Inner Growth, Outer Shine

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Written by Natasha Forde
on August 26, 2021

My name is Natasha Forde and I have worked in the early years sector for over 20 years now, during this time I have worked mainly as a manager but started as a nursery nurse gaining valuable experience of the sector.

Throughout this time, I have always studied and have various qualifications including a Level 4 in Early Childhood studies and BA Hons in Early Years and Education. I have also been a learner with Hawk Training and have completed my Team Leading & Management level 3 and Stepping up to Leadership course with the company to help develop my own knowledge and skills.

Since starting at Hawk Training I am currently supporting with Level 2 and 3 Standard in early years and I'm now hugely excited to begin delivering the new Level 5 Lead Practitioner programme. 

Early years apprenticeships have evolved over the years and I feel this is important to acknowledge as the sector is continually changing, an example for this is the EYFS changes. Apprenticeships have changed over the years, allowing for learners to work and study at the same time to gain a work balanced approach to learning. There has been movement from frameworks to standards which has been a positive move to ensure learners can be challenged but supported in learning.

I am excited to support and share my vast amount of years of experience of being a manager to enable learners to become reflective in their own practice. It will allow learners to have a better understanding and knowledge of the roles and responsibilities when supporting other staff or small teams. Learners knowledge, skills and behaviour will help them to be develop and make changes to their own practice. 

Hawk Training will be the best provider to deliver this programme as we have experience of working with apprenticeships for over 30 years and are graded as an Outstanding provider. We can support the journey by providing a personalised approach and ensure an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) helping support the journey. Within the early years team, we feel we can be flexible, relatable to the learners needs and can share experience to encourage them to take ownership of their learning and become reflective learners.

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