Jun 30, 2011

Nelson and Colne College is celebrating after one of its talented and dedicated students, Anna Romanska, who is studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, has been shortlisted for the national Heinemann and Nursery World Child Care Student of the Year Award, a competition organised by Pearson Education Limited.


Well done Anna!

Anna, who is 26 and originally from Poland has previously studied for a level 2 Diploma in Child Care and Education at the College, and despite having only arrived in England shortly before she began the programme, with English as her second language, she gained an A and impressed her tutors early on. With a three year old son, Anna juggles her College work alongside caring for him and her tutors say that they never need to ask her to catch up on work. Anna said “I was really surprised when Carol said that she wanted to put me forward for the award, but pleased too because if I do win, I’ll receive a free subscription to Nursery World magazine, which really helps with my studies. I was shocked to find out that I had been shortlisted from nominees across the UK – it is a real honour!”

Criteria for the competition is stringent and following short listing, Anna must submit a piece of written work which demonstrates her ability to work with children and evaluate her own practise. Anna will then travel to Oxford, where she will be judged in the grand finals by Liz Roberts, Editor of Nursery World magazine; Penny Tassoni, popular child care Author and Virginia Carter, Heinemann’s Commissioning Editor for child care. The winning student will receive a cheque for £350 and a year’s free subscription to Nursery World magazine. The winning college will get £350 of Heinemann vouchers. The three runner-ups will each receive a cheque for a £100 and their colleges will receive £100 of Heinemann vouchers.

Anna’s tutor, Carol Dobson put her forward for this prestigious award and said “Anna has been an exemplary student on the Child Care and Education course, she has an exceptional work ethic and a real thirst for knowledge meaning that she gained a well deserved grade A in her first year. In her practical placements she has always been outstanding; using her first language, Polish, to help the nurseries to work effectively with parents and help the young children to get the most out of their nursery experience. Her placement supervisors have said that her practice and enthusiasm when working in the classroom is inspirational! It is all of these things which prompted me to put forward Anna for the Child Care student of the Year award, as she is already a winner in the eyes of the College!”