Yasmin Mukadam Yasmin Mukadam Early years education When I left school, I was looking for a career that would excite and interest me, and I looked at becoming a teacher, so it’s been of interest from a very young age. I worked in early years settings, at schools and nurseries and I now work with students in training and development roles here at Kingston and St George’s. It’s always been a passion of mine to support the learning process for children, because I can see the benefits it has in those particular five years of their lives, building the foundation of knowledge for the future in school and their adult years. Part of my role as a senior lecturer is being the liaison officer, so I work very closely with our partner colleges to ensure the quality of our programmes. I also visit students in each of our nine colleges and they give very honest feedback about their experience on the foundation degree programmes, and it’s mostly constructive and very positive. Students are very pleased with the content of the course they’ve applied for, because they’re work-based learners so they’re able to immediately apply what they’re learning into their workplace, so the feedback is around enhancement of knowledge, a better understanding of their professional roles and a deeper level of skills in aspects like child protection, ethics, child development, curriculum and assessment.