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Newly qualified staff at Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick. 'Sally Middleton, Louise Nixon, Karen Lowry and Sarah Davies'(Not used)

Newly qualified staff at Castlefields Infant School, Rastrick. 'Sally Middleton, Louise Nixon, Karen Lowry and Sarah Davies'(Not used)

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FOUR members of staff at a Rastrick school are celebrating after gaining their final qualifications.

Karen Lowry, senior years practitioner, at Castlefields Infant School, has just received the early years professional status, which is the equivalent to a teacher within the early years.

She has also just finished her BA honours in childhood studies. “Qualifying has re-enforced that what we have always done is right,” she said.

Her colleague Louise Nixon, an early years practitioner, has also just gained her BA honours in childhood studies and her early years professional status.

“It is definitely helped with my confidence. It has made me realise that I have developed and feel I want to become a deputy manager or a manager and further my career,” she said.

Sarah Davies and Sally Middleton, both early years practitioners at the school, have just completed their NVQ Level 3 in childcare.

The duo had to complete ten units and attended lectures. They were also observed by an examiner over 12 months.

Sally said: “It has helped my confidence in our roles as early years practitioners and it has developed my knowledge in childcare. We both have families at home so it has been quite hard juggling everything.”

Sarah said: “I feel I am more confident and that we are much stronger as a team.”

Karen and Louise received funding for the course from Children’s Workforce Development Council which has enabled the school to buy resources, send staff on further training and develop the environment for the youngsters.