Olivia Seward

Olivia Seward

Biography

Why did you choose to come to Petroc?
I did my GCSEs at GTS, and had to decide what to do next. Petroc offered the Children’s Play, Learning & Development course that I thought sounded good.

And what made you pick this particular course?
I have always been told I am good with children, and I enjoyed babysitting and looking after them. I wasn’t sure what else to do, so after finding the course on the Petroc website, I applied and got a place. It turned out that I really enjoy working with children, so it worked out well!

Which elements of your course do you particularly enjoy?
The work placements have been the best part of the course. We had to complete 750hrs over the two year course.
That meant doing three weeks in college, then three weeks in a placement. You do it in three age groups: 0 to 2 years, 2 to 4 years, and 5 to 8 years old. And then choose your favourite area to do the rest of your hours. In my second year, we did six weeks in college and six weeks in our placement.
My favourite age group is the 5 to 8 year olds. My placement for this age group was at Our Lady’s Primary School in Barnstaple and I loved it! There is structure in their days which I like, with less play and more lessons, it’s a different level of learning.

What have been the highlights so far?
The highlights for me are when I’m teaching a child something, and suddenly they just get it! They feel a real sense of achievement, and so do I!

What do you plan to do when you leave college?
I have been offered a place on the Psychology in Education Degree at Bristol University. I decided that although I want to be a teacher, I don’t want my degree to be limited to that one area, I want a back up! Psychology is a really interesting area of study, particularly with children.

What’s the long-term plan?
The long term plan is University for three years, PGCE for one year, then become a Newly Qualified Teacher. After that, who knows!

COURSE(S) STUDIED

Level 3 Children’s Play, Learning & Development

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“The highlights for me are when I’m teaching a child something, and suddenly they just get it! They feel a real sense of achievement, and so do I!”