28 October 2013
Early years education has always been considered to have a predominantly female employment ratio. So when male student Giles Stamp not only found employment but went on to win the Nursery Practitioner of the year award, he had achieved a double victory.
Giles Stamp is an Early Childhood Studies graduate and Early Years Professional student at Canterbury Christ Church University who has always had a strong passion for teaching at nursery level and for music.
After two years working in an early years setting in Essex, Giles’ considered studying a joint honours degree of Early Years and Music at Christ Church. After discussions with his friends and family, Giles decided to focus his studies on Early Years and considered using his music skills as a teaching technique further down his Early Childhood Education career path.
In 2010, Giles’ university journey began, and soon after, he had found himself helping out at The Manor House Nursery in Margate. Giles said: “Doing the Early Childhood Studies course and working in an early years setting at the same time was hugely beneficial. It allowed me to improve my understanding by putting the theory into practice in my working role.”
Three years on, Giles has completed his degree, graduating with an impressive Upper Second whilst developing his working skills and entering more senior roles.
Studying and working was a challenge at times but being named the UK’s Nursery Practitioner of The Year 2013 shows his hard work has paid off. Giles said: “I am delighted to have won the award, I have always dreamed of having my own nursery and achievements such as this make that dream even more realistic.
“For now, I love working in my current setting in Margate as I am working towards developing another passion of mine, music, and introducing it into early years education. I feel that music covers and supports all areas in the early years foundation stage. I am now the Head of Music and Practice Manager for The Manor House which is a hugely positive development in my career.”
Currently, Giles is furthering his studies by completing the Early Years Professionals course and continue his inspiring work in Margate. He concluded: “To even be nominated for this award was mind blowing. To work in an area which is so rewarding and enjoyable and then to have this recognition is amazing, I just can’t stop smiling.
“I really do put the children first in everything I do and I will always support early years learning. It is my life.”
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- 94% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
- We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2012 UCAS).
- We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.
*2011/12 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey