In honour of National Apprenticeship Week, we’re shining a spotlight on an extraordinary individual who exemplifies the spirit of learning and growth through apprenticeship. Ashleigh Harvey, an apprentice at The Bourne End Day Nursery School, recently clinched the prestigious National Apprentice of the Year award from our training provider, Realise. This accolade is a testament to Ashleigh’s dedication, hard work, and passion for early years education.
A Journey of Growth and Learning
Ashleigh is currently undertaking a Level 2 apprenticeship course, a stepping stone that combines practical work experience with learning. Her journey into the world of early years education was inspired by her own experiences as a parent.
Having children of my own, I loved the thought of looking after other children and supporting their learning and watching them grow
The best part of her job? Starting the day with the children saying hello to me with big smiles on their faces!Ashleigh Harvey, apprentice
The Path to an Apprenticeship
Ashleigh’s path to her apprenticeship at The Bourne End Day Nursery School began with an opportunity presented by her manager to work while also pursuing an apprenticeship. This dual approach allowed Ashleigh to gain valuable qualifications alongside practical work experience, enhancing her skills and knowledge as an early years practitioner.
The initial steps involved a detailed orientation process, including a Zoom call with Realise to outline the apprenticeship’s requirements and expectations. Despite feeling overwhelmed at first, Ashleigh found her footing through webinars, professional discussions, and the support of her TA, which collectively boosted her confidence both personally and professionally.
National Apprentice of the Year award
Winning the National Apprentice of the Year award was a moment of immense joy and validation for Ashleigh. This recognition not only celebrates her achievements but also underscores the value of apprenticeships in fostering skilled and passionate professionals in early years education. Ashleigh was asked “How does it feel to be nominated and win this award?
Being recognised for my dedication to becoming an early years practitioner is incredibly rewarding and affirmingAshleigh Harvey
Advice for Aspiring Apprentices
For those considering a career in early years education through an apprenticeship, Ashleigh offers encouraging words: “It is a rewarding opportunity; it helps you learn all the knowledge and skills while working at the same time.” Her experience stands as a powerful example of how apprenticeships can build confidence and competence in one’s role.
Ashleigh is a great member of our team, she arrives with a smile on her face and has grown in the 6 months that I have been here as her knowledge has expanded. She has become confident with the children and the activities to extend their learning. She has taken on key children and has built a lovely relationship with them, and their families.Jo Goddard/ nursery manager at Bourne End nursery school
Embracing the Future
As we celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Ashleigh Harvey’s story is a beacon of inspiration for those looking to make a difference in the lives of children through early years education. Her journey from an aspiring practitioner to a nationally recognised apprentice is a testament to the power of dedication, learning, and the transformative impact of apprenticeships.
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