Our dedicated assessor works with each learner by discussing their needs. Once learners are signed up, the assessor will create an action plan for completing the various apprenticeship units. The units include observations where the assessor will observe the learner interacting with the children.
Level 3 Apprentice
Read all about Louisa who is currently undertaking a Level 3 Apprenticeship with us at our Ashbourne Day Nursery in Millway, Northampton.
Name: Louisa Jones
Job Title: Nursery Nurse Apprentice
Apprenticeship: Level 3 Early Years Educator and Standards
Nursery: Ashbourne Day Nurseries at Millway, Northampton
Louisa has answered some questions about apprenticeships:
What is the timeframe of your current apprenticeship?
You have a certain amount of time to complete the course, but I only have two exams left until I am finished. I have been doing it for a year and a half.
Why did you choose to do an apprenticeship?
I wanted to work and earn money doing something I enjoy, but also learn at the same time. I knew I didn’t want to go back into a school environment so this worked much better for me.
What is your favourite thing about the course?
I really like that it is flexible and I can do it online and at my own pace without having to go into college.
I enjoy being hands-on with the children at the nursery and learning each day.
What do you plan to do next?
I would like to undertake another course in Special Educational Needs and work with SEN children. This is something that Ashbourne offers and I am just about to start undertaking some one-to-one training with a SEN child at Millway.
How will your apprenticeship help you to achieve this?
It has given me the tools, resources and skills I need to complete my course, work in the childcare environment and progress within the company.
Did you go straight into your apprenticeship from school?
I completed my Level 2 Apprenticeship at a different nursery, but wanted to continue with my learning. So I moved to Millway which offered a Level 3 Apprenticeship at the time.
How did you find out about your apprenticeship?
Ashbourne Day Nurseries at Millway were advertising for a Level 3 Apprentice and after some research I applied for the vacancy. Once I had my job interview I knew I really liked what I saw in the nursery and what I learned about the course. I was keen to be a part of the team.
What have you gained from your apprenticeship?
I have learnt how to effectively work with children and how to teach a range of ages. I have also learnt how to work with colleagues and other staff members. I have also really enjoyed learning about the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and how to use this to develop children within my care.
What has been your proudest moment so far from doing your apprenticeship?
I received a Star of the Month award within in my first couple of months working here. This was to recognise my hard work, dedication and being a team player.
What advice would you give someone who might be thinking about an apprenticeship?
I think apprenticeships are a great idea and a good way to continuing learning, while also earning money at the same time. It also gives you a lot of opportunities.
What advice would you give an employer who is considering employing an apprentice?
I think those undertaking apprenticeships are a valuable asset to any team. It is a good idea to have a range of different knowledge sets within a team so we can teach, learn and mentor each other.