Sophie Louise Davis is an apprentice nursery practitioner at Wiggles & Giggles Nursery in Barnsley. Alongside her role, Sophie has achieved a level 2 qualification and is now working towards a level 3 Early Years Educator apprenticeship with Interserve Learning & Employment. Here’s what Sophie had to say about her experience as a childcare apprentice.

What prompted you to become an apprentice nursery practitioner?

Working with children has always been a passion of mine. But I thought I would never get the opportunity as I never studied childcare in school. Now with Interserve Learning & Employment, I’ve managed to complete my level 2 qualification while working with children, this has been a great opportunity.

What does a typical day at work include for you?

It would normally start with me setting up for the day before the babies start to arrive at 7:30am.

Shortly after arriving at the nursery, the children will have breakfast. While they eat, I will start to complete their daily record sheet. The record sheet is a great way for parents to track the progress of their children.

The day is then filled with a mix of free play and planned activities, where the practitioners watch the children for any next steps or observations.

Later on, I will put the children down to sleep. Whilst they rest, I will complete any work or files that I need to catch up on.

The children also have snack time, lunch, tea and have their nappies changed throughout the day before they go home with their parents.

How are you finding the training you are receiving as an apprentice with ILE?

I found my training extremely useful. My tutor came out to observe my progress and sent me over any work which I needed to complete. I particularly enjoyed the practical elements of the training which included setting up the outdoor area. I had lots of different ideas and I received praise from Ofsted for my imagination and effort.

What do you enjoy about your job?

The fact I get to work with the babies is what I enjoy most about the job. I’ve only been working in the baby room but for a few months but this is my highlight as I love to watch them learn and play.

The fact I can make the children feel safe and comfortable in my care is great. It’s also a bonus when you have a strong bond with another practitioner.

How do you relax outside of work?       

Outside of work I am currently occupied with my home as it is under construction. Other than that I like to spend time with my family, so I go to my parents for dinner or go shopping with my mum. I also enjoy going for a swim or a walk.

If Sophie’s story has ignited and motivated you to pursue your passion for childcare and early year’s 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.