AN ENTERPRISING apprentice is celebrating after being heralded as a shining star in childcare.

Gemma Webster, from Helsby, was awarded the Star Apprentice Award in Childcare.

The award, presented to the hard-working 17-year-old as part of West Cheshire College's Star Apprentice Award's evening, recognises the success of youngsters who venture outside the classroom and get hands-on experience in their chosen industry.

Gemma Webster, who works part-time at Badgers Barn Day Nursery, Chester Road, Helsby, was thrilled to be presented with the award.

She said: “My bosses at the nursery treat me just like any other member of staff and I love working there.”