A childcare student at Kensington and Chelsea College has been named as CACHE’s Learner of the Year. Bethany Arthey, aged 19 from Croydon, received the award at CACHE’s national conference in London last week. She is currently studying the Level 2 Certificate in Early Years Education and Care at the College’s Chelsea centre in Hortensia Road.
Before coming to College, Bethany had to cope with a challenging childhood, moving around the UK and being enrolled in a Pupil Referral Unit. Despite being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia, she completed her GCSEs, but an unfulfilling job in retail prompted her to return to College.
“I had to re-do my Maths and English – and I come from a big family and really enjoy looking after children, so I chose this course,” says Bethany. “Some of the other girls on the course are younger than me, but they’ve been lovely and so are the tutors.”
The best thing about the course for Bethany is being able to study three days a week and then apply what she learns to a placement in a nursery in Hammersmith on the remaining two days.
“I probably wouldn’t have been ready for this course when I left school three years ago, but I’m ready now,” she comments. The College is delighted with Bethany’s success. Tracie Fryer-Kanssen, Curriculum Manager, says she saw a “spark of fabulousness” in Bethany when interviewing her for a place at College, and Suzzanne Warwick-Barron, the course tutor, has praised her as a “caring, supportive and determined student”.
Bethany is planning to move on to Level 3 once she has completed her current course. “After my studies, I’d like to work in something to do with family law and abused children,” she says.