Rachel Rimmer

Early Childhood Studies

Rachel Rimmer

I was initially attracted to the course because Oxford Brookes has a good support network for students with disabilities and also has a great reputation within early years settings across Oxfordshire for work experience and academic studies I like living in Oxford as there is lots to do around the City and there is easy access to the town with regular bus services running

Prior to undertaking my Early Childhood Studies degree I was volunteering in various early years settings in order to find out my interests and to think about my future career. I decided to do this course to gain experience of working with children, families and other professionals in the early years sector.

I was initially attracted to the course because Oxford Brookes has a good support network for students with disabilities and also has a great reputation within early years settings across Oxfordshire for work experience and academic studies I like living in Oxford as there is lots to do around the City and there is easy access to the town with regular bus services running.

Now that I’m here at Brookes the best part about the course is the support we receive from academic advisors, Students Union and tutors. Furthermore, I am enjoying the various assessment styles, work experience placements and having tutors that are very experienced in the field of early years and education. Mary Wild has been a particularly helpful academic; she has taken into account my medical condition and the problems I face as a result of it. Mary has helped me with mitigating circumstances processes in order for me to get extensions on coursework. She has also put me in touch with the relevant people in financial support at the university.

Studying at Oxford Brookes has helped me build up my confidence as well as giving me the chance to act as a team leader during group presentations and team work which in turn has taught me to take into account other people’s views. Furthermore, Brookes has given me the opportunity to study for my modular degree part time.

During my time at Brookes I have become a course representative. This allows me to raise any issues or concerns the students on the course may have and also to help develop new ideas for the course in the future. Furthermore, on the course so far, I have become more aware of how to be a team player, how to use my initiative and how to communicate with children, families and professionals.

In the future I hope to continue my studies and specialise in play therapy; alternatively I may look at studying for an MA in Childhood Studies. Studying at Oxford Brookes has been a great experience so far and I would definitely recommend the University and the course to prospective students.