The spotlight was on Early Years professionals in-training at Westwood Day Nursery in Coventry as they were celebrated by their colleagues during National Apprenticeship Week.
At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Westwood Business Park, Apprentices; Ellie Harding and Sarah Lai were each presented with gift boxes from their grateful Manager for the ‘skills for life’ themed celebrations, with presents inside including a cookbook, budget planner, sewing kit, journal, DIY set and more, giving them tools for tackling adulthood.
As well as being thanked for their dedication to the children in their care and their studies, the Apprentices were also encouraged to aim for the job of Manager in the future.
The ‘careers not jobs’ focus at the company is underpinned by Princess Royal Award-winning training, a full range of leadership courses, mentoring and support via The Childbase Partnership Academy of Excellence, established in 2021 to support all apprentices in-house as they gain their qualifications alongside practical nursery experience.
Westwood Day Nursery Manager, Lyndsey Matthews explained;
“Our Apprentices are fantastic and we wanted to acknowledge the outstanding contributions they make and help prepare them for the next stages in their own lives. Their hard work, determination and dedication shines through and they are an invaluable asset to the team.”
Following investment at the Academy’s Buckinghamshire headquarters, apprentices also have inspiring learning environments, the latest technology and upscaled wellbeing amenities like barista-style refreshments on tap, home-cooked meals by the talented resident chef and cosy ‘chill out’ zones which they can enjoy during their training days.
Head of Childbase Training Academy of Excellence, Kara Tuckey said:
“We believe that education is the cornerstone of progress. With this belief, we have curated a team of passionate educators and experts who are committed to providing the highest quality of teaching, learning and assessment. Our commitment to excellence is unwavering, and we strive to set new standards in apprenticeship education.”
That includes Functional Skill Tutors supporting students with Maths and English both at the Academy and in nursery, as well as a team of Childbase Partnership experts, many of whom have worked within the 44-nursery settings, providing face to face training, in-person observations and support wherever required to help learners achieve their qualifications.
The Academy of Excellence is currently delivering courses in L2 Early Years Practitioner, L3 Early Years Educator, L3 Team Leader Supervisor and L5 Early Years Lead Practitioner, with the launch of L5 Manager and L3 Business Administrator also due to be rolled out soon.
Candidates must be at least 16 years old and be successful at interview for an Apprenticeship position. Vacancies can be found here: https://search.childbasecareers.com
National Apprenticeship Week runs from 5th – 11th February 2024.
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