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Childcare Visit Sweden for Work Placements

Posted: 19th June 2015

Five Children and Young Peoples Workforce students have recently returned from an inspirational two week international work placement in Linköping, Sweden.

Students had the opportunity to work in several nurseries and pre-schools, gaining knowledge of the Swedish childcare systems. Students sang in Swedish with the children and participated in a number of outdoor learning activities; a key element of Swedish education. The trip provided students a holistic understanding of their chosen vocation, which complemented their learning in the UK.

Students Emma Wainer and Shelley Cumbor who both worked in pre-schools describe their experience, “I loved every minute of being in Sweden! It was such a great experience and I would love to go back to live and work. This will definitely benefit my future as it has developed several of my skills such as confidence and team-work, which are essential when working with children. Sweden is an amazing country and I am just so grateful for the opportunity!”

The project called TRADES 4 (Training and Development of Employability Skills) is funded through the European Union’s Leonardo da Vinci programme.

Curriculum Head for Childcare, Tina Harrison reflects on the visit, “This has been a life changing experience for our students enabling them to develop many new skills. Through their work placement in Sweden they all had significant accomplishments along the way.  On returning the students have identified how this experience has had a huge positive impact on their professional career as childcare practitioners.”

Students prepared for the trip through a training programme developed through the MOBILE project, (Mobility in Learning in Europe – www.mobilityinlearning.eu), and shared that this pre-departure preparation was vital to their comfort and success in living and working in another country.

Such visits enable students to gain global employability skills, understand what it means to be a European citizen and develop invaluable personal and transferrable skills that will benefit them for years to come.