“The sense of achievement when I passed my first year was amazing and I got an enormous confidence boost.”

“After leaving school I spent more than 11 years working in the travel industry. However, everything changed when I had my little boy and realised that I really wanted to work in childcare, maybe supporting children with learning disabilities.

A few teacher friends recommended Edge Hill so I came along to the open day and was inspired by what I saw. The campus is modern and relaxed, yet you still feel you are coming to a university.

The course provides a natural progression from my current job as a nursery nurse to a degree course and then to a teaching qualification and a career. It has already made me better at what I do. Early years learning is the first point in a child’s education and this course has shown me what it takes to be a really good practitioner.

At first it was hard being a mature student. I wasn’t confident about fitting in or that I could cope academically, but I do. The support I have received from my tutors and other students has been amazing and everyone is so friendly.

I’ve had advice on writing to an academic standard, researching and managing my time which have all been really useful. The sense of achievement when I passed my first year was amazing and I got an enormous confidence boost.

If you have any doubts about starting this course or going to university – especially as a mature student – just remember that you aren’t alone. Everyone feels the same when they begin but there are people here to support you, and I know that some of them will be my friends for a very long time.”

To find out more about studying this programme, please view full course information for FdA Early Years Practice.