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tpm childcare apprentice inspires resilience and positivity in lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest challenge the world has faced in decades. Each day we hear stories about the devastating impact on people’s lives. Understandably, this leads to anxiety which in turn saps energy and motivation. Problematic for anyone who is trying to progress on a training course. Well, to buck the trend, here’s some inspiration from Chloe, a tpm childcare apprentice who has achieved great things despite the obstacles thrown in her way by the current crisis

Determined to finish apprenticeship

Chloe McGuiness works at Sandfield Park Day Nursery in West Derby. She has just completed her L3 Childcare Advanced Apprenticeship. Before the crisis, she was enjoying her course and clearly felt well supported by her tutors:

“If there were ever any worries or questions we had regarding work set, or even regarding private issues outside of college, I felt that tpm tutors were genuinely concerned and would help to the best of their abilities.”

Everything was going well for Chloe at work too. Her manager ensured she had enough time to prepare for her trainer’s visits and to complete assignments. Even a move from her previous nursery to her current one last autumn went smoothly. But then in March, a sudden chain of events threatened to bring Chloe’s progress to a grinding halt. Firstly, her brother showed symptoms of Covid19, so she had to self-isolate for two weeks. Thankfully, her brother was fine, but Chloe was worried about how her absence was affecting the children she works with 1-to-1. Chloe was then dealt a further blow as the country went into lockdown and her nursery shut. But this just made Chloe all the more determined to succeed as a childcare apprentice.

“I couldn’t stop worrying about work and how the six children with special educational needs (SEN) who I work with would cope. This drove me to keep going and finish my apprenticeship. Finishing the course would give me the reassurance that I was doing something right, even though I can’t show my skills ‘in-person’ at the moment.”

Remote learning

Chloe had to complete some of her training remotely and rely on technology to communicate with her tpm teacher and trainer, Loretta.  Her hard work and resilience paid off. With the help of Loretta, she was even able to complete her L3 advanced childcare apprenticeship a little early.

Chloe now has a very bright future ahead of her and she is excited to continue in her role working with SEN children. She loves working with her six key children and helping them to develop their communication and other skills. She is keen to continue with her own development tool is looking for higher-level courses she can complete alongside working in her current job. For starters, she’s planning to do one of tpm‘s recently launched short online CPD courses. With her tenacity and motivation, and a tpm apprenticeship under her belt, there is no doubt Chloe can achieve whatever she puts her mind to!

Did you know can still sign up to a tpm childcare apprenticeship, even in lockdown? Contact enquiries@tpmnow.co.uk or call 0151 709 6000