future.”

SLC’s success was not limited to ranked places, 17 year old Tayla Glover so impressed visiting judges, from local nursery Hunny Pot, that they have invited her in for an interview for their nursery Apprenticeship vacancy. So success all round for all our student competitors. 

Laurel Penrose, Deputy Principal and Chief Executive Officer of North Warwickshire & Hinckley College and South Leicestershire College says:

“The event was a great opportunity for those students to practice their skills in front of industry professionals and to receive well deserved recognition and praise. Whether they are aiming to go to university or into full-time employment our hope is to help these students pursue their career potential.”