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Would-be nursery practitioners at Edwalton Day Nursery in Nottingham are not only being celebrated during National Apprenticeship Week they are also being encouraged to aim for the boss’s job.
Putting the spotlight on her two apprentices and treating them to gifts and floral bouquets, as part of the national celebrations, Sarah Johnson, Manager of the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Melton Road, Edwalton, said her job should be in their sights.
“I want 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 Edwalton staff team who were also good role models for the children, Sarah said they deserved recognition for their invaluable contributions to nursery life. Each was treated to a gift voucher for their favourite fashion store, flowers and their favourite lunch of cheesy vegetable pasta made by nursery Chef, Sharon Evans.
The apprentices are Asima Rehman (18) and Evie Scott (17) 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 Asima Rehman, 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. That is why this is such a surprise.” Edwalton Day Nursery is part of the award-winning, employee-owned, Childbase Partnership which has 41 day nurseries, mostly rated Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, in the South of England.