Linda found learning difficult as a child due to hearing loss and dyslexia and it wasn’t until the birth of her first child some years later, and the post-natal depression that followed, that Linda decided she wanted to reach her potential and return to learn. With support for her disabilities, Linda completed GCSEs in English and Maths and an AS level in Accountancy. The recurrence of depression after the birth of her second child saw Linda return to college and complete courses in learning support and British Sign Language and A-levels in Sociology and Book-keeping. With new-found skills and confidence Linda began volunteering at a playgroup and the Pre-School Learning Alliance (PLA) and enrolled on to level 3 in Childcare and Education. This led to paid work at the playgroup and PLA, and to support her role, Linda is now studying for a Foundation Degree in Young Children’s Learning and Development.
“Study as an adult has given me more confidence and I’m now more able to help my children study,” said Linda.