I chose an ACL apprenticeship as I wanted to gain valuable workplace experience in the child care sector before continuing on to university to study for my degree which I will be starting later this year.
Can you tell us about your experience on your apprenticeship so far?
I have loved every second of my apprenticeship so far, from the moment I joined my setting I have felt supported and formed great relationships with the staff and children. I can always talk to my manager and colleagues when I have questions and I feel as though I have been supported greatly by these individuals.
What is your role, the business you work for etc.?
I currently work for Little Stars Nursery, in the first year of my apprenticeship my role was to act as a key person for a small group of two years olds, in this time I learnt how to provide intimate care, create a safe environment and meet the wants and needs of the children in my care. Continuing into the second year of my apprenticeship I am now currently working as a Special Educational Needs support practitioner in which I make sure that the children with SEN are provided with the supporting care that they need to be able to achieve and experience nursery life the same as every other child.
What do you hope to achieve from your apprenticeship?
The one thing that I hope to achieve from my apprenticeship is valuable knowledge and experience of what makes a good Early Years Practitioner and how I can have a positive impact on young people’s lives.
What is one thing you are proud of that you have achieved whilst completing your apprenticeship?
One thing that I am proud of from my apprenticeship is speaking on behalf of my setting during a Multi-disciplinary assessment for a child’s Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. It was very insightful being able to talk to a panel of Paediatricians and I received some great feedback for the information I contributed.