Multi-Tasker Wins Award

Kate Bostock has recently been presented with the Student Award for Childcare at East Durham College.

Kate, aged 23 from Thornley, will soon complete her Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, the equivalent to 3 A-Levels, and is currently applying for a place on the 2-year Foundation Degree in Education and Care at the College.

Paula Kirton, a College Lecturer in Care & Early Years, said: “All the team have commented on Kate’s enthusiasm and motivation on the course. This is quite an academic course and when she enrolled, 2 years ago, Kate was predicted an E grade but through hard work and determination she is now on target for a B.”

On top of her Diploma course and being a mum to 2 year old Caitlyn, Kate has also managed to juggle taking a Level 1 Award in British Sign Language and a Sports Day Award which involves teaching nursery aged children PE and fun fitness activities.

Paula went on to explain: “I’m so impressed with how hard Kate works. As part of the course Kate also does a work placement 2 days a week and we have received very high praise from employers, which is fantastic when we know how busy they are but they made time to email in and tell us about how well Kate was doing. She’s a delight to teach.”

Kate added: “I have really enjoyed the challenge of all the courses and training I’ve done. After I finish all my qualifications and have the necessary experience I’d love to set up my own childminding business or manage a nursery.”

At the short prize giving ceremony Fred Harrison, Assistant Principal, added: “These awards are not just about recognising academic excellence but also about celebrating student endeavour and commitment, whether that’s a student helping or inspiring others or simply working as hard as they can. All these students are shining examples of that.”