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Skye's story - LEYF Apprentice

I wanted to do an apprenticeship in childcare to help develop my future. It’s true that some people would choose to go to university and study, but I felt that doing an apprenticeship and gaining hands-on experience would give me the best possible start in my career. I would be able to train and develop, learning how to provide the best care and to meet children’s need.

Whilst trying to find a place to start my course, I searched through many companies and made sure I looked at all aspects of their core values. I wanted to understand exactly what they believed in and how they put that into practice. I remember seeing that LEYF has been up and running since 1903, more than a hundred years. I realised it was an expanding company, and that made me want to be part of it.

I know that LEYF is the company to give me a better future because once I’ve completed my course, I will have a secure job and will be working with a company that have great opportunities to help me get where I want to be.

The truth is that being an apprentice is completely different to what I thought it would be like! There is a lot more to it than just sitting and playing a game with children...you learn to track and develop the children’s learning and understand how every child is different, yet so similar. It is important to understand each child individually and use this knowledge when working in the nursery.

In the end when I finish the apprenticeship I know that I will be a part of helping children grow to the best that they can be, giving them an early start to a promising future.

Do you know any talented people who would like to join the LEYF family and help us change the world one child at a time? Refer them to us and you can earn up to £750!