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Marking ‘National Apprenticeship Week’ at West Downs Day Nursery

The spotlight was on prospective practitioners from West Downs Day Nursery in Winchester 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 gifts and a special team breakfast, the group of four Apprentices; Lily Deane, Catherine Newman, Rosina Paulley and Darcie Henderson, are also being offered permanent jobs if they successfully complete the bespoke Childbase Partnership 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 setting on Romsey Road, 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.

West Downs Day Nursery Manager, Jack Meekings explained;

“Our talented Apprentices make a brilliant contribution to nursery life and we have arranged a series of celebrations this week to let them know how much we appreciate them. We want them to be ambitious about their careers with us and the vast range of training opportunities on offer – Lily is even part of the first cohort for our new Training Academy which is very exciting.”

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