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The Future’s Bright For Our Childcare Students

Kensington and Chelsea College’s childcare department is celebrating a triple success as it sends off 3 outstanding students to the University of their Choice.

3 learners from the CACHE EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR course, the new GOLD STANDARD level 3 which confers license to practice are going to study at the prestigious Roehampton institute – named the best modern university in London in The Sunday Times Good University Guide rankings 2015.

Kensington and Chelsea College has an excellent reputation in the early year’s sector with outstanding teaching and excellent relationships with nurseries all over London.

Chyna Labadie aged 17, took her level 2 in childcare here at the College and has now achieved her level 3.

I have decided to study a BA in education to get a rounded view on education, to study it from all perspectives before deciding which area to specialise in but probably primary. I have had a fabulous time at KCC I have made lots of friends and feel like I have really grown both as a person and a learner and am looking forward to the next stage.Chyna Labadie

Marina Goldstein aged 27; previous to taking her level 3 at the College had a career in media.

I wanted a complete change of career and was interested in the impact play can have on children after working as a volunteer with young people with special needs. Alongside my level 3 I have also been studying Play Therapy at Roehampton. It’s been a lot of work mixed with my placement and weekend work with children and young people with special needs but I now have the experience, my license to practice and an MA in play therapy to look forward to! Marina Goldstein


 The EYE level 3 was launched last September and Kensington and Chelsea College has been one of the first in London to experience it. Speaking about the course the tutor says:

The course is pitched at a much higher level and embraces topics which we haven’t taught at level 3 for years BUT it has been a very positive challenge and the quality of the students we have produced bears that out!



Life-changing Access to Higher Education Course

Life-changing Access to Higher Education Course

Former Construction Worker Swaps Hard Hat for Degree Cap Thanks to Life-changing Access Course

A former construction worker who left school without qualifications was among a group of adults who completed a life-changing course at Kensington and Chelsea College to bring their dream of going to university alive.

Brian Wood, 32, gained his shot at university after passing the college’s nationally renowned one-year Access to Higher Education Course.

The fast track course gives people who left education without the right qualifications a route into Higher Education. This year 80 graduating Access students secured places at various universities, including Russell group institutions such as Kings College and University College, London.

Brian decided to embark on a career in teaching after more than a decade working in construction.

‘When I began volunteering with a charity that helped children with special needs it made me think about more personally rewarding careers.’ said Brian. ‘I really enjoyed what I was doing with the charity. Children have an infectious sense of creativity and energy which I loved being around. A career in teaching felt like a natural step to me. It certainly makes a change from the worksite!’

However, it wasn’t until Brian discovered the Access Course that he gained the confidence and self-belief that he could gain a place at university and become a teacher.

Speaking about his return to education he added: ‘The Access Course gave me a second chance that I thought I’d never get. My tutors on the course have been inspiring, motivating and full of support. Without the course I’d never of had the confidence to pursue university.’

Brian is now looking forward to starting his Teaching Degree at Roehampton University.

Among the other success stories was former Restaurant Manager Rachid Hadibi who gave up the day job to pursue a career as a social worker.

Speaking about the Access course 45-year old Rachid said: ‘Although I had the equivalent of GCSEs I decided to go straight into work after school. I’ve done a lot of voluntary work with charities and have a real passion for social work so finally decided to pursue a career in it. The Access course at Kensington and Chelsea College gave me my route to university. It’s a brilliant way to get to university for those who haven’t got the traditional qualifications. It’s amazing what you can learn in one-year and how your life can change!’

The Access students were recognised for their achievements during a graduation ceremony at the college’s Wornington Centre where they were presented with certificates from established broadcast journalist and university lecturer Dr Vincent Magombe.

Heaping praise on the students Dr Magombe said: ‘It’s wonderful to be part of an event that is helping shape people’s lives. The students are a vibrant multi-cultural mix, full of ambition and they all thrive off each other. You can see they are like a family and I hope they continue those bonds they have made with each other for life.’

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Cake Sale Raises Dough For Charity!

A Big Thank You from Macmillan Cancer Support

Big hearted Kensington and Chelsea College students raised £200 for charity by selling tasty treats in support of a national fundraiser.

The childcare students raised the funds by selling home-made and store bought cakes at the college for Macmillan Cancer Support’s National Coffee Morning, which took place at the end of September.

Billed as ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, the event encouraged people across the UK to host coffee sessions to raise money for the charity.

Childcare tutor Tracie Fryer-Kanssen, who helped organise the event, said: ‘I’m really proud of the students’ efforts, and would like to thank everyone who contributed to helping us raise funds for Macmillan. It was a really lovely atmosphere, and great to see new students from different courses mingling and making friends at the cake sale.’

Have Your Cake And Eat It For Charity

Macmillan Cancer Support

Big hearted Kensington and Chelsea College students are laying on a sweet treat in support of a national fundraiser for a cancer charity.

