I am now studying a Level 3 Childcare Apprenticeship at Hackenthorpe Hall Nursery which I love. You learn so much more actually working with the children than you can ever learn in a classroom situation. I work with children from 7 months up to when they start school. It is so rewarding seeing the children grow, learn and gain in confidence. When the parents drop the children off and they come running greet you knowing they are going to have a fun day, it's a great feeling. It lets you know that you're doing your job well and gives you a real job satisfaction.
It's nice to meet new people when I come into college one day a week. The tutors are really helpful and are able to answer any questions I have relating to any of the learning on the course at the college and my work at the nursery. We also get chance to share our experiences and good practices with our course mates who are at other nurseries. We often discuss how we may have coped with a situation differently which is really helpful.
The course isn’t just about playing with the children at nursery, you still have to make sure that you get the work for the course done at the same time as experiencing real work.