Baby Jacob Has First Day At College

Wed, 2001-04-11 01:00

A group of childcare students were delighted when a very special little person popped into their lesson to help out with their course.

Jacob Williams and mum Amy visited the Level 3 Childcare lesson, at East Durham College’s campus in Peterlee, to help the students with the child development unit of their course which explores observation methods and the growth and development of babies and young children.

Amy, aged 23 from Peterlee, had previously studied childcare at the College and was thrilled to be able to help out the new crop of childcare students with her 19-week old son.

The 17 students involved studied Jacob’s reactions and posture.

College Lecturer Paula Kirton said: “This is the first opportunity the students have had to put into practice their academic knowledge of observation. They were also able to ask Amy questions about Jacob’s physical development and his care routines that they may not be privy to due to their role as a student in a vocational setting.”

Student Elly Kirton, aged 17 from Darlington, said: “I have really enjoyed our first observation session, it was really interesting and helpful.”

Sophie Garrett, aged 17 from Horden, added: “It was very useful because when I go on to a placement I will be able to observe and learn using the methods we have learned today.”

Amy will be bringing Jacob back to visit the class again in January so they can see how he has progressed and developed.