Leicester College & Allexton Day Nursery

The College

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More than 20,000 students study at Leicester College. Located close to the city centre, the College trains around 1,600 apprentices and offers training to hundreds of local and national companies.

Leicester College was placed 5th overall for student satisfaction in the UK in the 2016 National Student Survey for Higher Education.

The Employer

Allexton Day Nursery is a private nursery located in the West End of Leicester. Its aim is to provide an excellent standard of childcare and education in a safe and homely environment.

The staff work closely with parents to provide the best possible care and education for their children.

The Partnership

Since 2015, Leicester College has had a close working relationship with Allexton Day Nursery, one of the placement providers which also works within a community where children and parents are often in need or at risk. The overarching aim of this partnership is to give students the opportunity to experience community nursery work that demonstrates working in collaboration with parents as well as early years care and education.

The College provides a student on a regular schedule to work in their setting. At the same time, both the student and the setting are provided with support from their trainer assessors.

The Benefits

The college has benefitted from this partnership because it has developed a strong reputation within the sector for supporting students and settings overall. The reputation of the college is now being spread by that setting as staffnetwork within the sector. This not only offers opportunities for more placements but also gives the chance to the college to offer specific CPD (Continuing Professional Development) training to providers where appropriate and build the profile of the curriculum offer.

Learners have benefitted from work experience in a real setting, enabling them to grow with knowledge and confidence with children, staff and parents reflecting on the learning they carry out at both college and Nursery.

Allexton Nursery has benefitted from the preparedness of students for their placement in the nursery. The nursery also saw the tutor’s passion for their students and their personal and professional ambition which is reflected in the work and motivation of students.

What they say

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I personally find the staff at Leicester college committed to their role and with clear guidelines of procedures and expectations for the nursery and the students.

I have always found the tutors at Leicester College to be caring, friendly and approachable with a shared vision and values in the children, their families and the extended community we care for. With this in mind, I would certainly recommend Leicester College to students and to the parents of those students, as I have seen first-hand how the students are nurtured, encouraged and inspired to reach their own personal goal and to fulfill their professional skills.

Barbara Betts, Deputy Manager at Allexton Day Nursery

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