I have been working in childcare since 1997 and have found it to be the most rewarding career to date. Every day is different and the children always surprise me with their unique way of seeing the world. Through my training at Brighton University, I have gained a better understanding of how children develop and the importance of play in developing the skills they need to understand and be a part of that world. I enjoy helping children discover new skills, seeing them grow in confidence and become independent little people.
When my own children started academy, I began my long career in childcare. I wanted a career that was interesting, fulfilling and rewarding. Childcare can be hard work, however when a child masters a new skill, that I have helped to develop, it makes me feel proud of what I do. I enjoy being hands on with the children, developing their skills and extending their interests so that they are happy to learn and become confident and competent, this I find very satisfying.
I became interested in childcare after volunteering to work in a nursery for children with special needs after leaving academy. I went on to study as a nursery nurse and have not looked back since. I have been fortunate enough to work in several settings, gaining knowledge along the way to develop my practice. I find my job extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Each day is challenging, hard work at times, but always worthwhile, such as when a child reaches a milestone or when you get the beam of a smile from a child as they arrive for their session.
I have worked at the nursery since it opened in 2005 and have seen many changes. I am available every afternoon to help parents and carers understand the many intricacies of the Free Entitlement, to book nursery sessions, or to answer any queries you may have.
Each morning, I can be found in the Primary Academy, supporting individual children as a Special Needs Teaching Assistant, which I really enjoy and find very rewarding.
I have gained nine years’ experience working in a range of different nursery settings, supporting children between the ages of two and four.
It is lovely to see children progress and know that I am a part of that.
I have worked in childcare since 2008, after having children of my own. I gained my Childcare NVQ’s and also moved on to assess others doing their qualifications. I have had experience with 0 – 11 year olds, in a previous nursery and by running a 4 – 11 year old holiday club.
Working with children means that my day is going to be, fun, rewarding and challenging at the same time – all the thing that make me happy to be here. I find it rewarding helping and watching children learn through play and developing through their experiences.
Working in a strong team, we all bring our own experiences and knowledge to support the children in the best way possible.
All other staff hold a relevant Early Years qualification at Level 3 as a minimum.
All staff are Paediatric First Aid trained.
We employ qualified casual staff, support Early Years childcare students and welcome parent/carer volunteers.