A UNIVERSITY graduate put her education to good use – by opening her own business while she was still studying.
Rifat Maqsood, from Burton, decided to take on the mammoth task of opening her own nursery at the same time she was battling to come out on top during he foundation degree in early childhood studies – a Staffordshire University course run at Burton and South Derbyshire College.
Now her hard work has paid off after her business, Little Einsteins nursery, based in St Paul's Square, Burton, was awarded a 'good' rating in its first Ofsted inspection.
She said: "The foundation degree has taught me all I need to know about running a nursery.
"I've put this knowledge into practice, which has resulted in a highly effective learning environment for our children that was rated 'good' by Ofsted."
While in the final year of a foundation degree in her chosen area, Miss Maqsood used her new knowledge and skills to start the business.
She added: "In addition to our 'good' rating, we also achieved a five-star rating in food and hygiene from the council, so we're excelling in all areas."
Miss Masqood enrolled on the foundation degree at Burton and South Derbyshire College after taking a career break to raise her family.
The qualification is designed for those working in an early years setting and promotes further career development in the early years field.
She added: "I chose this course as it's close to home and flexible in terms of how the modules are delivered.
"I found it ideal for combining running a business with studying – I actually fell pregnant in my final year so I was juggling starting up a new business, studying and getting ready for a new baby.
"It was certainly a challenge but my course tutors and classmates were always on hand to provide support and encouragement every step of the way."