Freya started at Bridge Training in September 2015 and was working towards her GCSE English to help her further her career aim of working as a Childcare Practitioner.
During her first month Freya started her work placement at The Acorn Centre in Tuffley, working alongside qualified practitioners. After her first placement review it was apparent that Freya was not motivated, did not show much interest and this reflected in her punctuality and attendance.
After her first placement review feedback Freya realised that her time was running out at College and that she had to focus to achieve the targets that had been set. So how did Freya change? From that moment on Freya’s attitude towards placement was more motivated, positive and productive. With support from Sue and Dee (Managers) Freya felt that her skills were improving every day and, with each placement review, she felt she knew what she had to improve, how to apply the correct techniques for her role and what she was doing well. Freya’s development continued and she demonstrated excellent attendance, timekeeping & commitment, increased confidence with the children and parents, improved her communication skills with all stakeholders.
Freya feels that she has been supported throughout her placement by both Bridge and The Acorn Centre. She felt that the regular meetings to discuss progress and development were instrumental in her improvement and progression to her employment.
Freya is now a full Level 2 member of staff and is awaiting to complete a Level 3 Childcare qualification.
Dee, Manager of Acorn Children’s Centre, Tuffley, Gloucester
“When we first met Freya her time keeping was poor, she had a lot of sick time, lacked confidence with the children and needed a lot of adult supervision. With help and support from Mark she has improved and exceeded expectations. Her time keeping and attendance is excellent, she has grown in confidence, is able to see what needs doing and gets on with it. Freya has shown so much promise we have employed her . She is now looking forward to doing her N.V.Q. level 3.”