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    Chester Apprentice finalist at Nursery World Awards!


    20 July 2022

    We are delighted to reveal that Leanne Rowlands, apprentice at Kids Planet Chester, has been shortlisted in the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ category at the Nursery World Awards 2022.

    Leanne was put forward by Louise Knight, who tutors Leanne at the Training Academy, for her dedication and giving 100% to everything she does. Louise recognised that Leanne provides lots of positive praise and reassurance to build confidence and allows the children to express themselves creatively by offering a range of materials and resources.

    The Nursery World Awards are open to everyone involved in early years education and childcare, the Nursery World Awards shines a light on best practice and helps to raise the profile of the sector.

    Leanne Rowlands commented on being a finalist:

    “I am really enjoying my apprenticeship at Kids Planet. I love that I am able to bring my creative skills and my background knowledge into my work and seeing the children’s reactions when they experience these new and exciting things is just lovely. Thank you for the nomination, I’m very flattered and it’s given me a great confidence boost!”

    Jess Holland, Acting Nursery Manager at Kids Planet Chester, said:

    “Leanne is an excellent addition to our nursery team. Since starting her apprenticeship with us she has flourished within the tots room. Naturally creative, Leanne brings her passion and expertise from her degree in art to provide inviting and engaging enhancements for the children. She has started a gardening club in tots and has used nature study to enable children to engage with new outdoor experiences, extending their learning outdoors and including their interests.

    Leanne has naturally formed excellent relationships with families and shows excellent knowledge of her key children. She strives to further her knowledge with additional training and asks insightful questions in order to consolidate her own learning. Leanne has a bright future ahead of her in childcare.”

     Training at Kids Planet

    Kids Planet Training Academy was launched in 2018 and has purpose built premises situated in Knutsford, Cheshire, as well as satellite centres across the North West. We are proud to have achieved excellent apprenticeship success and retention rates.

    With the growth of the company and increased applications from learners wanting to undertake an apprentice at Kids Planet, the Training Academy has gone from strength to strength, and we even recently came 21st in the list of Top 100 Apprentice Employers in the UK for 2022.

    To find out more about our current roles at Kids Planet, please head over to our careers page.


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