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News: Early Years students support Young Minds

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Students Abigail Emily and Heba at the stall with cakes and donation box
Students Abigail Emily and Heba at the stall with cakes and donation box

Early Years students at Nottingham College raised more than £300 for a young people’s mental health charity in the run up to World Mental Health Day on 10 October. 

The Level 1 Early Years students worked hard as a team to create fundraising activities and run stalls at the College’s new City Hub campus. The money they raised is going to Young Minds, a charity fighting for children and young people’s mental health. 

The students only began their course recently, but they’ve already made friends and become a great team! They worked together to create activities that would also be child-friendly, as well as making posters and promotional materials and running the event. 

Students Paige And Destiny with their cakes for sale
Students Paige and Destiny with some of their wrapped cakes, with colourful displays in the background

The activities have helped them gain skills that they could use in the future when working in Early Years settings. 

Some of the activities included:

  • skipping challenges
  • tombola/​raffle
  • guess the number of sweets in the jar 
  • guess the name of the crochet mole (made by Esther Colton — Early Years staff team) 
  • selling homemade cakes and biscuits 
  • creating posters to raise awareness of mental health 
  • and more!

Lots of students and staff also wore yellow for the day and made a donation to the charity. 

Nottingham College Early Years staff also supported the students throughout their fundraising activities. 

Some of the students and staff. With lots of yellow props, cakes and activities at the stand.

I’ve just joined Nottingham College and I’m enjoying the course so far. I’d made some pretty good friends after only a day or two! We’ve been selling cakes and cookies for this event, and I think it’s a good charity to donate to. 

In future I’d like to be a Nursery Assistant. So far, I’ve been learning about what children need and doing activities towards that. I’m excited to learn more too. If someone asked me if I’d recommend doing an Early Years course, I’d say go for it! 

Abigail — Level 1 Caring for Children student

Find out more about Early Years courses at an Open Evening

If you’re interested in an Early Years course, or any of our other subjects, why not find out more at an Open Evening? 

We’ve got a series of Open Evenings coming up in October and November 2021.

Published on:
  • 11th October 2021 (1:05 PM)
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