I started working at Butterflies Day Nursery in 2001 as a nursery assistant while I completed my NVQ Level 3 in Early Years. Over the years, I have continued to train and have recently graduated from Derby University with a Foundation Degree in Children and Young People’s Services.
I have been the nursery manager for the last four years – a role which I find very rewarding and enjoyable. Working with the children is something I wanted to do since being a young girl, and to me working with children is much more than a job - it's a part of my life. The relationships I have developed with the children and their families over the years are so special and the memories I have from over a decade working in childcare will remain with me forever.
The team of staff I work with in the nursery are all very dedicated to their roles and with their help and support we pride ourselves on being an outstanding nursery.
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.
When choosing my options at school, my attention was drawn to a new course; childcare. I found myself really interested in the syllabus, so I decided to pursue a career in the area.
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 childcare but did not go straight into the profession as I didn’t feel I had the confidence. I had my own daughter in 1999 and after being on maternity leave and spending many happy and treasured times looking after her, I felt my confidence grow and felt ready to begin my career working with children. Initially I became a child minder which helped build my confidence levels even more, it was then I felt ready to take the next step in my career and I started working at Butterflies in 2009 as part of the community crèche team.
During this time, I continued training and qualified as a Nursery nurse. This paid off when, in 2011, I became a permanent member of the Butterflies team and I now have the job I’ve always dreamed of.
I knew quite early on that I wanted to work with children, but my career didn’t quite go the way I anticipated when I left school. I had various occupations such as an Estate Agent and a Redcoat, where I thrived on working with children in the Kids’ Club and the mini discos.
After a while, I decided to follow my dream and enrolled at college to study an NVQ in childcare, where I was lucky enough to get a placement at Butterflies, which eventually led to me becoming a full-time member of staff when a position became available.
I have worked in all rooms and with all ages over the years, and I could tell you a hundred reasons why I enjoy each age group. To see the children achieve milestones and watching them grow from babies to young walkers and talkers right before your eyes is amazing. The bonds we make with children and their families is so precious, and knowing someone trusts you with their most prized possession is wonderful.
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 have worked in childcare for the past six years (four years in a private nursery and two years at Butterflies) and I still love every part of my job as much as I did when I first started; from planning different activities for the children, to interaction, and building close relationships with both parents and children. I really look forward to taking children on nursery trips or outings, as they enjoy them so much and it is lovely to see. Coming to work is like coming to see my second family, the children constantly put a smile on my face and it is such a happy and friendly nursery to work at.
Working with children was always something I wanted to do from being a young age, and I am so glad I stuck with it and achieved what I wanted to achieve.
I have worked as a cook at Butterflies for the past six years, initially as cover for holidays, and more recently as a permanent member of staff.
I have worked in a variety of catering outlets throughout my career – starting out as an apprentice in schools and gaining all my qualifications here at West Nottinghamshire College many years ago. My qualifications include City and Guilds for the Hotel and Catering Industry - which I passed with credit, Food Hygiene Level 2 and NVQ Level 2 in Food and Drink Service. I have also attended courses associated with the nursery such as paediatric first aid, food allergies and intolerances, and healthy menus. All the children eat regular, healthy meals and to watch them grow up and leave ready for school, makes me feel that I have played an important part towards that. I love to hear the babies say my name for the first time, and one occasion that stands out is when I was told by a little one, “You are a lovely cooker Pat!”
West Notts College