Are you or will you have to gain a qualification to meet your SSSC registration? Debbie Barclay, an Assistant Play Worker at the Out of School Care Service in Inverclyde tells us about the challenges she faced recently when undertaking a qualification.
Inverclydeâ€™s Out of School Care Service offers many opportunities for children. They have the chance to engage in lots of fun packed activities including den building, arts and crafts, baking, physical activities, construction as well as the chance to meet new friends.
I have always enjoyed helping and looking after children from a young age. This helped me decide on working in early years as a career. Before starting working in an early years setting I gained a Classroom Assistant and Intermediate Children and Education qualification to gain some knowledge of the sector.
I recently completed the SVQ level 2 in Playwork through Enterprise Childcare. It took me two and a half years to complete it. At the start I never knew what to do or what was expected and I struggled a bit but once I got the hang of it, it was fine.
Since completing the qualification I feel I am more confident in carrying out my work in my current role. I also feel more confident when answering questions from the Care Inspectorate when they inspect the service. If you are about to undertake a qualification donâ€™t worry, once you get the hang of it you will fly through it.
A career in early years
If you are thinking about a career in early years I would say to go for it! The job is rewarding and you can learn so much about different things and it is so enjoyable.
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