A NURSERY placement for two Stratford College apprentices has proved the paw-fect experience.
Early Years & Childhood Studies apprentices Libby-Mae Morton from Stratford and Emma Louise Todd from Alcester have both secured apprenticeships at Teddy Bear Corner Nursery.
Both are enjoying their roles although their backgrounds are quite different.
Libby started out training as a dancer but due to injury she had to change her career plans to another of her passions – childcare.
She said: “Stratford College have been incredibly supportive and I’m having such a positive experience.
“All the staff are so supportive, and they help you whenever you need. I did lack confidence to begin with, but they have really helped to build it up.”
Emma, who previously worked in the catering field, started in the childcare industry a little later after she began wanting a change.
Family-orientated Emma grew up with seven siblings before becoming an aunt to 15 nieces and nephews and now has children of her own.
And, naturally, she felt this was the perfect area to go into.
She said: “I was over the moon when I got my placement here. I get to do so many things I enjoy like setting up new activities for the kids.
“The work is different every day, for example Tuesday is music, Wednesday is cooking, Thursday is nature. I get to help create ideas for those subjects which is great.”
Nursery deputy manager Leanne Hands describes the benefits of having apprentices as part of the team: “It’s nice for us as staff to pass on our experiences and nice for the children to get to know new people. But more than that, some of us have had our qualifications a long time and the apprentices bring new learning to the table and that helps us keep our collective knowledge up to date.”
The women have different goals following the completion of their apprenticeships – Libby wants to go to university and study children’s mental health while Emma would like to stay on and work her way up to a management position.