One of the keys to being successful in your childcare apprenticeship is making sure you make full use of the resources around you. This includes your colleagues. With a wealth of experience, they have the ability to help you progress in your apprenticeship role and learn from them.

Watch and listen

Whether you want to be a level 3 practitioner, a room leader or a nursery manager – the people you work with will have experience in one, if not all, of these roles. Take time to sit with them, take note of how they carry out their day-to-day duties and ask them questions about how they make their decisions. Not only will this give you an idea of what your colleagues do every day, it’ll also help you to decide which role you might like to progress into.

Build relationships

Getting to know your colleagues will give you an advantage during your apprenticeship as they’ll be on hand for you to ask them questions about your course, get advice and seek tips on what you should and shouldn’t do. But, it’ll also make your everyday job a lot more enjoyable if you get on with the people you work with. Be sure to make time to get to know everyone both personally and professionally.

Get feedback

Your colleagues are the perfect people for you to get feedback from, they work with you every day and will be able to tell you what you need to improve on and how you can achieve this. You could ask a more senior staff member to give you feedback on your performance as well as your coursework, as they’ll most likely have completed the same course as you’re taking.

Find a mentor

If you’re shy, nervous or simply worried about your childcare apprenticeship in any way, speak to your nursery manager who should be able to provide you with a mentor. This person will be able to guide you through your daily duties, give you advice and help you to relax into your new role.

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