Out of the smallest Acorns...

BOSS: Sarah Quinn with current Little Acorns apprentice, Naomi Maddran
BOSS: Sarah Quinn with current Little Acorns apprentice, Naomi Maddran
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A former apprentice at a Chorley children’s nursery has risen through the ranks to become the manager.

Little Acorns Day Nursery, in Clayton-le-Woods, recruited Sarah Quinn as its first apprentice in 2004.

The 22-year-old is now the boss and is currently studying towards a foundation degree in Early Years and Childcare at Runshaw Business Centre.

She said: “I started my first apprenticeship at the age of 16 because I didn’t want to go to college full-time, so doing a qualification via work-based learning was the perfect choice for me.

“I went to college on day release where I would learn the theory side of the qualification and then would put what I’d learnt into practise in the workplace.”

Sarah learnt on-the-job for three years and was promoted to the position of supervisor in 2007. Two years later, Sarah was promoted to deputy manager and subsequently manager.

She continued: “I definitely wouldn’t have moved up the ranks as quickly as I have without my apprenticeships.”

Sarah is supervised by managing director, Jennie Bracewell, who employs more than 70 staff across four nursery branches.

Three apprentices are currently employed within the group and Jennie has made a commitment to ensure all staff hold, or are working towards, a Level 3 qualification.

Jennie said: “Sarah has been fantastic. She’s everything I could want out of an employee, and more. She is a great role model to our other apprentices and has shown them what they can aspire to.

“We have excellent staff retention rates and I would say that this is partly attributable to the levels of commitment displayed from Sarah and other apprentices, which are a great example to the rest of the workforce.

“They have a different outlook and bring fresh ideas to the table.”