Level 3 Pembrokeshire College Childcare and Health and Social Care students recently participated at the Skills Wales Finals held in Coleg Menai in Anglesey.
Activities within the competition included a two-hour task to create a wall display based on a nursey rhyme of their choice and plan a literacy or numeracy activity; a ninety-minute task to develop an animal themed small world play and activities for each learning area of the Foundation Phase; forty-five minutes to design a language resource for a child who spoke Polish and finally a forty-minute task to complete and create nutritious menus. Health and Social Care students were tasked with completing a morning routine for a stroke patient (including personal care, medication and feeding.)
The intensity of the competition was no match for childcare student Lisa Phillips who walked away with Gold. Lisa expressed her shock and excitement when she heard that she had achieved first place; “The competition was challenging but I really enjoyed every minute of it. I am still in shock with achieving first place, I just remember saying ‘How did that happen?’ Competing has really boosted my confidence and enhanced my skills. I would just like to say to anyone who’s considering competing in any competition just go for it, you never know what can happen!”
Childcare students; Amber Ashworth, Jess Christopher and Health and Social Care students; Rowanne Bacon and Saskia Thomas achieved Top 12 for Wales and were over the moon with their accomplishment.
Amber explained, “This competition has really boosted my communication and social skills. I really would like to work with primary school children who have behavioural issues when I finish my course and this competition has given me the confidence to prove I can achieve anything!”
Jess also agreed that the competition has allowed her confidence to grow; “I’m so proud of myself and this competition has allowed us to meet so many other students.”
Tracey Saunders and Tara Rees Childcare Lecturers was very proud of the students; “We are so proud of the learners who were ranked in the top 12 and competed in the Skills Wales final. We are delighted for Lisa winning gold. The learners were a credit to Pembrokeshire College, showing commitment and dedication towards their studies and demonstrating a high standard of professionalism throughout the competition.”
Claire Steel Health and Social Care lecturer was also very pleased with the students professionalism and performance and said; “What an achievement! The manager of the dementia unit in Anglesey who was one of the judges, personally told me that she would employ Rowanne and Saskia if they ever wanted a job!”