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Have you ever thought about a career in Early Years?

The Early Years Sector is a rewarding and vitally important sector which needs high quality staff at all levels. There are many exciting career options available, whether you are looking to work full-time, part-time or on a voluntary basis, with plenty of opportunities for training and progression.

If you have enthusiasm and enjoy working with young children and want to play a key role in supporting children’s learning and development, this could be the career for you.

The Early Years and Childcare Service can provide you with information about the different roles within early years, qualifications and training pathways and where to look for the latest jobs.

Contact us for a copy of our ‘Working in early years and childcare’ booklet  which has been designed to help you to make a more informed choice about your career options so that you feel confident about what steps to take next.

For Information on jobs, qualifications and training routes visit: www.devon.gov.uk/eycs, email: natalie.elston@devon.gov.uk or phone: 01392 385398.

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Merry Christmas!

Hope you had an amazing Christmas!!  It was our first in a house with lovely big fireplaces, so we were able to really get into the Father Christmas thing!!

Here in Devon, a few towns have the unusual tradition of getting locals in fancy dress to run into the sea on either Christmas or Boxing Day.  I didn’t brave it this year, but did it for the first time last year – here’s a picture!

boxingday

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Creative Writing

Since starting this blog last year, I’ve discovered that I love to write.  I still have a lot to learn, but blogging on a regular basis is giving me lots of practice and I can feel my writing developing all the time.  I have been thinking about taking a creative writing course, but have been a little reluctant because I don’t really have any ideas to write about.  So when this course popped up on my Facebook news feed the other day, I couldn’t believe my luck.  It’s a one off “life writing” course about putting your memories onto paper.  Two of my favourite books are The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson and Boy by Roald Dahl, both are autobiographies about their childhoods, and they tell such lovely stories in them, I’d love to be able do the same about my own childhood memories.

This course is run by one of my favourite authors, Sophie Duffy.  Sophie has written two great books – The Generation Game and This Holey Life, both of which I have read over and over.  Sophie is one of three authors who have set up Creative Writing Matters, an Exeter based group running courses and workshops on all aspects of writing, including supporting people who are entering competitions, and providing a mentoring service.  Sophie has previously written a guest post for the OPSW blog about becoming a writer, which you can read here.

If you love to read, you should also check out The Reading Room, who run day courses at a beautiful country house on Dartmoor.

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