Bishop Burton’s Child Care learners’ experience on-programme, and in particular their extensive placement training in a wide range of care settings, has given them a clear and comprehensive understanding of issues around equality and diversity and safeguarding… and an empathy with the circumstances in which children find themselves on a national and global level. They recognise that a little goes a long way.

This year has seen our Child Care learners again embarking on their annual fund-raising campaign, making more than £300 to date for a variety of children’s causes, including Children in Need, Wear Red for Valentine’s Day (for the NSPCC), and Comic Relief. In doing so,  they have demonstrated range of enterprise skills and gained valuable tools to take forward into their working lives.

Fund-raising projects required teamwork, effective communication, initiative in generating and developing ideas, product and service design, organising and planning – all underpinned by a can-do attitude and a firm commitment to making children’s lives a little better.

Activities included learners being ‘tied together’ for the day, dressing up in a variety of attention-grabbing costumes, and making a range of items to sell around the College, including biscuits, sweets, bookmarks, bracelets and calendars. These are truly learner-generated initiatives, and it is the girls themselves who best explain the incentives behind their enterprising schemes:

‘It is good to support a lot of different charities and do something worthwhile’

‘We like making other courses aware of children who need help and support’

‘We can have fun dressing up and we raised money at the same time’

‘It was fun and entertaining and made money for good causes’

And, of course

‘I got to come to College in my pyjamas!’

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