Dawn Hunt, Manager of First Steps Nursery has been taking on an apprentices at the Trust’s nurseries since 2013.
“We attract very dedicated and hard –working apprentices as there’s no training quite like the NHS. In addition to the qualifications, they also undergo the Trust’s Induction Programme which gives them a range of skills and knowledge that wouldn’t be standard in most nurseries. We also make sure that we recognise and build on any particular individual skills. For example, if someone has skills in music, we use that special ability to enhance the children’s activities.”
Hayley Phillips, 22 of Staines, began her apprenticeship with the hospital nursery in August 2014. She has since joined the team as a full-time practitioner. Hayley explains how the nursery apprenticeship scheme changed her life:
“I wanted to make a difference in my life; I was working in a shop but wanted to work with children. Mum worked for the NHS and heard about the new scheme and suggested it. That was the start of the last two years and I am now working within a 76 place nursery of children from 6 months to 5 years and 20 staff of all ages. Thanks to my apprenticeship, I’ve opened up a whole new world of opportunities I can follow”.