FOLLOWING last week's introduction to Kathleen Leighton, who was starting her traineeship at Claire's Newport Nursery, how did she get on in her first week?
In the second of a series of blogs from trainee and employer we learn precisely what the Government's new traineeship programme is about.
The employer's view: Claire Symons said: "Kathleen came into nursery on her first day bright and early. She seemed eager and enthusiastic to be here. She is going to be working with the toddlers and has already proved to be an asset. She has integrated very well with the other staff and was happy to join in the tea making rota.
"She has helped the children with messy play, enjoying painting and gluing, and the children have loved the stories that she has been reading. She is keen to learn and is proving to be an asset."
The trainee's view: Kathleen Leighton said: "On my first day I was a little bit nervous but also excited to work in a real childcare setting. I arrived early, got shown around and was introduced to all the people I would be working with. They were all very welcoming and I was set straight to work with the toddlers. Over the week I got to interact with all the children by reading them stories and I also helped them play and learn with shapes.
I think the week went really well. It was a good first experience working with children and I am more than ever convinced this is the career I want. I'm looking forward to my second week in the nursery and learning more about the procedures they have to follow."
To find out more details about traineeships through Petroc visit petroc.ac.uk/traineeships/