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What I love about working in childcare

We know that nursery staff aren’t in it for the glamour, long lunches, large bonuses or the chance to put their feet up – so what really gets them out of bed in the morning? At LEYF we know our practitioners are some of the most hardworking and passionate in the business, so we asked them exactly what it is that they love about working in childcare so much.

Louise Barrett, Early Years Practitioner at South Bermondsey Nursery

‘I am passionate about children’s learning and development. I enjoy meeting new children and helping them gain as much knowledge as they can, but also making their time at nursery stimulating and exciting. I have worked at other nurseries, and the main difference with LEYF is fun. Being able to base activities on children’s interests is the best feeling in the world because it means I can really enhance their nursery experience.’


Imma Begum, Deputy Manager at Micky Star Community Nursery

‘I feel passionately about working with children and giving each one the best possible start in life through education and nurture. I love my job as it gives me a great sense of achievement to see children develop in their own way. I also love creating fun experiences for children, giving them the opportunities which they may not have access to elsewhere. I feel proud that I can inspire each child by supporting them in their education and teaching them important skills for life, as well as broadening parents’ knowledge to help guide them along the way. I enjoy nurturing children to become more independent and find them truly inspiring to work with; they are so diverse and all develop differently.’


Michelle Black, Early Years Practitioner at Marks Gate Children's Centre Nursery

‘Ever since I was a little girl, I knew that I wanted to work with children. Children are our future, but they are sometimes misunderstood or incorrectly labelled within the community. I love working with children as I believe that by providing love, stability, stimulation and positive role models, we can help to shape the adult that child will become. It’s so rewarding seeing a child progress and the happiness they show when they have achieved something for the first time. By giving children opportunities and confidence, we can help them to reach their full potential and support their dreams. That’s why we have the most important and rewarding job in the world!’


Mandy Amass, Early Years Practitioner at Furze Children's Centre Nursery

‘I started working in childcare 8 years ago as lunchtime cover, I enjoyed interacting with the children so much I did my Level 3 CACHE. The smiles and enjoyment that the children bring on a daily basis makes my job seem so worthwhile. I find working with children with additional needs particularly rewarding for both their parents and myself.’


Shabnam Ahmed, Deputy Manager at Katharine Bruce Community Nursery

‘I love that every day is different and I never have the chance to get bored. LEYF’s values are brave, inspiring, nurturing and fun and it’s great to work in a nursery where that’s reflected in our everyday practice. I enjoy the challenge of meeting the children’s needs and watching them develop and thrive. It’s fantastic to have that feeling of ‘That was me!’; it makes me so proud to see the children learn something new.’

Bina Jeetoo, Deputy Manager at Queensborough Community Nursery

'Working with and alongside children is so rewarding, it gives me the opportunity to observe how they flourish in their development to become confident and independent learners. I particularly enjoy working with children with additional needs to try and bridge that attainment gap to success. I’m passionate about children having fun in all they do and love to see their faces light up with excitement, wonder and awe with all the creative and sensory experiences we offer. It gives me great satisfaction to see how the children have progressed, especially during ‘milestone’ moments, and it’s wonderful to celebrate their achievements together with parents. I also enjoy working with parents/carers by organising workshops to offer them tools and additional support to best meet their child’s needs at home. Working in close collaboration with parents to benefit their child can be a challenging as well as rewarding experience, but one that brings with it a sense of gratification and satisfaction that you can make a difference…. and once parents acknowledge this then the sky’s the limit!'

Marcia Bolton, Early Years Practitioner at Townmead Community Nursery

'I love working as part of a team and in partnership with parents and carers, and know how important that is.  All children need stability and routine, and I feel proud of the role I play in delivering this. As we know, you have to have an abundance of enthusiasm to work in childcare and I genuinely enjoy the company of children and adults alike. I'm thankful to LEYF Nurseries for providing me with the opportunity to do such a meaningful and worthwhile job'


Whether you’re newly qualified or have lots of experience, there are plenty of positions in childcare that will help you make the most of your talents, skills and passions. Within our network of more than 30 nurseries across London we’ll aim to place you in the nursery that’s right for you. From an Early Years Practitioner to a Nursery Manager, you’ll enjoy higher-than-average pay and excellent benefits.

So are you ready to do the most important job in London?

To find your place at our family of nurseries, visit leyf.org.uk/work-with-us/ and don't forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter


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