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Balancing Success: nurturing staff wellbeing, growth and enhancing retention

Educ8 Training Group have been working with Greenfields Day Nursery in Rogerstone, Newport, for over seven years. Senior Account Manager Jade Evans caught up with Office Manager Jill King. She tells us how apprenticeships produce confident and competent childcare practitioners.

Staff well-being and development is a priority

Greenfields Day Nursery is a family run business that puts an emphasis on staff wellbeing, development and retention. At present the setting has a total of 16 members of staff with a mixture of full time and part time contracts. Greenfields take a proactive approach to well-being, rewarding hard work with incentives such as appreciation days, gift cards and staff events.

Staff development is highly regarded by Greenfields Day Nursery and the management team here are focused on consistent development for all of their staff.

Creating autonomous practitioners

Apprenticeships have tremendously benefitted all staff across Greenfields Day Nursery.

Staff have been given the opportunity to begin qualifications at the age of 17,  where their skill set is minimal  and have since gone on to become fantastic childcare specialists.

The apprenticeship scheme has produced confident and well trained individuals who are ready for the challenges that they face on a daily basis. Through the apprenticeship programmes, we are able to mould staff to support our business needs and encourage staff to become autonomous practitioners.

The instant impact of apprenticeships

I would encourage any business to look at using apprenticeships, staff are able to grow with the business and are assets to you. Whilst studying for their apprenticeships, staff complete theory and practice units which provide an immediate benefit to business.

The Essential Skills qualifications are also a fantastic tool in supporting the overall development of staff alongside their literacy and numeracy skills. These skills learnt throughout the apprenticeship programme have a very positive impact on our business.

‘You do what you say you do’

Overall working with Educ8 has been an extremely pleasant experience. All queries are answered immediately and efficiently. Staff at Educ8 are excellent, informative and friendly. During our time working alongside Educ8, we have developed a great relationship with trainer coaches and feel supported at all times.

Courses are vast and in depth, you show great dedication to our staff and you continue to deliver on this commitment. Study childcare with us: Childcare – Educ8 (educ8training.co.uk)

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