No Child’s Play for Dundee Nursery Owner

A Dundee nursery owner hopes that her new BA Childhood Practice degree will encourage others to raise the standards in childcare and provide better outcomes for local children.

Pamela and husband Russell

Pamela Gall, proprietor of Balgillo Nursery and Balgillo Nursery Too, Broughty Ferry, has just graduated with a Batchelor of Arts in Childhood Practice at the University of Dundee.

By completing the degree, Pamela has met the requirements of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), which stipulates that all nursery managers or lead practitioners are working towards a ‘level 9’ qualification. She now hopes to exceed their requirements by pursuing Post Graduate Diploma in Childhood Practice (PG Dip) which can lead to a Masters in Education (MEd).

An excellent role model for her staff, a further five members of Pamela’s team have now enrolled on, or completed, the Professional Development Award (a level 8 qualification) in the past two years, some of whom will hopefully progress onto the BA Childhood Practice.

The achievement is all the more impressive when mother-of-two Pamela was studying, running two nurseries, planning a third – due to open in Ardler Village shortly – and juggling family life.

Pamela said, “I started the degree in 2008, took some time out when my daughter was born and then again when my mother sadly died just as the course work was ending. Despite the huge commitment involved, I found the whole course really enjoyable and rewarding but certainly challenging and I feel a great sense of achievement having now graduated.   I owe great thanks to my husband Russell and business partner and friend Kim for their support, especially during tough times.”

Pamela continued, “On a professional level, I have gained a very good understanding of additional theory and research that can support a range of new innovative practice across the nurseries. My commitment to my profession is also giving parents even more confidence in the leadership of the nurseries, and highlighting the expertise which underpins the care of their children.  Other nursery owners and managers are now embarking on the course which is fantastic as it can only further raise the standards and improve the outcomes for children in our care.”

Echoing Pamela’s hope that others will follow suit, or at least undertake further accredited training, is one of Pamela’s University of Dundee tutors Lynn Boyle.

Mrs Boyle said, “Pamela has to be commended for juggling intense study in conjunction with running her own businesses and managing family life.  There is no doubt that her commitment and dedication will have a positive impact on the children in her care and I join my colleagues in wishing her every success and hope that she continues her studies as a lifelong learner, with the University of Dundee.”

For more information on Balgillo Nursery, which provides childcare and education for children aged between two and five, please telephone 01382 737115 or visit website http://www.balgillonursery.co.uk. For more information on the Social Services Council, visit http://www.sssc.uk.com/.

For more information on the Batchelor of Arts in Childhood Practice at the University of Dundee, please visit http://www.dundee.ac.uk/admissions/distance_learning/courses/childhood_practice_ba.htm?ug_prospectus2.

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