Fennies appoints new training provider


A fast-expanding nursery group in the south of England has appointed Realise to deliver its apprenticeship programmes.

Partnership announcement:

Fennies Nurseries, which currently has 20 settings across London, Surrey and Kent, will utilise Realise for the delivery of its training provision to help maintain its commitment to offering educational excellence to children under the age of five.

Fennies currently has between 40 and 60 apprentices on level 2 and level 3 programmes at any one time.

Pioneer for excellence:

Fennies has been a pioneer in educational excellence for over 30 years. Each of its meticulously designed settings boasts bright and spacious environments with the highest standards of resources and facilities, both inside and out, to nurture young minds, making every child’s learning journey unique.

Pru Barwood says:

Pru Barwood, Learning and Development Lead at Fennies Nurseries, said: “Apprenticeships are a crucial part of our people strategy and increasingly vital for the success of early years settings.

“We’ve had a long-term relationship with a training provider but felt the time was right for a change.

“The positive reputation of Realise is growing quickly in the early years sector and it is very clear that our values are aligned.

“Realise is a very forward-thinking organisation and always looking to offer additional value to settings, particularly through the vast range of webinars and CPD platforms it can access.

“The coverage of trainer assessors Realise has across the country was another huge attraction and we felt it was th best provider to take our apprenticeship offering to the next level and ensure we continue to give children aged under five, the best start.”

Fennies is due to open new nurseries in Reading, Twickenham and Whitton in the coming months.

Karen Derbyshire adds:

Karen Derbyshire, Operations Director for Early Years at Realise, said: “We have watched the impressive progress of Fennies with real interest so we are excited to have the opportunity to partner with them.

“Fennies has a huge focus on outstanding education provision and we are delighted to have been trusted to help its people progress their careers in line with maintaining those standards and to meet the expansion plans.

“With achieving a Grade 2 Ofsted rating and being selected as the principle training provider of a number of different settings right across the UK, 2023 is becoming a truly memorable year for our early years offering at Realise.”

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