The Bright Horizons Journey of Angie Southworth (Professional Development)
Date: 14 Jul 2017
I have been in Northampton and worked in childcare for nearly 30 years. I was very lucky to meet and work with many inspirational colleagues, so I could gain experience in the public and voluntary sector. I worked in a variety of settings, from working in playgroups, after school clubs, day nurseries, which gave in a deep insight into the sector and work independently as an Early Years Consultant and Advisor.
My passion for developing and training other childcare professionals came very early on during my managerial career. When I gained my adult teaching certificate in 2000 and joined Asquith nurseries in 2012 I became a part of the ‘Training Team’. As the Regional Training and Development Manager, I covered the whole North region.
I thoroughly enjoyed this role because I was able to support many nurseries in all aspects of childcare, education, standards and expectations. It included training, coaching, monitoring, role modelling and supporting the teams during Ofsted inspections.
The range and diversity of my responsibilities has been invaluable to my own personal development and progression - amongst my proudest moments was being a finalist in the ‘Training & Development category at the NMT awards in 2013 and 2015.
When Bright Horizons acquired Asquith I was both delighted and excited at the same time to be joining the Professional Development Team as a Professional Development Consultant. I enjoy working with my colleagues as we set on a mission to support our nursery professionals to deliver high quality childcare and to ensure that the children attending our nurseries receive exceptional standards of care and education from our dedicated, skilled and knowledgeable workforce.