Young Carer achieves qualification to realise her ambitions

From a young age Chelsea Algate from Dinas, Rhondda had set her sights on a career in childcare and on leaving school she decided to enrol at college. She visited an open day at Coleg y Cymoedd’s Rhondda campus, and was delighted with the support offered to her, as a learner and young carer for her mum.

Chelsea enrolled on the Level 1 Childcare course and has never looked back. She found the course extremely interesting, providing the background to the practical aspect of the childcare course, including topics such as growth and development.

From the first day at Coleg y Cymoedd, Chelsea felt welcomed by the tutors and fellow learners and made many new friends, which helped her settle quickly on the course. Throughout the course, the tutors encouraged her to reach her full potential, gaining confidence in her academic work and also in seeking advice and support when she needed it.

Speaking about her three years at Coleg y Cymoedd, Chelsea now aged 19 years said” Studying at Coleg y Cymoedd has impacted on my life in a good way as it has made me a more confident person. I have thoroughly enjoyed studying, the placements and making good friends – for life.

Caring for my mum and completing my assignments has been challenging at times, but with the support and understanding of everyone at the college I was able to complete the Levels 1, 2, and 3 Childcare courses, gaining many qualifications and certificates.

I’m currently enjoying my employment, caring for elderly people and in the future, with my Childcare qualifications; I hope to achieve my ambition to work with children.

I would definitely recommend Coleg y Cymoedd and the Childcare courses. When I enrolled at the college three years ago, I didn’t think I would achieve the Level 3 qualification –but you don’t know what you are capable of until you try, and I’m so glad that I did!!

Congratulating Chelsea, Cymoedd’s Carers Champion, Laura Wilson said “The college actively supports Young Carers who have caring responsibilities which can impact on their learning. I am delighted to see Chelsea achieve her Level 3 Childcare qualification and gain employment. On behalf of the college we wish her every success.”

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