Early Years student shortlisted in national essay competition

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A University Centre Weston (UCW) student has narrowly missed out on winning a national essay competition.

Jeannette Walker, who studies on the Foundation Degree in Early Years at UCW, wrote a 3,000-word essay on the importance of personal, social, emotional, linguistic and physical development in childhood as part of her course.

Her lecturer Mark Wilkins then submitted the work to a competition run by the Sector-Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years Professional Association (SEFDEY).

Jeannette’s essay was highly commended by judges, and she was invited to the annual SEFDEY conference in Birmingham to collect her certificate and meet prominent academics in the sector including Stella Louis and Jenny Musgrave.

She said: “I was overwhelmed when I found out my essay had been chosen as a runner-up, and I had a great time attending the conference in Birmingham.

“I’ve really enjoyed studying for my degree because of the supportive and enthusiastic students and tutors at UCW, and because of the new and wonderful study environment on offer at the Winter Gardens.”

Mark added: “Jeannette came back brimming with excitement and spoke to the rest of the group to encourage them to attend the next conference.

“The students see themselves as commentators on the national early years education sector now, which is superb.”

Embedding theory into practice is central to studying early years education at UCW, and Jeannette works alongside her studies for Portage, which is a home education programme for pre-school children with additional needs.

She is also a consultant for charity The Promise, which supports the training and delivery of Portage in Russian orphanages.

Please click here to find out more about the early years education courses on offer at UCW, which are delivered in partnership with Bath Spa University.