Toddler experience for pupils

Pupils from Thomas Clarkson who have done their teens to tots training.
Pupils from Thomas Clarkson who have done their teens to tots training.

A GROUP of students have been recognised for their dedication to a programme designed to develop their understanding of what life would be like caring for a toddler.

The 16 students from Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech, who are aged between 14 and 15, went to local children’s nurseries to work with toddlers.

They graduated with an Accredited National Award (NCFE) and were recognised with their achievement at a special presentation evening last Tuesday.

Maureen Strudwick, TCCC’s principal, said: “I would like all of us to thank our teenagers for the service they have provided to the community, the success they have brought on themselves and for the credit they bring to Thomas Clarkson Community College.”

The Teens and Toddlers programme was originally developed in the USA for teenagers to experience first-hand the difficulties of parent-child relationships.

The teenagers work in safe nursery environments to help develop their own understanding and appreciation of the demands and challenges of caring for toddlers and about placing the needs of someone else ahead of themselves.

A special guest for the presentation evening was Diana Whitmore MAEd, Founder of Teens and Toddlers UK, who had come up especially from London for the presentation.

Thomas Clarkson Community College has been running this course for three years, with two sessions running per year.