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In the first of Merton Adult Education case studies, we recently spoke to Mavis Odame-Darkwa, one of our Adult Learners, who has progressed from a Level 1 Workskills qualification to a Level 3 Childcare qualification; fulfil her dream ambition of working in the childcare industry. 

"I enrolled on the Childcare Level 1 course in September 2016. I completed the qualification in December 2016 also gaining a Level 1 Workskills qualification. I managed all this whilst also juggling my family commitments with four children and doing some night shifts in a residential care home.

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Completing the Level 1 qualifications gave me the motivation to continue with my studies and to train further to work in childcare. I became more confident and managed to complete the Level 2 Certificate in Childcare in July 2017 after an intensive six months’ course for which I also had a weekly work placement in a nursery. I am very happy because I achieved all this despite having difficulties with writing and processing information.

On completion of my Level 2 studies, I realised that I needed to improve my IT skills in order to write more challenging assignments as expected on Level 3 courses. In September 2017, I enrolled on an IT course that I thoroughly enjoyed and which allowed me to become fully competent in word processing.

With strengthened confidence and a strong ambition to pursue my career in childcare, I will be completing the Level 3 Childcare in July 2018. I have worked very hard in my studies and have been on a 2-day work placement since September 2017.

I am very grateful for having had the chance to join the courses and ultimately want to open up my own nursery setting once I have gained more experience in the field."