TEENAGER Molly McGlaulin has been shortlisted for a prestigious national apprentice award.

An apprentice at Cherubs Private Day Nursery in Sale, Molly could be named Nursery Apprentice of the Year by the magazine Nursery Management Today.

Apprentices from all over the UK were entered into the Nursery Management Today Awards category with just five people making it to the shortlist.

The 17-year-old will now have to travel to London to meet a panel of judges, who will decide who is to be named the UK’s best nursery apprentice.

A former student of Sale High School, Molly, from Baguley, said: “I’ve always known that I wanted to work with children. One of my favourite subjects at school was health and social care and I particularly enjoyed the child development element.

“I’ve absolutely loved being an apprentice at Cherubs and can feel my confidence growing all the time. Providing a fun, stimulating environment for children is so rewarding and I’m lucky to be able to do it within a supportive team.”

Molly, who is currently studying for her Level 2 Childcare NVQ, has been an apprentice at Cherubs Private Day Nursery for the past year. She will find out if she has won the award at a ceremony hosted by celebrity presenter Ben Fogle at the London Hilton Metropole on November 25.

Cherubs Nursery Manager Samantha Malan said: “We put Molly forward for the award because she has become a valuable member of the Cherubs’ team and is on her way to becoming an outstanding Childcare Practitioner.

“We have our fingers crossed that she will win but even if she doesn’t come away with an award we’re incredibly proud that she has made it this far.”