Swedish Students Visit KCC

Theresa Christiansson, Verna Lyus and Frida Gyllinge

Students Share Childcare Knowledge As College’s International Links Flourish

Kensington and Chelsea College’s international links continued to flourish as two Swedish students met their British counterparts during a recent college visit.

The Swedish childcare students spent a week with Kensington and Chelsea College’s childcare team, paving the way for an exchange of ideas and discussions around international childcare practices.

Theresa Christiansson and Frida Gyllinge, from Marks Kommun College in Sweden, took part in childcare lessons at the college, toured the campuses and visited a local children’s centre. A sight-seeing trip to Buckingham Palace and visit to the Science Museum was also on the activity packed agenda.

The Swedish visit is due to be followed by an exchange trip between tutors of both colleges. As a result of growing international links, plans are now underway to send Kensington and Chelsea College childcare students to Sweden under a developing student exchange programme.

Frida, who was visiting London for the first time, said: ‘I really enjoyed spending time at the children’s centre as we don’t have them in our part of Sweden. I found the centre quite amazing as it had sensory rooms and lots of interactive elements for the children.’

‘It was also interesting to see the different approaches to early years learning in the two countries. In the UK there seems to be a stronger academic focus on things like reading and writing from a really young age. In Sweden it tends to be learn by play in the younger years.’

Verna Lyus, Head of Childcare at the college, said: ‘The visit was a brilliant opportunity to share and exchange experiences between students of both countries. It provided a platform for looking at things from a different perspective and discussing new ideas.’

‘We enjoyed having Frida and Theresa at the college and hope to send our own students to Sweden soon!’