Early Years Experiences - EYITT case study - Tija Mason

Tija Mason began the EYITT programme in September 2014. She works at Greenacres childcare in Hinckley and is training with Best Practice Network on the Graduate Employment-based route at the University of Warwick.

I wanted to achieve Early Years Teacher Status as it was a clear career decision following on from my Early Years degree and also because I know how important the early years are and I wanted to stretch myself to be the best I could be in my field.

Now I am halfway through the course my confidence is building. It is a lot of work but much of it is what I do on a daily basis - I've just never evidenced it before!

My tutors have been fantastic, very available, approachable and supportive.

I've enjoyed making a new set of friends who will continue to be my peers throughout my career.

I worked for the NHS before having children, but wanted a change of career. It was the best decision I could have made. I live in Leicestershire and I work quite close to home, enabling a good work life balance.