The Childcare students will be selling home-made and store bought cakes for Macmillan Cancer Support’s National Coffee Morning, taking place on Friday September 28.

Billed as ‘The world’s Biggest Coffee Morning’, the event encourages people across the UK to host coffee sessions to raise money for the charity.

The students are encouraging people to visit their cake stand on Friday September 28 to buy a tasty treat to go with their coffee. All proceeds from the cake sale will go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The cakes are being sold from 11am at the College’s Chelsea Centre Canteen, in Hortensia Road, SW10 0QS.

Childcare tutor Tracie Fryer-Kanssen, who is helping organise the cake sale at the college, said: “The coffee morning is a great way to show support for the work being carried out by the charity as well, as raise vital funds. And with the cake and coffee morning taking place at the start of the new academic year, it’s also a really good way for new students to meet and get to know each other outside of class.”

The coffee morning campaign is Macmillan Cancer Support’s biggest fundraising event. Last year 51,000 people signed up to coffee morning, raising a record £10 million.


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Happiness Short-listed for Student Prize


Happiness comes from a large Nigerian family of 14 children. Because she was in the middle of her family, and a girl, she was not considered suitable for childhood education beyond the age of 13. She arrived in the UK several years ago to work as a nanny, as she has a natural gift with children, and eventually decided to try and gain a formal qualification. She began with a GCSE in English and a computer course, and then 2 years ago arrived at KCC to study for the Diploma in Child Care and Education.

Despite English being her second language and needing to work long hours outside college to pay for rent and food, she remains cheerful and highly motivated. She rarely misses a college class or her additional learning support. Her academic work is of a high standard and she takes any feedback with grace and thanks.

In the classroom she is quiet and gentle but will go out of her way to help others. At our recent OFSTED inspection she volunteered to speak to the inspectors and travelled across London especially to speak to them despite being shy she also agreed to appear in the introductory video shown by the Principal. Her placements – including staff, parents and children all love her, she has been offered a job in almost every one.

Happiness has had a hard start to life and continues to struggle to manage financially. She has managed to achieve an education despite this. She is a pleasure to teach and to be around, with children she is a natural …and she is always smiling!

We all wish her the best of luck and hope that she carries off the top prize of ?300 and a years free subscription to Nursery World magazine

Happiness Wins!

Happiness Brown

Happiness Brown from Kensington and Chelsea College is the winner of this year’s Heinemann and Nursery World Childcare Student of the Year Award. Happiness picked up her award at a presentation ceremony held at Heineman head office in Oxford.

Now in its seventh year, the Heinemann and Nursery World Childcare Student of the Year Award recognises excellence in the care and education of children and rewards high achieving students.

Nigerian born, Happiness arrived in the UK several years ago as a nanny. One of 13 children, Happiness finished her formal education back home at the age of 13 but her love of children motivated her to restart her studies at the age of 28. She has just completed her CACHE Diploma in Child Care and Education at Kensington and Chelsea College.

Anne Nelson, Chief Executive of Early Education presented the award to Happiness and praised all four finalists for their professionalism. She enthused, “It was a privilege to meet the students and I believe that any future employer will be fortunate to have them on their team.”

The judges, who included childcare expert and Heinemann author, Penny Tassoni, Nursery World editor, Liz Roberts, and Wendy Taylor, from the awarding body CACHE (Council for Awards in Children”s Care and Education), were looking for an outstanding student with a child-centred approach.

Each finalist was given a case study of a real-life situation and asked to report back to the judges on how they would tackle the issue posed to them. The judges felt that Happiness demonstrated an ability to put the children’s needs first and understand the requirements of children in relation to their age and stage. She had good insight into practice and the ability to understand a range of theory and how it relates to the real world.

Penny Tassoni said, “We were impressed by all four finalists and their ability to work at a high standard within the level of course they were doing. However, Happiness quietly stood out for her ability to combine theory with practical life situations. She had a very strong feel for the rights and needs of the child.” Beth Howard, Senior Publisher for Childcare at Heinemann added, “Happiness was very intuitive with a deep understanding of how to respond to the needs of the child – it was almost as if she was born to do it!”

Happiness received a certificate along with a free year’s subscription to Nursery World and cheque from Heinemann for ?300. Kensington and Chelsea College also received a ?300 Heinemann voucher.

Delighted to receive the award, Happiness said, “It’s been an amazing journey, I love children and was eager to study and find out how I could make a positive contribution to the development of their formative years.”

Equally as delighted was Angela Yates, Curriculum Leader for Childcare at Kensington and Chelsea College, “Happiness has been a pleasure to teach and to be around she has worked extremely hard to get where she has and is very deserving of the award. She has had a difficult start in life but this hasn’t dampened her spirits – with children she is a natural and she is always smiling!” she says. Asked how she was going to spend her ?300, Happiness said, “I am going to send ?100 to a friend who is setting up a nursery in Nigeria and the rest I will spend on a party.”