NAW Case Study – Ella Thorne-Alcazar

Why did you choose an apprenticeship?

I chose an apprenticeship because I found that personally sixth form didn’t fit me and I was struggling with it. I decided to go into childcare because I have always enjoyed having younger siblings and babysitting.

What do you love the most about your apprenticeship?

I loved the real life hands-on experience! It’s so amazing to learn all about childcare, but physically doing it and making a genuine difference and to be able to support the children is such an amazing feeling.  I love learning more and doing further courses on how I can extend the children’s knowledge. I really loved being able to create ‘family felt’ bonds with the children and parents throughout the whole nursery and knowing that they feel comfortable to be around me.

What accomplishment are you most proud of and why?

Achieving my distinction. All the different training I was able to do and complete, like my paediatric first-aid, safeguarding and making a difference in the children’s development!

In your opinion, what are the benefits of an apprenticeship?

As mentioned earlier, that hands on experiences is such an amazing aspect of the job. You really get to spend your time of your apprenticeship over-coming different obstacles and things that can happen in childcare. It’s such an amazing opportunity for learning new things! I also enjoyed being able to complete my course work in my own time as it’s really lovely knowing I can do 3 pieces in a row or space them out between a few weeks.

What skills have you develop during your time as an apprentice?

A stronger commitment in doing something I love. Having a massive confidence boost in working in childcare and being able to communicate with parents, other staff members etc.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully as an early years teacher.

What advice would you give to someone considering an apprenticeship?

Do it! Make sure you communicate with your Trainer as they are so helpful and you will learn so much.

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