The annual event, called “Celebrating Success”, was held at the Hawker Centre in North Kingston over the evenings of 16 and 17 September and was held in recognition of the commitment of members of the Early Years and Childcare Workforce who have completed qualifications training during the last academic year.
Kingston College works closely with the Royal Borough of Kingston to support the learning of workers in this area and around 200 students have achieved qualifications at Kingston College over the past year.
Jo Dallal, Head of Early Years and Counselling at Kingston College, said: “This exciting event was a way of showing our learners how closely the Borough and the College work together and a way of celebrating their hard work and commitment to their profession.
“Several of the College’s students have returned to us, having achieved their first qualification with us. The College is able to deliver childcare courses from Level 1 to Level 5. The opportunity is then available to complete a Level 6 BA (Hons) at Kingston University.
Neil Blumsom, Workforce Development Officer at RBK’s Early Years and Childcare Service Learning and Children’s Services, added: “The event is really about recognising the workers’ commitment to improving the lives of children in Kingston. Kingston College is one of our strongest partners in ensuring that our learners achieve qualifications in childcare.”
Duncan Clarke, Interim Director for Learning and Children’s Services at RBK, presented the awards at the ceremony.
On 16 September, the event celebrated members of the Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) workforce, including staff from private day nurseries, pre-schools, crèches, out of school settings and childminders. The following evening was for members of the Royal Borough of Kingston workforce such as classroom assistants, school support staff, family support workers, foster carers and members of the council workforce who support them.