Early Childhood Studies BA (Hons) and MA graduate Monique Mccurdy talks through her university experience and London life as a postgraduate student.
Can you tell us a bit about your educational background and what led you to choose London and London Met?
After completing my GCSEs, I went on to complete NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. When looking for a university, I chose London Met based on the lecturer’s profile regarding their experience within the field. I graduated from London Met in 2017 with an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Studies and went on to do my postgraduate study here too.
Did you start your course in January? If so, can you tell us a bit more about your decision and how the joining experience was?
I started both my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in January which I found convenient. We had a smaller class, which meant it was easier to get the help and support that we needed from our lecturers.
Do you have any highlights?
My highlights were my actual achievements of completing my two degrees and the relationships I formed since doing so.
What made it an especially valuable degree?
I really enjoyed the inclusive learning environment and the knowledge I have obtained since completing both degrees.
Have you had any work or industry experience as part of the degree – can you give us more details?
Before my degree, I worked within the childcare industry for over 10 years and as part of my course, I completed a placement at different nursery settings which gave me a broader view of the industry.
What are the lecturers and facilities like?
The lectures were very detailed, especially the Weblearn online facilities that supported us with lots of books and journals that were useful for our subject.
Do you have a favourite piece of equipment or facility that supported your course here?
My favourite place was the library, especially the quiet zone, which meant that I can sit there and complete my assignments without any disturbance.
What are your career plans?
After completing my first degree, I decided to pursue my dream to open my own nursery. In July 2017, I managed to obtain my registration from the Office for Standard in Education (Ofsted) to be an independent nursery provider. The knowledge I obtained during my first degree supported me in gaining a deeper understanding to child development and how to support babies and children within the early years. I also had the opportunity to learn about areas such as the theoretical underpinnings of child development, leadership and some of the political context that affects early childhood. As part of the Ofsted registration process, it was fundamental for candidates to have a sound knowledge on some of these topics which prepared me to be successful in reaching this far. During my studies, I also had opportunities to meet with my course leaders for help and advice in regards to setting up my own nursery gave me a lot of confidence and assurance to reach my goal.
Any advice for new students?
My advice to new students would be to make sure that you set time aside every day/week where you can study your subject in detail and of course don’t leave your assignments to the last minute.
Did anything surprise you about the Uni?
Just how diverse it was, which was very encouraging.