Amardeep Mohammadi is studying a Foundation Degree (FdA) in Early Childhood Education.
“I chose to study at Carshalton College as it was accessible around my work and family commitments. Other degrees I looked at were either part time or long distance learning. I wanted to qualify within the 3 years.
I had been passionate about providing the best practice in the early years environment for many years and felt this course would benefit my professional development.
My first impression of the College was that it was welcoming and a nice place to study. Staff were all friendly and approachable.
The most enjoyable aspect of course is building on my own pedagogy; I particularly enjoyed article writing and the many group discussions. Visiting Roehampton University and Frobel’s Archive were highlights to.
My tutors are supportive and I leave each lesson feeling inspired and more confident in my own practice. Lessons are planned with a variety of learning: research in small groups, Lectures, whole class discussions etc. I never feel bored and no matter how tired I sometimes am, I still want to come and learn more.
Trying to fit in the study around work and family life is hard! The support of family, colleges and teachers has had a big impact and I have managed to get everything done even if it meant a few sleepless nights.
I would like to gain the full BA in Early childhood Education and become a qualified Teacher. Further, down the line I would love to continue to study possibly a MA and become an Advocate for Good Early intervention for Children with additional needs.
My advice for anyone thinking of this course is it is something that you will not regret and even though its hard work, it is achievable around work and family if you plan well. I have already seen benefits in my professional work and it has been nice to meet others with similar passions as myself.
I want to thank my tutor Andrea and all the Early Years staff for inspiring me, believing in me and supporting me to further my education. I never thought I would enjoy education as much as I currently am. Thank you!