Nicola – Milan, Italy learning with MNT Training Ltd
Getting her staff trained on the CACHE Level 3 Children & Young People’s Workforce and studying her CACHE assessors qualification at the same time.
Nicola had previously studied with us here in the UK when working as a nanny and maternity nurse and some years later contacted us from Italy where she was managing a Kindergarten. Nicola had 4 members of staff who she wanted to get trained on the CACHE Level 3 CYPW (3 were English and 1 was Italian).
As it would have been difficult to arrange for all Nicola's members of staff to come to the UK for a placement, we came up with a novel solution! Nicola was already Level 3 qualified with several years early years experience, so she was able to become a trainee assessor for her own staff. Nicola enrolled on the CACHE assessor qualification (which studied entirely from Milan) and one of our own UK assessors 2nd line assessed (via our online e-portfolio system) all of Nicola's work until she qualified.
This has meant Nicola has been able to get all her staff enrolled on the CACHE Level 3 CYPW and has improved her own skills by studying the CACHE assessor qualification at the same time. All of this has been achieved without the requirement for her staff to come to the UK.
How beneficial has it been for you to gain your assessors qualification and act as the assessor for your staff?
"Gaining my assessors qualification has been something that I had wanted to do for a long time; being able to do it long distance has been fantastic for me, but it has also provided me with the opportunity to offer our staff members the option of gaining a qualification. Being an EMT (English Mother Tongue) school outside of the UK this would have otherwise proven difficult - but with MNT we have all been able to develop our skills and knowledge. It is great to be able to offer this type of training to staff. I have also benefitted greatly from ‘refreshing’ my knowledge and I feel it has improved my skills greatly in the workplace."
How has it benefitted your setting by having your staff study the Level 3 Diploma with MNT?
"It’s been really good for staff to have this opportunity and it has meant that we are able to offer higher positions to staff once they have qualified. It has been good for them to study together as they are able to support each other and share ideas. They are able to apply what they learn immediately and therefore our practice on the whole has improved. It is great for co-workers as they are able to ‘mentor’ the learners and that gives them confidence in themselves and their knowledge."
How have your staff enjoyed their Diploma studies to date?
"They are really enjoying the course and like the fact that what they are learning is able to be applied immediately. They enjoy being able to share what they are learning with each other."
Would it have been possible/realistic for your staff to achieve their Diplomas if they had been required to return to the UK for a period of time to undertake the practical assessments of the course?
"It would not have been impossible, but would have been impractical, and unlikely that they would have applied if they had had to go down this route. It has been a good experience for all of us and I feel that, seeing them every day, I am better able to assess them as I have a complete picture of their abilities though a wide range of activities."
Would you encourage other similar settings across the globe to follow the learning model you have adopted in Milan?
"Absolutely! This has been very beneficial to me, the girls personally and also the setting as a whole."
How have your experiences of studying with MNT been?
"I looked to MNT to do this course as I have a history of studying with them going back to 2008, and I have always found the staff to be extremely helpful and polite as well as experts in the field. They are always on hand to help should we have any queries and I would definitely be interested in doing other courses with them in the future."
Any further comments?
"Only that I cannot speak highly enough of MNT and the experience I have had with them. I’m really pleased that we were able to do our courses with them and that MNT could not have been more helpful in making it possible."