Jacob’s nursery apprenticeship is child’s play
16 March 2016
When Jacob Edgington tells people he works in a nursery many of them assume that he works as a gardener. Instead he’s busy growing minds in the Ladybird Nursery as part of his children and young people’s workforce apprenticeship.
Jacob, 21, from Southend, said: "I think it's a bit of a
surprise to some people initially but then they get to see how good
I am with the kids. The children really love the beard and give it
a tug now and then; they treat me no different and love telling me
their funny stories."
Jacob had always volunteered at children's club and also been a
teaching assistant with older children.
He added: "This opportunity came up so I applied. My tutor comes
in as well so I'm learning in my job but also learning as part of
my qualification. I love it here and wouldn't change a thing, I'm
really proud I've got this opportunity to make a really positive
impact on these children's lives."
That positivity within his role is loudly echoed by Lynda
Bartholomew, manager of the Ladybird Nursery said: "Our staff and
children benefit from his energy and enthusiasm, and from having a
male role model in a sector which traditionally has a mainly female
workforce. Jacob's gaining practical experience and skills
alongside a highly qualified and experienced staff team, whilst
studying towards his childcare qualification."
This apprenticeship is offered at Southend University Hospital
in partnership with Vocational Training Services, who are based in
Westcliff-on-Sea and have been offering training for more than 20