A typical day will include an early start. I will make my way around the nursery to say good morning to the team and check that everyone is ok. After this my day is a variety of phone calls, emails, meetings, show arounds and errands. This is all fitted around any administration tasks. Interacting with parents is also a big part of my job and often they will pop in with questions or a catch up, which is lovely. I can finish up as late as 6.15pm but will often work from home in the evening.
How did you get your job?
I had worked in childcare for over 20 years and always dreamed of opening my own nursery. I approached Durrell with my idea as I knew the grounds would be the perfect setting for my vision. Luckily I convinced them that Jersey needed a nursery that appreciates the outdoor environment.
What motivates you in this role?
The reason I wanted to open my own nursery was to create an environment that I believe to be the most beneficial in early years. I studied the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, which is a hands on attitude to learning and discovering. The children are outside as much as possible and we have a huge garden for them to explore in.
Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role?
Although I have many courses and studies under my belt, I am always happy to learn new skills and continue my professional development that will benefit the children and nursery. The next course I am taking is re safety awareness training.
What are the three most important skills required for your role?
It is hard to pick just three but patience, imagination and resilience are key to running your own nursery. Compassion would absolutely be up there too.
What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession?
As well as qualifications, experience is key. It is really important to be passionate about working with children and enjoy spending time outside in all weathers. The trickiest bit is getting the work/life balance right but in the beginning be prepared to put the hours in. My final piece of advice is STICK WITH IT. When you have a successful business that you are proud of and passionate about, it’s totally worth it.
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