Case Study "B" attended Blossom House School following this she took part in a Steps to Employment programme before undertaking an Apprenticeship in Early Years Education.
What is your current job/career and what does your job involve?
I am currently a qualified level 2 nursery practitioner and I am located in the toddler room, Day-to-day jobs include nappy changing, planning, setting up the room and garden, engaging activities, helping at mealtimes and completing journals.
What training programmes did you undertake to get to where you are today and are you still working towards any qualifications?
I have completed my level 2 in childcare with Way to Work and I am hoping to achieve level 3 soon. I have been very lucky to have been offered many training opportunities with my current setting. Courses that I have been on include safeguarding, first aid, behaviour management and use of PECS in early years.
What support did you get to help you achieve your goals?
My setting provided a mentor during my level 2 training and has continued to provide this support, with completing in-house paperwork, planning, risk assessments, journals, etc.
How supportive has your employer been and have they made any adjustments for you in the workplace?
Extremely, from support with my dyslexia to adapting the environment after I had surgery. The setting has been very supportive in all areas from health to professional development.
What is the best thing about your job or Apprenticeship?
Feeling welcomed from the get-go and having the opportunity to meet amazing children and outstanding professionals. I can't forget working with colleagues to achieve our outstanding Ofsted rating.
What challenges have you faced and how have you overcome these?
With having dyslexia, spellings have been an issue when it comes to journal paperwork. I have overcome this with support from my colleagues and using computer with spellcheck. Upon starting I felt that I was lacking in confidence with setting up exciting and engaging activities, as time has gone on, and with praise from my colleagues, a better understanding of the EYFS and more experience, my confidence has increased and I feel I provide appropriate fun activities.