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Celebrating Apprentices at Julia Durbin Day Nursery

The spotlight was on prospective practitioners from Julia Durbin Day Nursery in Headington as they were celebrated by proud colleagues as part of ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ festivities at the award-winning setting.

As well as being shown appreciation with a range of treats including chocolate and flowers, the pair of Apprentices; Chloe Goodenough and Betty Wangwe, are also being offered permanent jobs if they successfully complete the bespoke Childbase training programme, which is designed to give them lasting careers at the company.

The group are not only benefitting from increased study time away from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Roosevelt Drive, but also a full range of new training opportunities. This is following in the footsteps of other former apprentices at the nursery who are now qualified practitioners with ‘key person’ responsibilities.

Julia Durbin Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Aimee Corcoran explained;

“We are hugely grateful to our Apprentices for all the hard work they do and the brilliant contributions they make to nursery life, especially in such challenging times. Their talent and ambition is clear to see and we have been incredibly proud to continue to watch them progress professionally and grow in confidence.”

Head of Childbase Training Academy of Excellence, June Sadler explained;

“All the hard work of our Apprentices is really paying off and they have been a great support to our children and families, especially during the lockdown periods. We are now very excited as we open our own Childbase Training Academy of Excellence and recruit our first cohort of 44 learners on to the Early Years Standards.”

The Childbase Training Academy of Excellence opened in January 2021 and currently offers learners Apprenticeships at Level 2 and Level 3 in Early Years, with plans for further courses later in the year. If you are looking to start an Apprenticeship please contact the recruitment team on