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amieName: Amie
Course: FdA Early Childhood

Amie had been interested in studying a degree for a number of years, but nothing ever seemed to fit around other areas of her life. As a full-time, working parent in a local primary school, Amie chose to study the Early Childhood Foundation Degree at Warwick University as it allowed her the flexibility to juggle full-time work, family life and returning to study, attending classes one afternoon per week.

“The small amount of time required to be spent in lectures really enabled me to better myself alongside all my other commitments, it gave me the freedom to do something for myself.” She says. “The six Saturday workshops throughout the year were sometimes hard going after working a full week, but were a small price to pay upon reflection for the qualification I have now achieved.”

“Though leaving my partner and son dozing in bed on a Saturday morning at the time wasn’t easy I assure you!”

Not only has the degree helped Amie to deepen her understandings of policy and practice and how it reflects in working with children, but it has also enabled her to develop within her role as an early year’s practitioner. Amie now helps to run a Boxall Nurture group at the school for children with social and emotional needs, as opposed to just working solely in the classroom.

“This desire was very much triggered by my time spent studying and finding out what really made me passionate.”

During her final year of the Early Childhood Foundation degree, Amie received the exciting news that she was pregnant with her second child, due in September 2019.

“I have received fantastic support during my time studying, I have been lucky to have a fantastic personal tutor in Rachel Strisino, who has been a particular pillar of support since becoming pregnant in my third year with my second child. She never doubted me for one moment, and kept me going with encouragement when I needed it most.”

Amie, started studying modules towards the top-up degree in Early Childhood in the third trimester of her pregnancy, a one year programme which will award her with a full BA (Hons) Degree. She has already submitted one essay and started work towards her dissertation.

“It is hard work, and I do sometimes question why I am putting myself through more studying with a new baby due in September and a four-year-old son. However, I am lucky to be with close friends made on the foundation degree and to have the support of fantastic lecturers to help me through. I know I can do it, and I would advise anyone looking to do something similar to consider Warwick, I’m so glad I did.”