Celebrating professional development at Knowle Green

Knowle Green Apprenticeship Week

There was cause for celebration at Knowle Green Day Nursery in Staines as the team marked the achievements of their colleague on National Apprenticeship Week, after graduating from the Childbase Academy of Excellence as a Qualified Nursery Practitioner.

Having been working at the setting on Knowle Green alongside her studies for the past 18 months, Apprentice; Roberta Eskyte was delighted to complete her Level 3 NVQ in Early Years, which included modules in the bespoke Childbase Partnership ‘Teach to Reach’ programme, which is accredited with a prestigious Princess Royal Training Award.

As part of the festivities for National Apprenticeship Week, current learners; Grace Dalgleish, Sofiya Sayflina and Chloe Rosbottom were celebrated with gifts including a monogramed notebook and pens to aid their studies, as well as chocolates and a keyring from grateful Manager, Chanelle Weaver, who also encouraged them to aim for her job in the future.

Established in January 2021, the Childbase Training Academy of Excellence was created to deliver a centre where all Apprentices are supported in-house by Childbase Partnership experts as they gain practical experience in nursery. The team provide face to face training, conduct in person observations and support learners in achieving their qualifications.

Through an extensive range of bespoke training days, Apprentices gain essential knowledge across all areas of their standard, with topics covered including Health and Safety, Equality and Diversity, Child Development, Safeguarding and SEND. These sessions are also supported with additional online training courses and resources to instil confidence.

Knowle Green Manager, Chanelle Weaver explained;

“It’s been incredible to see how much our Apprentices have progressed and their enthusiasm, passion and eagerness is so inspiring to see. We are very proud of Roberta and all the hard work she has put in to gain this qualification; she is now putting her talents into action in our Bumblebees room, providing the best care and education for the children.”

Knowle Green Nursery Practitioner, Roberta Eskyte explained;

“During my apprenticeship I enjoyed meeting lots of new people and sharing our ideas, opinions and experiences as a group. I have gained useful knowledge to support me in my role and developed key skills that support my work performance and best practice when working with the children. I am so happy to have gained a qualification and experience at the same time and can’t wait to see how my career with Childbase Partnership develops.”

Learners must be at least 16 years old and be successful at interview for an Apprenticeship position. Vacancies can be found here:


Cedars Day Nursery - Leighton Buzzard

We prioritise the importance of outdoor play at Cedars Day Nursery in Leighton Buzzard. All children at our Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery have access to our large, natural garden area on a daily basis as we recognise the impact that being outdoors has on a child’s social, emotional and physical development. The children enjoy planting vegetables and tasting their produce, served by our dedicated Nursery Chef.

Cedars Day Nursery, Mentmore Rd, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2PA

Tel:  01525 850200