Stephanie Drake studied Journalism and Media & Cultural studies at Kingston University, and from 2009 was in Korea teaching English with a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language.) She then undertook the Postgraduate Certificate in Early Years Practice and obtained Early Years Teacher status in 2014.
When she was teaching in Korea, Stephanie had the opportunity to work with children of all different ages from toddlers to teenagers. After finishing this, Stephanie wanted to return to the UK and seek more qualifications.
When speaking of the course she said:
"The most enjoyable thing was having placements which ran alongside the course. This meant you are able to apply what you are learning in practice."
She continued: "The most challenging thing was having to demonstrate skills in leadership and change management right from the beginning. I had to say well I know you're already 'outstanding' as a setting, but I still want to go ahead and make improvements."
Before completing the course, Stephanie was quickly offered a job as a senior nursery nurse and then soon after was offered her 'dream job' in Bangkok, Thailand. Here she has her own class of 16 children and is in charge of two teaching assistants and a nanny.
"All in all, the course has enabled me to pursue my passion of travelling and teaching - being able to work in a different part of the world, and gain valuable experience working with parents and children with EAL."
In terms of the advice, Stephanie would give those thinking about this qualification she said:
"If it's something you feel passionate about, go for it, but you need to get some experience with children first to check that you have the vocation and interest. "