I have been working in child care for over 11 years, starting with an apprenticeship to complete my NVQ level 2 and 3 in childcare in 2007. I joined Butterflies in January 2012, and since then I have built great relationships with children, staff and parents. I love every aspect of working with babies and young children. The best part of working in early years is seeing children grow and develop, knowing that you have had an input in supporting and nurturing them all individually. Coming to work is like coming to see my second family, being greeted by happy children and having no two days the same.
When I was little, I never had a ‘job’ in mind. When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would simply reply “I want to be a mummy”. So as I got older, I knew I wanted a career in childcare. When I left school I studied the Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and began work experience at Butterflies Day Nursery. After I gained my level 3 qualification, I went on to study for my Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Services. Whilst doing this two-year course I continued my work experience at Butterflies and consequently got a job as a sessional worker. I then progressed to become the deputy manager – a job I have been in for almost four years now.
I get so much satisfaction from the job I do, it’s so rewarding to watch the children grow and know you have been a part of their lives for those first precious years. Since having my daughter I now understand the point of view of a parent more, and am able to use that positively in my role.
Butterflies Day Nursery is the third day nursery I have worked in, and I have worked here since its opening in September 2001. I first knew I enjoyed spending time with children as a teenager, babysitting for family friends. This soon developed and I knew working with children was the path I would take when I left school. After leaving school at 16, I went straight to college to train to become a Nursery nurse; but my training did not stop there. After several years at Butterflies I was given the opportunity to extend my knowledge in early years and completed my NVQ level 4 in Childcare and Management.
I have had many different roles since qualifying many years ago all of which I have enjoyed and learnt from. I am currently a senior nursery nurse at Butterflies and enjoy the extra responsibilities which I have.
From a young age I wanted to work with children, so I studied the BTEC National Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 at college. The course required me to undertake a range of placements in a variety of settings, but I particularly enjoyed the under five years age range.
When I left college, I applied for a Nursery nurse position here at Butterflies, and ten years later I am still a part of the Butterflies family. During my time here I have progressed in my role, starting as a Nursery nurse and progressing to senior Nursery nurse over the last few years. I have continued to train during my time here - most recently graduating from the University of Derby with a Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Services.
I love making bonds with children and their families and creating a home from home environment. Building up a relationship with them and sharing Magnificent Me’s and progress reports with parents is so rewarding as they get to see the progress their child has made.
As my children were growing up, I began looking after my friend’s children while she was at work and found it really enjoyable; as a result I started to look for work within the community crèche team. I really enjoyed it as the hours were flexible, so it meant that I could still do the things I enjoyed, without compromising on my duties as a mum.
Soon after, I began covering for staff holidays at Butterflies, and later became a full-time member of the team. I now work in nursery every day and get the opportunity to move around the rooms and work with a variety of age groups. During my time here, I have had the opportunity to complete my training, gaining my NVQ level 3 in Early Years. I have formed very special bonds with the children and I get greeted with a big smile and cuddle when I arrive in a morning. I love my job!
I began my career in childcare babysitting for friends’ and neighbours’ children as a teenager. As I got older, I started to take it more seriously and went on to achieve my N.N.E.B as a sixth form student in 1973.
Throughout my career, I have worked with premature babies and poorly children on medical and surgical wards supporting children up to their teenage years, and mums dealing with extremely challenging situations in a refuge. My career at Butterflies started in 2003 as a sessional community crèche worker, later progressing to community crèche co-ordinator in August 2005.
In early 2013, I joined the nursery team as a permanent member of staff, supporting the team and children in all areas. I enjoy the diversity of my role and engaging with the children in all rooms. I definitely feel the children benefit from my familiar face when they progress into their new rooms.
I qualified in 1990, and worked as a private nanny looking after two children until 1992, when I had my daughter, and later my son. I spent the following ten years at home bringing up my children and enjoying spending time with my family. As 2002 approached and my son was reaching school age, I started thinking about getting back to work. I had been told about the crèche team here at Butterflies, and in 2003 after one year of doing crèches, a full time job became available. I then began working in the Ladybird room and I haven’t looked back.
