07 Mar Apprentice Stacey has dream job in childcare
Stacey grew up with four younger siblings.. so career in childcare came naturally.
The siblings’ ages range from 27 to eight, with 17-year-old Stacey bang in the middle.
But instead of putting her off, her family life has inspired her to make children her job.
Stacey is a modern apprentice at a nursery in Kirkintilloch, near Glasgow, training to be an early years practitioner.
She said: “Since I was really young, I knew this was what I wanted to be.”
Stacey attends training classes at Experiential Play which benefits her work with children offering her support completing documents needed to be a childcare practitioner and has helped build her confidence.
Getting to know the individual children and understanding their developing personalities is her favourite part of the job. She is happiest in the messy corner, painting and doing arts and crafts. The nursery where she works, Riverside, is next to the Kelvin and surrounded by trees, so the children spend lots of time outdoors.
A modern apprenticeship has allowed Stacey to realise her ambition of working with children without being stuck in a classroom.
She said: “I wasn’t really a school person. It’s either for you or not and it wasn’t for me. This is a better way for me to learn.”
Now she’s at college once a fortnight and will have finished her course by April. Riverside – where she has been voted apprentice of the year – are keeping her on.
Stacey said: “If I knew anyone considering taking up an apprenticeship I would say take it, the first chance you have.
“I have had the most amazing experience and have learned so much during my time as an apprentice.
“Staff and parents voted me apprentice of the year at the nursery.
“I have received many encouraging messages from the parents saying how well I work and how much this has helped their children.
“I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me when I qualify as an early years practitioner.”