At Little Hands Daycare, when an apprentice joins the company we are able to offer a strong package of support in order to enhance their professional development. We truly believe that offering apprentices high quality support will help to shape and build qualified passionate Early Years Educators for the future. As part of our unique and personalised approach, each individual will have access to;
New Employee Training Programme
For all new employees who join the company we offer bespoke New Employee Training which covers a range of aspects of practice. The training is divided into 3 core sessions which look in depth at some of the core skills our apprentices will need to be a successful Early Years Educator. Some of these include understanding the importance of observation and assessment, learning more about our curriculum at Little Hands, how children learn through In the Moment Planning and how to emotion coach children effectively whilst adhering to our Promoting Positive Behaviour policy. Our apprentices are required to attend these 3 core sessions with our learning and development team to give them the same foundational knowledge as our wider staff teams. Furthermore, during these sessions, we can assess each individual’s need for further training and supervision.
Each new employee receives an experienced Professional Buddy. Their role is to guide and support the new employee through their employment journey with us. However, for apprentices we have enhanced and upgraded this process even further as we recognise during the first few months apprentices have a lot to juggle including studying a qualification and gaining practical experience within the work environment. The Professional Buddy will work directly with our apprentices for 2-3 months. During this time, lots of aspects of practice will be covered and demonstrated to our apprentices including our curriculum, communication and language intervention programmes, writing support plans, assessing children’s learning as well as some of the most important aspects of the role including developing positive parent partnerships. This role provides an initial point of contact for each apprentice, where questions can be asked without judgement and learning can be maximised where feedback is given in real time.
Training Provider Relationships
Developing strong relationships with our apprenticeship assessors or tutors is a key factor in making the apprenticeship role a success. We regularly network with assessors from different training providers and we make it our business to know what module apprentices are currently completing as part of their qualification. By providing regular supervision opportunities, we are able to discuss any queries or concerns as an apprentice progresses their course. Some of our favourite modules we love to support our apprentices to achieve are Safeguarding and Child Development! We are here to support each apprentice holistically including through; discussions, endless support, quizzes and professional development activities whilst working directly with the team and children.
Direct Apprenticeship Support
Moving forward for the remainder of 2022, we plan to introduce further Apprenticeship Support including lots of coaching and mentoring activities which can be completed with other members of the team. We are also able to provide apprentices with regular CPD training and ‘off the job’ training including peer observations, sharing feedback, staff observations and role modelling opportunities.
If you are thinking about taking on an Apprenticeship role within the Early Years Sector, then look no further we are here and ready to support you. If you are wondering where an apprenticeship could take you. Please see our Career path graphic which demonstrates how many progression opportunities there are at Little Hands Daycare.