I can honestly say that it was one of the greatest things I’ve done

Katie Graham-Whitehouse in Venice
Katie Graham-Whitehouse
Masters student
MA Early Childhood Education
Initially Nursery Manager, Katie Graham-Whitehouse, chose to study on the MA Early Childhood Education to bring her knowledge and practice up to date, but two years later, ignited by her passion for researching and writing her dissertation, Katie decided to continue her studies with us and apply for the EdD.

I completed my master’s in early childhood education in 2021 and I can honestly say that it was one of the greatest things I’ve done. When I originally applied for the course, it was purely to improve my knowledge of the early years.

As the manager of a private nursery, I wanted to make sure my knowledge and practice was as up to date as possible. Two years later and I’ve not only gained the knowledge I was originally hoping for, but I’ve also developed a new passion for developing the status and quality of the private early years sector.

Writing my dissertation was a personal highlight as I enjoyed the freedom to explore my areas of interest that had developed, and I felt really supported by my dissertation supervisor who helped me face any problems that arose head on. It was the process of researching and writing my dissertation and the support I was given that convince to me to apply for the EdD.

As my passions developed over the course, I applied for a new role that reflected this as a Segment Manager for the Private Nurseries area of Twinkl where I help create resources, work with a range of companies in education and alongside large educational alliances, such as Birth to 5 Matters. The master’s in early childhood education has increased my knowledge and confidence of working within the private sector.

Although the University of Sheffield has an outstanding reputation, I chose to study here because of the flexibility offered with the part-time distance-learning course. Having no prior experience of studying online, the structure of a weekly online workload (which did not have deadlines) combined with physical study school weekends throughout the year allowed me to create a study routine that suited my life outside university. The study school weekends also allowed me to create connections with other students on the course which I found vital later in the course. We were able to support each other via WhatsApp and Blackboard and these connections have continued.

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