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Michelle Samuels - Nursery Manager, Stockwell Gardens Nursery

Before I started working for LEYF (then Westminster Children’s Society) I always enjoyed caring for my younger cousins or the children of friends and neighbours. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do as a career. People mentioned to me that that I was good with children, so why not try that? Once I started I was hooked.

The attraction of joining as a trainee was the fact that I could work and train at the same time, thus allowing me to gain both practical and theoretical knowledge. The longer I worked for LEYF the more I realised it was all for the children, everything we did was for their benefit and I could see the benefits every day through the children in my nursery.

Since I started as a trainee I have had lots of career development as I have progressed from trainee to nursery practitioner, to become a Deputy Manager and eventually a Nursery Manager. The company have also given me the opportunity to gain further knowledge by gaining my Foundation Degree in Early Years and my Early Years Professional Status.

I would recommend LEYF as a place to grow and build on your knowledge for both the benefit of the children and your own continuous professional development.

Do you know any talented people who would like to join the LEYF family and help us change the world one child at a time? Refer them to us and you can earn up to £750!