In her very first speech as Prime Minister, Theresa May highlighted this uncomfortable fact – “If you are a woman, you will earn less than a man.”
In 2016, the Institute for Fiscal Studies found that, if a woman leaves paid work and returns later on, her hourly wages will be “about 2% lower for each year [she has] taken out of employment.” This figure rises to 4% for women educated to A-Level standard or higher.
As a stay at home mum of 7 years, this terrifies me!
Learning from home
Because of these shocking statistics, many women decide to start learning from home. There are a whole host of courses that you can do and all you need is access to the internet.
And keep reading if you’d like to win an online course worth £590
I am currently doing a Level 3 Diploma in Child Care with the Association of Learning (which is equivalent to an A-Level).
Learning from home is a great way to keep your hand in your chosen field, or even to retrain completely.
I trained as a Primary School teacher but it’s almost 8 years since I taught in the classroom. The childcare course has been a great way to refresh my memory.
It also includes lots of things that will help me as a mum including a whole section on how playing helps a child to develop. There’s also a section on childminders and their responsibilities so if anyone is considering this career path, that could be really useful.
And best of all – I’m learning from home and all the work is submitted online too. That means I can fit it around my family and my kids and just work when it’s convenient for me.
The Association of Learning have loads of online courses available. Here a few others that I’ve got my eye on:
- Early Years and Childhood Psychology
- Business Management
- Creative Crafts
- Business Studies
Association of Learning
Once you have received your log-in details and can start learning from home straight away. My course is divided into units and is estimated to take 100 hours to complete. I actually think that’s a very generous estimate and it will be a lot less.
I can see that the course material is at the academic level of an A-Level but the workload certainly isn’t as there are no assignments and just 1 quick exam at the end (which can be repeated as many times as needed). This makes learning from home much easier because you don’t have to find time to write essays too.
The information is presented clearly and concisely and, at the end of this course, I will receive a Certificate of Achievement by Training Qualification UK (TQUK). It’s worth noting that the TQUK Level 3 is only one section of an Ofqual-regulated qualification and further study would be needed.
Now for something a little strange. For some reason, the course description on the website is different to the course that I have been signed up for. For example, the description says the course is assignment-based and there are no exams, but it’s actually the opposite – there are no assignments and 1 multiple-choice exam. The modules are also divided up differently and I only have 5 instead of 6.
I contacted the support team (who got back to me within 15mins even though it was 9pm) to ask about these differences and was given this answer:
I believe the team are working at condensing courses and aligning to new legislation as well as cutting down on modules and combining them.
The idea is to make it easier to understand, but with the same depth of knowledge.
I appreciate this but I’m not sure this is acceptable really. When you hand over your money for one thing and end up getting something very different, it doesn’t seem right. If it is true that they are just updating their courses, then they need to update their website accordingly so that other people are not caught out too.
If you are thinking of doing some learning from home, I recommend emailing them for confirmation on the course content first.
Child care level 3 giveaway
And now, in the biggest Lucy At Home giveaway to date, I can announce that the Association of Learning have kindly agreed to gift one of you the opportunity of learning from home too!
The Child Care Level 3 course costs £590 and you will have 12 months to complete it. The modules are:
- Child development (0-8yrs)
- Providing for children’s physical needs
- Learning through play
- Childminder info
All information will be provided and there is a tutor on hand to support you throughout.
The competition will end on Tuesday 27th March and full terms and conditions are listed below. Good luck!
Terms and conditions
Child Care Level 3 Diploma Giveaway
No Purchase Necessary. Giveaway starts 27th February 2018 at 00:00 GMT and ends Wednesday 28th March at 00:00 BST. UK entrants only. Entrants must be 18 years old or over. One winner will be selected at random using the random winner generator within Rafflecopter. The prize is a 12 month subscription to the Association of Learning’s Child Care Level 3 course (RRP £590). The winner will be contacted by email and their name will be displayed on the giveaway page using the Rafflecopter widget. Where possible, I will also tweet the winner. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No cash alternative. Please note that Association of Learning are responsible for fulfilling this prize and Lucy At Home is not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfil their prizes. I have represented the sponsor with the expectation they will fulfil their prize and in a timely manner. I will only be passing your details onto the sponsor so that they can contact you regarding your prize. I will not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. Please note that in order to qualify for the social media entries, a valid account that clearly identifies the holder as being a user is needed, and any entrants found to be using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Association of Learning and I was given free access to their Child Care Level 3 course for the purposes of this review. All opinions are my own. For more info, check out my disclosure policy.