1. Please give an overview of your role and what this involves on a day-to-day basis:
On a day-to-day basis I make sure I follow the children's daily routine to ensure they are having fun, learning and developing. I carry out a number of daily tasks, e.g. nappy changes, filling out daily diaries, setting up new and fun activities, risk assessments ensuring the toys/activities/environments are safe for the children and staff and setting up lunch/snack etc. It is my responsibility that the children within my setting are safe at all times, but also have the time to explore, learn and develop.
2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
Through paragon I have now qualified Level 2 and Level 3 in Childcare. I have learnt many things through my apprenticeship and it has 100% helped with my confidence. I have attended many courses, such as: Peadeatric first aid, safeguarding L2, Wonders of Music etc. I have also completed many online courses, such as FGM and Health and safety.
3. To what extent do you enjoy your programme?
I love my work and wouldn't want to change it for the world! I enjoy going to work everyday and love the team I work with. The team I work with are all very supportive and are always there when I need some help or advice. We also communicate very well to ensure we are all doing our job to our best potential.
4. How well organised/structured is your programme?
I found that the organisation and structure of the programme was really helpful. In the induction I was explained what work I was going to be completing and what assignments needed to be done. I was also supported by my personal tutor which helped me stay calm and not get stressed when I was stuck as I knew I could ask my tutor for help and advice. I also enjoyed that my tutor sometimes let me chose what questions I wanted to complete next or what assignment I wanted to complete next.
5. How much support do you receive from your employer?
I received a lot of support from my employer. When I was stuck or feeling stresses/worried I was able to go to my employer and get the support I needed which helped me feel calm. Whenever I needed support I was always able to get it from either my employer or room manager. Both support me really well and I know they are their when I need them.
6. How much support do you receive from your training provider when working towards your qualifications?
If I felt like I needed support with some questions or area then I knew I was able to email or ring my tutor for some guidance/help. My tutor was always there when I needed support and always helped when I needed it. My tutor allowed my confidence to grow and was always there to support me. I enjoyed doing both my Level 2 and 3!
7. How well do you feel that your qualification (through your training provider) helps you to perform better in your role?
What I learnt within my Level 3 Qualification has helped me use best practice on a day-to-day basis in my role. From completing this qualification, I feel I have learnt more and feel I know more about my job role and the child care industry. I feel like completing this qualification is really going to help me use best practice.
8. Are there extra-curricular activities to get involved in at your work? (For example, any social activities, sports teams, or even professional networking events.)
When I'm not working, I enjoy going out and seeing my friends and family. I also enjoy going on long walks, running and home workouts! At my setting, we don't really do any company activities but we occasionally go out for a meal, or do something fun like bowling. Every year we also have a Christmas party. Last year we completed an escape room and went for a meal at Prezzo's.
9a. Would you recommend Stour Road Day Nursery to a friend?
I feel like paragon has really helped me get to my best potential within my job role. My tutor was supportive and I found the course both fun as well as informative and helpful in learning for my job role. I would 100% recommened people to go to Paragon for apprenticeship.
10. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to Stour Road Day Nursery?
I found the application process very easy to follow and apply for. I would advise them to have a look at the company website and research a bit about the role and area of work before the interview. With the interview I would advise them to just be themselves and to not get worked up. When being assessed, I would say again to just be yourself and act as if they wasn't there!