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Modern Apprenticeship – Children’s Care Learning & Development

Kelsea Milton“I think studying and working at the same time has been by far the best way of doing things for me. It means I’m combining learning with getting invaluable experience.”

20-year-old Kelsea Milton loves her job as an early year’s practitioner at an Angus nursery. From an early age she had a clear picture of what she wanted to do and left school at 17 years old to go directly into a job.

Kelsea’s course work covered a variety of areas including theories, development and communication. She completed these topics in her own time and was visited by a College assessor every few weeks to assess and support her.

“My assessor was really helpful and I felt that I got loads of support from the College. I don’t feel I missed out by not going to College full time at all.”

In fact, Kelsea has enjoyed the combination of studying and working so much that she has now progressed to doing a business and administration SVQ level 3 course to complement her childcare skills.

Susie Neave, the manager at the nursery where Kelsea works, believes “employing a Modern Apprentice has been very beneficial for the nursery. Kelsea is far more used to caring for the children than a student straight out of education and she is very good at learning the theories and then putting them into practice in the nursery environment. We, as a nursery, have also been able to tailor the training to suit our needs.”