Our People: Meet Chelsea, Nursery Practitioner

2 Feb 2023

Our People: Meet Chelsea, Nursery Practitioner

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, we wanted to speak with one of our very own recently qualified staff members to discuss their professional journey and to understand their decision to work in early years.

Introducing Chelsea, a bright and brilliant Nursery Practitioner at our Little Acorns Day Nursery and Preschool in Stoneygate. Read on to hear Chelsea’s story.

What is your job?

“Nursery Practitioner”

What inspired you to work in early years?

“I come from a big family with lots of children, this made me want to pursue a career within childcare.”

When did you start your journey with at Little Acorns?

“I joined Little Acorns in December 2019 but initially started my journey in the nursery kitchen! I then ventured into a new career path when I enrolled onto my Level 3 Apprenticeship and I qualified in May 2022.”

What do you really enjoy about your role?

“I really enjoy carrying out activities that meet and are focused around the individual needs of the children.”

What is a typical day like in your role?

“A typical day at Little Acorns begins with greeting parents and children, we then begin to set up our activities and carry out our usual day-to-day care giving routines. Each day is different, and every day is new! Little Acorns is a TEAM, and Together Everyone Achieves More. ”

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

“I particularly enjoy the partnership with parents that I have fostered, this is something I was awarded with at the nursery GrandAwards. I have had amazing opportunities to work alongside some of the most rewarding team members, including my Nursery Manager, Mia.”

Do you have any advice to anyone thinking of starting a career in childcare?

“My honest advice would be to push anyone into starting a career in childcare, it is one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had, and I am so pleased I joined Kiddi Caru in 2019.”

What are you doing/what do you plan on doing for your wellbeing day?

“My wellbeing day will consist of being surrounded by my family and friends and celebrating all the special things in life.”

What did you enjoy most about your apprenticeship?

“What I enjoyed about my apprenticeship most was being able to explore working with children from each different age group within the nursery, learning about their development and the importance of it. I really enjoyed carrying out my child studies and planning the activities involved, it was really rewarding getting to know individual parents and receiving their positive feedback. During my theory work there were many things that I enjoyed learning about and one of them being the EYFS and the planning of activities around that.”

What advice would you give to anyone considering studying for an apprenticeship?

 “I would say go for it! This apprenticeship was one of the was rewarding things I have accomplished. I work at the same nursery where I completed my apprenticeship and the relationships I have created with both the parents and children is unbreakable. I would also say time management is key and ensure you push yourself towards the best you can be!”

Feeling inspired? Find out more about apprenticeships.

If you would like to earn while you learn, then an apprenticeship is for you. Our apprenticeships offer first-hand experience of nursery life working alongside some of the best in the industry who will support you to develop the skills and knowledge to play a key role in the success of one of our nurseries.

We employ apprentices with the expectation that they will reach Level 3 in childcare. We also offer apprenticeships to our existing employees who wish to gain childcare and leadership qualifications. We have many success stories of employees who have progressed into senior management and leadership roles. Find out more here.

We are thankful to each of our nursery teams for their care, support, and hard work every day. You could be a part of an environment like this, follow the links below to find out more:

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