Becoming an Early Years Teacher
I cannot speak highly enough of my time training at Brookhill Nursery within BEYA. All staff were welcoming, knowledgeable and happy to assist me whenever I needed it. Kelly Brooker (my mentor) allowed me to grow as a teacher, ensuring I always knew my next targets but also encouraging me, supporting me and praising my growth and efforts. No question is too small, ideas and thoughts are truly considered and I was made to feel a part of the team from the beginning. Now working within BEYA as an Early Years Teacher, I am able to put everything I have learnt over the last year into practise and I am thoroughly enjoying being part of such a child focused, committed team. BEYA’s ethos is something the whole staff team truly reflects and it is something I am proud to be a part of.
My route to BEYA was not a typical or straight forward one. I had a business degree and no prior experience with children. When I applied for an Apprenticeship at Brookhill they suggested that instead of an apprenticeship, I would be better on the Early Years Teacher course and I can honestly say from the bottom of my heart it was the best decision that could have been made. I am at St. Margaret's Nursery School and the team there are fantastic. Along with them, there are weekly meetings with my mentor to help keep me on track. My one day at uni is also filled with great lecturers and students to help support me and my learning.
Undertaking my Early Years Teacher with BEYA has been such a positive experience. The constant support and guidance from a brilliant & knowledgeable mentor as well as working and learning from an experienced & dedicated team is a constant source of motivation and inspiration. Also, I cannot underestimate the benefit of learning alongside other dedicated students who act as a support network which all makes for a supportive, stimulating learning environment.
The first time I visited a BEYA nursery school and met their staff I knew it was where I wanted to train to become an Early Years Teacher. I hoped to train under inspiring leaders and alongside dedicated staff in an environment where the children's voices were truly respected. As a mother of two young children I knew what I was looking for and I have not been disappointed. Choosing the Schools Direct route has allowed me to feel part of a team and a wider community from a very early stage. I feel there is a good balance between the time I spend learning alongside the children and non-contact time in which I am able to focus on the academic requirements of the course. Though the course is very self-directed, my school and university mentors have been very supportive and I am excited to have the opportunity to complete my training under their guidance.
I chose to do the schools direct Early Years Teacher Training with BEYA, and I am so happy with my decision. I have now nearly completed my first term at Brookhill Nursery School, and have already gained so much experience and developed knowledge of teaching in the early years. There are a group of students at BEYA across the 3 nurseries, who act as a strong support network. Also, we receive a high level of support and training from our mentor. I highly recommend doing your Early Years Teaching Training at BEYA; you will be working alongside excellent Early Years Practitioners, be supported throughout and gain a vast amount of experience to prepare you for the role.
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