Scottish minister visits Highlands network chair’s nursery for Apprenticeship Week

Minister for Childcare and Early Years Maree Todd visited Ankerville Nursery in Alness Monday 5 March on the first day of Scottish Apprenticeship  Week.

She was joined by Gillian Unger, Team Leader from Skills Development Scotland. She met with the nursery’s most recent apprentices as well as those that have completed their training through Ankerville.

Carol MacRae, Ankerville Nurseries owner and NDNA Highlands Network Chair, said: “Not only did she spend time with the staff in the setting but also got down to the children's level and had a cuddle and read stories with babies, toddlers and 3-5 year olds.   

“Although Maree met some apprentices she was also able to see in all our rooms apprentices working with the children.”

Ankerville Training Centre started in 2004 when the nursery group saw the benefits of training while working in a nursery setting. They have seen just over 50 apprentices complete their VQ with Ankerville. They usually take on five apprentices per year.
Carol added: “Ankerville is very much a family concern and staff and apprentices alike are valued equally. We believe that the children need staff/apprentices who are committed in giving them the very best start in life and to do this we need positive hard working role models to support and mould the staff of the future.“

We are passionate about providing a child-centred learning environment that meets the flexible needs of parents but still retaining a quality environment.”

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