We were very excited to be involved in a range of fun activities in support of National Apprenticeship Week. Here are some of the things we got up to:
Toad Hall Nursery kicked off National Apprenticeship Week by holding a ‘Made by Apprentices’ event in which Apprentices from our Hitchin, Berkhamsted, Watford and Winnersh nurseries attended.
The day was aimed at gaining ideas for fun and easy activities that parents can do at home with their children. All of these fabulous ideas will then be turned into a parent booklet.
Each of our apprentices brought their activities with them and presented them to the group, explaining step-by-step how they were made, the parts of the EYFS that they cover and the equipment needed to make each activity.
The ‘Made by Apprentices’ day was brilliant – we had some great discussions and the apprentices were able to take back ideas from other settings to implement at their own nursery. In fact, we cannot wait to get our ‘Made by Apprentices’ activity book together and show off all the amazing ideas!
Later in the week Toad Hall Watford nursery was excited to have a visit from Richard Harrington (MP for Watford). Mr Harrington had a tour of the nursery and enjoyed meeting all the children. We were able to show the good work the apprentices do and Mr Harrington talked to our apprentices Emily and Emma about their work at the nursery.
A number of our staff from nurseries took the opportunity to promote apprenticeships by visiting local schools and business events, where they talked about what it’s like to be an apprentice. We also asked our apprentices to share their thoughts about being an apprentice:
“Childcare is a rewarding job, you feel great when the children go home happy and the parents thank you for looking after them. The benefits are that you are learning and earning at the same time.” Jamila, Hitchin.
When asked about what advice she would give to someone considering an apprenticeship, our apprentice, Kayleigh said “Go for it, it was the best thing I did as I learned a lot more than I did at college.”
Here’s a final word on why Toad Hall value apprentices:
“Our experience of working with apprentices is all positive. They are enthusiastic and willing to learn. We enjoy being able to pass on our knowledge and teach them new skills.” (Julie Watson, Head Office)