Kathleen Mc Fadden, BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Care and Education
Name: Kathleen Mc Fadden
School: Loreto Community School, Milford
Coming from a large family, I have always loved working with children. I knew from quite a young age that this was an area I wanted to study. I am a very creative and imaginative person, and I feel these are two key attributes of a successful early years practitioner. I am very independent and so in choosing a degree programme at IT Sligo, I was spreading my wings and moving away from home. However, I wouldn’t be too far from home which was important also.
Knowing that you can help shape the healthy development and learning of children aged 0-6 makes this degree particularly enjoyable. The ability to participate in two professional practice placements within reputable settings, allowed me the opportunity to put the theory I learnt in class into a real world work environment. This gave me a greater understanding of the work carried out within the sector.
The versatility of studying Early Childhood Care and Education at IT Sligo is what makes the course so special. The learning, skills and competencies this course provide, sets you up for numerous career choices. It really is a course that can be applied to many future careers with children. For those who wish to stay in the early years sector in Ireland, there are big changes coming with regards to pay and professional status. This is something very exciting to be a part of.
For me, IT Sligo has made it possible to pursue my dream career. Having finished my final year, I am now in Liverpool undertaking a teaching assistant role before completing my PGCE in Primary Education at Edge Hill University. The four years at IT Sligo have allowed me to take the next step towards the career I really want.
When you study a degree, you are surrounded by people who are also interested in the same area as you. You make friends so easily and quickly! Sligo will always be my second home. I have met some amazing people, both peers and lecturers, who I know I will keep in contact with forever. In Sligo, there is a real sense of community and that is what makes it a truly incredible place to study.
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