nursery staff on apprenticeships at daisy chain nursery

Leading nursery cite tpm childcare apprenticeships as best tool for supporting staff progression

tpm ticks all the right boxes as childcare apprenticeships partner for high-quality children’s day nursery Daisy Chain.

Daisy Chain Nursery is a childcare provider based in Walton and Bebington. Since they first opened in Walton over a decade ago they have gone from strength to strength. They are proud to now be employing 34 members of staff across their sites. Furthermore, most of these started as apprentices and have grown with the company.

Area Manager Joanne Bower explains the importance of apprentices at Daisy Chain:

‘Our nurseries have extremely high standards. We prefer to take on apprentices because we can ensure that they understand and uphold these standards straight away. We find that employees coming in from other childcare providers don’t necessarily have the same standards and visions as us. On the other hand, apprentices tend to be on board from the start.’

Childcare apprenticeships can lead to management positions

Daisy Chain currently employs five childcare apprentices at various stages of their journey. They endeavour, where possible, to employ all apprentices when they have completed their course. Many former childcare apprentices have gone on to become managers including their area manager Joanne. This progression of staff is important to them and future management potential is identified quickly. Daisy Chain believes that the calibre of apprentices is incredibly high. In particular, the recent cohort from tpm is one of the best they have employed. tpm apprentice Hannah has just finished her qualification and is already earmarked as potential management material. Other ‘stand out apprentices’ include Bethany and Paige, who will be completing their course soon and have been exceptional employees.

Why tpm for childcare apprenticeships?

Daisy Chain has used other childcare apprenticeships training providers in the past but they prefer to use tpm now.

‘We really value that our nursery assistants go to college and understand the theory behind their job tasks with us. tpm have been incredible  – it feels like they’re part of the team. Some providers avoid accountability but tpm care about our staff and services just as much as we do. Their standard of teaching is so high and it matches our high standards. Specifically, they know our approach and they are on the same wavelength as us.’

Flexible and supportive

tpm works closely with employers to ensure that all stakeholders’ needs are met. This means that they offer a flexible and supportive approach. Joanne continues:

‘tpm knows which practical skills we are developing with our apprentices. Consequently, they line up their teaching to reinforce that. This means the apprentices can understand why we do things in a certain way. tpm are fantastic in the way that they support us when we need it. During busy times they are flexible and will swap teaching days to help us. They have worked with us for many years and they understand the demands of our business. We love this personal approach and we have got to know the team well. This familiarity and consistency mean that the working relationship is very strong. We’d like to thank tpm for the work with our apprentices over the years.’

Recognising the benefits of childcare apprenticeships

tpm learner recruitment consultant, Neil Pritchard explains the importance of working with high-quality employers like Daisy Chain who recognise the benefit of apprenticeships:

“Daisy Chain is a great example of how a nursery can use apprenticeships to recruit and develop staff who are committed to delivering premium childcare services. It’s a real privilege to work with an employer who values their staff so highly and invests in their development and career progression. Employers like Daisy Chain enable us to offer promising opportunities to the young people of Liverpool City Region, opportunities that lead to promising careers and successful futures.”

If you’re a school leaver or other individual who is interested in becoming a childcare apprentice, tpm is currently recruiting. Call Jason on 0151 709 6000 or email for details on how to apply. We will tell you all you need to know and help you prepare for interview.

If you’re an employer and want to find out how an apprenticeship partnership with tpm can benefit your business call our specialist advice team on 0151 709 6000.

To find out more about Daisy Chain please contact Joanne on 0151 521 1641

Image: from left to right, Jessica (currently studying towards her Level 2 C.Y.P.W with tpm, Alex Graham (setting manager), Myra Omari (currently studying towards her C.Y.P.W Level 2 with tpm), Paige Wilson (completed her Level 2 with tpm and is now working towards her Level 3)