Alice Watson works as a Nursery Assistant at Little Angels Day Nursery in Market Harborough. She has completed one apprenticeship, Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2 with Interserve Learning & Employment (ILE) and is currently working towards another, Early Years Educator Level 3. During National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Alice has been recognised for her outstanding performance throughout her studies and was presented with an award by Performance Manager, Olivia Mayell.
We spoke to Alice about why she chose to pursue the path of an apprenticeship and the difference it has made to her life:
What prompted you to become an apprentice?
I always loved the idea of working with children. However, I had little experience within the industry so I felt that becoming an apprentice was the right way to go about starting a career in childcare. Plus, I enjoyed the idea of learning as I worked and ensuring I obtained the correct qualifications.
What does a typical day at work include for you?
A typical day at work includes setting the room up before the children come in. I love this as it gives me an opportunity to set up activities that the children will get fulfilment out of. I am continuously changing the activities throughout the day depending on the children’s involvement and whether or not they are enjoying them.
As the creative ambassador, I also attend meetings occasionally to discuss any activities or open days that will be happening as well.
I routinely take observations of my key children depending on their next steps and it’s lovely to spend one-on-one time with them. At the end of the day, I like to liaise with parents or carers to talk about their child’s development and how the day has gone.
How are you finding the training you are receiving as an apprentice with ILE?
I have loved every bit of training I have received in order to gain my Level 2 and soon to be Level 3 qualifications.
The fact that my assessor is always on hand whenever I have a question or need some advice, makes me feel extremely supported. Every time my assessor comes to visit and discuss my work it gives me the motivation I need to keep on working to the best of my ability. I admire everybody I work with, each and every member of staff including my assessor has inspired me. I love to learn from their advice and experiences.
What do you enjoy about your job?
I enjoy the relationship I have with my colleagues, the children and parents – and also the sense of community and fulfilment I get from working with them.
My job helps children to learn and develop in their own time and I really enjoy that nursery life for the children in my care. It’s a ‘home away from home’ experience for them.
I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had, for example, I will be attending University in September to study childhood and youth studies – something I would have never been able to pursue previously!
How do you relax outside of work?
Outside of work I am very active, I play for a rounder’s team and enjoy working out at the gym. I also enjoy going to yoga practice as I feel that gives me a great work-life balance and helps me with my spiritual wellbeing.
If Alice’s story has inspired you to pursue your passion for childcare and early years education, take a look at our course details here: https://learning-employment.com/apprentices/apprenticeships-careers/childcare/ or call 0333 444 3973 to speak to a member of our team.