Future early childhood educators share their journey in the bachelor’s programme

Raihanasaida Ikbal Abbassi from Qatar and Esther Ulau Robin from Miri, Sarawak, both Year 1 students in the Bachelor’s in Early Years Education programme at the University of Greenwich, share their experiences and insights into the field of early years education. With a passion for education and working with young children, both students are eager to share their current programme experience. 

Both Raihanasaida and Esther explain that their motivation for studying early childhood education stems from their family backgrounds and personal interests in child development. So far in the programme, their favourite subjects have been Engaging Play and Understanding and Managing Children’s Behaviours, which provide a new perspective on comprehending the wonders of childhood. 

Aside from academic learning, both students emphasise the value of practical experience in the field, calling it invaluable. Both intend to further their education and qualifications, particularly in the field of special needs. 

Investing in early childhood education and care can have a significant impact on a child’s later success in life, according to an OECD report. According to the report, children who received high-quality early education were more likely to complete high school, attend university, and have better future job prospects. 

Furthermore, the demand for qualified early childhood educators is increasing. According to a Global Industry Analysts report, the global market for early childhood education is expected to reach US$480 billion by 2025, driven by rising demand for high-quality preschool education and an increase in the number of working parents. 

Individuals interested in child development and education will find the Bachelor’s in Early Years Education programme to be a rewarding experience. The program’s practical experience prepares students to make a positive difference in the lives of young children and opens doors to various career paths in the field. 

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