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tpm apprenticeships deliver the essential skills for safe, top quality childcare services

It is essential for professional childcare practitioners to possess high-quality practical skills. Furthermore, these skills should be underpinned by an in-depth theoretical understanding of child behaviour and development.

A tpm apprenticeship in childcare equips practitioners with the essential tools they need to support the children in their care safely and effectively. Apprenticeships are a tried and tested method for recruiting, training and retaining long term staff in childcare settings. tpm helps nurseries identify candidates for childcare assistant posts that arise. Then they provide the training and support to enable these staff to achieve their qualifications

Application of childcare theory

Old School House Nursery has worked with tpm for many years to ensure that their apprentices understand the theory behind the practical application they use daily in the nursery. In 2018, they won the Judges Special Recognition Award at the Liverpool City Region Apprenticeship Awards. In their last Ofsted report the nursery was praised for their excellent application of childcare theory:

They make good use of what they know about children’s interests and developmental stages to provide activities which support their learning across all areas.’

Childcare apprenticeship progression

Lizzie Fleming has worked at Old School House Nursery for seven years. She wanted to work in childcare after seeing her sister enjoying her job so much. Lizzie followed an alternative curriculum route in school and started her journey with tpm and the Old School House when she was in Year 10. She soon completed her Level 2 Childcare Apprenticeship and progressed to Level 3. Lizzie enjoyed fantastic support from the Old School House. She cites the owner and manager, Bev and Claire, as being instrumental in her success.

Childcare theory in apprenticeships

Additionally, Lizzie credits tpm for their role in her success too;

tpm were amazing. I used to be in the baby room at the nursery and it was so helpful to be able to learn about how the babies developed. We would study and read up on the childcare theory and then I could actually see how to apply it in my job. They also gave me the knowledge to know what to do in certain situations, like if I had a choking baby.’

As a tpm apprentice, Lizzie had the opportunity to explore a wide variety of skills and theory. These included:

  • Gaining an understanding of the requirements of Early Years Foundation Stage, which is the government’s initiative for observation of development sequence and rate of 0-5-year-olds
  • Safeguarding regulations, law and policy
  • Understanding the roles of partnership workers
  • Effective communication
  • Understanding special educational needs
  • Child development
  • Observing children and their behaviours
  • Planning a child’s progression

Progression to team leading

Lizzie isn’t the only former tpm apprentice at Old School House Nursery. Caitlyn Hyland has now progressed onto tpm‘s new apprenticeship standard in team leading.  The team leading course offers off-the-job training and workshops to give apprentices the skills needed to be effective team leaders or supervisors. The standard allows learners to look at a wide range of aspects of being a leader.

To be one of the nurseries who collaborate with tpm to deliver high-quality childcare services call them now on 0151 709 6000.