Pop-Up Nursery provides hands-on experience for students

Visiting toddlers and babies provided hands-on experience for Care, Health and Early Years students at Cambridge Regional College when a pop-up nursery was organised by lecturers.

Parents and carers and their children came into the college for a special visit to give the students the opportunity to observe child development – with babies aged from three months enjoying the colourful temporary nursery.

While the Childcare students supported activities with the children, Health and Social Care students studied their behaviour – giving all the Care students the chance to benefit from the hands-on experience.

Mum Abi with six-month old baby Rueben Clarke

Lecturer Bridie Topple, head of Care, Health and Early Years programmes at the college, said it had been a fantastic experience for the students.

“It was wonderful to see the Childcare students interacting with the toddlers and babies so well, demonstrating their skills and putting the theory they have learned into practice,” she said. “The Health and Social Care students also had the chance to study the behaviour of the children, which will be provide essential observational evidence for their coursework.”

“Setting up a pop-up nursery in one of the classrooms gave them a great opportunity for hands-on experience with the children and we are very grateful to the parents and carers who helped us out.”

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