Rita White Rita White Early Years Education When I first trained to be a teacher, I trained as a primary teacher and spent my first two years of my career working with junior children. By chance, a nursery post came up and I ended up working there, which was my first opportunity to experience early years teaching. I immediately took to it! I like the philosophy and ethos of the early years, the way the children are allowed to work at their own pace and direct their own learning, it’s very much child-centred and it sits better with my values around education. Many of our staff have a wide range of experience, and some are still working in schools part-time. I think this really adds to the students’ understanding because they can then relate directly to the information provided. We also work very closely with a primary school, to work with children so the students can make links between the theory they’re learning and the practical environment. Our outdoor provision is also fantastic, we have staff who are trained in forest school teaching as well as an outside provider who comes to help out. We have two ponds and two beehives on campus, so students can use them to learn to make the best use of an outdoor space no matter what the provision is in the school setting.