After leaving school I gained a Diploma in Care, but didn’t go straight into the profession as I didn’t feel I had the confidence. After having my own children and spending many happy and treasured times with them. I felt my confidence grew and went onto become a childminder for five years.
I started working at Butterflies in 2009 as part of the community crèche team. I continued training and qualified as a Nursery Nurse, becoming a permanent member of staff in 2011. I now have the job I’ve always dreamed of and love being part of the children’s journey in life.
Since being young, I’ve always wanted to work with babies and young children. For my work experience I chose to go to a nursery school, where I made some fantastic bonds and have so many happy memories in such a short space of time.
As I enjoyed my work experience so much, I decided to go to college to study childcare, which led me to Butterflies in 2008. Since being at Butterflies I have made some fantastic bonds with staff, children and parents. Watching children grow from babies right through to pre-schoolers is lovely - but can also be emotional when they have to leave for school.
I really love my job; the children do something different everyday which is great and coming back after a week off to lots of cuddles from the children feels amazing.
My career in childcare started when I was just 14 years old, after I chose a local nursery to complete my work experience; something which I thoroughly enjoyed. This led me to college where I spent three years studying childcare and education and an N.N.E.B.
When I qualified, I worked in a private day nursery for four years, before moving to Butterflies in 2003. My life has changed so much since then as I now have a child of my own, but I continue to work part-time in the baby room. The love of my job helps me to balance work and home life and it is never a chore coming to work. I love seeing children develop in all areas and being there when they achieve their first milestones.
I decided I wanted to work with children at a young age after helping to bring up my younger sisters, so I went to college straight from school to study childcare. I decided for my Level 3, I wanted to do an apprenticeship. This way I could get stuck into the practical side of things, building on my knowledge and skills whilst training.
I have worked in Early Years settings for 8 years now and started at Butterflies in March 2013 as a sessional worker, which later led to a full time position. I love my job and find it very rewarding and interesting as every day is different.
I studied at West Notts College and finished my Level 3 Diploma in Children’s and Young People Workforce in 2014. I have been part of the Butterflies team since 2015 and first started as a volunteer, then soon after became a sessional worker, working from room to room and getting to know all the children, staff and parents.
In the middle of July 2017, I took a maternity contract and I’m now based in the Bumble Bee room as a room leader. It makes me feel proud working with children, especially the babies, watching them learn and grow into amazing children. I love the bonds we make with them.
I am an NVQ Level 3 qualified Nursery Nurse and have been working with children for 12 years, in various settings since I left school and I love every minute of it. I have been working here at Butterflies since October 2015 and it has been a pleasure working with all the children. Even though I haven’t been at nursery for long, it has been great to build special bonds with each child and see how they progress.
I started working in Childcare around 3-4 years ago. In January 2017, I joined the Butterflies Team as an apprentice working towards my Level 3. During this time a tutor supports me through the modules and assessments which are both written or through observations.
I currently work in the Butterfly room with the 3-5 year olds and enjoy getting to see the children develop and grow into their own individualities as they get ready for going to school.
I have previously studied both Level 1 and 2 in Childcare at West Notts before starting a Modern Apprentice position here at Butterflies, working towards my Level 3 Childcare. I’m working in the Caterpillar room which is the Toddler room. Whilst in this room I help them to progress and develop on their skills to get them ready for the Pre-school room. I enjoy my job working with children because I like to help children develop and see the children grow as a person.
I started studying childcare for my GCSE’s and have enjoyed it ever since. When leaving school I completed my level 2 Children and Young People’s workforce training then went onto my Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education. During this time this in when I started my placement at Butterflies. The nursery kept me as a sessional member of staff, teaching me about how to work as a strong and respectful team. In the years that I have worked here I have made some amazing memories.
West Notts College