Aspiring Early Years Practitioner awarded Learner of the Year by CACHE

Michael Fozard, an aspiring Early Years practitioner and learner at Calderdale College, has been awarded the CACHE Learner of the Year 2019 award.

A mature student, Michael has been studying CACHE Early Years qualifications for the past 5 years.

Michael is an inspiring and determined individual who had a clear career path in mind when he started college, aiming to enter the Early Years Workforce.

Michael has not only developed academically over the years but has blossomed as a person with increasing levels of confidence. He has progressed from the Entry Level Certificate in Caring for Children, to Level 1 and 2 qualifications, and  finally to the Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care (Early Years Educator).

Not letting his Asperger’s hinder his studies, Michael is predicted to achieve a B grade overall, which is an excellent achievement. He is currently completing his Early Years placement which has provided him with the opportunity to put theory into practice and boost his confidence.

Michael said: “The Level 3 Diploma has massively helped me understand how to become a good Early Years Practitioner and allowed me to gain valuable experience of working with children of different ages, as well as practitioners already experienced in this field. I’ve had the opportunity to gain insight into the working environment by learning about working within a nursery or school setting and how the needs of children in both settings differentiate from each other.”

As Michael has progressed through the levels of Early Years courses he has gained more confidence in his ability to reach his career goals

Sara Smith, Early Years tutor at Calderdale College, commented: “Michael’s journey at the College has seen Michael progress through the levels of Early Years courses gaining more confidence in his ability to reach his career goals, not only through gaining the knowledge and understanding that each level has given him, but also through his determination and willingness to want to learn and achieve.”

The next step for Michael is to look for a job within a nursery setting. He has a role lined up but until then he hopes to get involved in as many work experience opportunities as possible. Michael believes that the Level 3 qualification and the support from Calderdale College has massively helped him to build his career.

“Winning the CACHE Learner of the Year award was an extremely proud moment for me.”

Michael describes winning the award as his favourite moment during his time at college and said: “It’s amazing to know that my tutors were impressed by my achievements and nominated me for the award. Winning the Learner of the Year award was an extremely proud moment for me.”

Sara added: “Michael is an inspiration and this award is recognition for all the years of hard work and commitment he has given to his education.”

Julie Hyde, CACHE Director, commented: “We received many nominations for the Learner of the Year award this year, all of which we felt were worthy winners. However, Michael’s nomination stood out to us and was inspiring to read, he is a fantastic example of a student with great aspirations and the determination to achieve. We were delighted to present Michael with his award at the recent CACHE conference and we look forward to hearing about his future successes, I’m sure he will be a great asset to the sector.”

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