Celebrating apprentices at Cherry Trees Day Nursery
Would-be nursery practitioners at Cherry Trees Day Nursery in Cranfield were not only being celebrated during National Apprenticeship Week, they were also being encouraged to aim for the boss’s job.
Putting the spotlight on her apprentices and treating them to gifts as part of the national celebrations, Emma Jestice, Manager of the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Duncan Road, said her job should be in their sights.
“I want all our apprentices to be ambitious about their careers with us and confident that our training and mentoring programmes will help them to develop, personally and professionally, within our organisation,” she said.
“As employee owners, we are all invested in each other and ensuring that the children in our care receive the best possible start in life. Talented, skilled and ambitious young people on clearly defined career paths will get us there,” she added.
Describing the apprentices as enthusiastic, supportive members of the Cherry Trees staff team and excellent role models for the children, Emma said they deserved recognition for their invaluable contributions to nursery life.
The apprentices are Lauren Weaver (20), Reanne Rees (18), Victoria Mazzone (34) and Lucy Almond (16) who are not only benefitting from increased study time away from nursery but also a full range of new training opportunities.
They are following in the footsteps of other apprentices at the nursery who completed their studies and are now qualified practitioners with ‘Key Person’ responsibilities.
Apprentice Reanne Rees, said:
“I love my job and I am happy and proud to be a member of this team. They have all supported and encouraged me in my studies and praised me when I have done well.”
Cherry Trees Day Nursery is part of the award-winning, employee-owned, Childbase Partnership which has 43 day nurseries, mostly rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, in the South of England.