I started my career at Bright Horizons 12 years ago and can honestly say that I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say how much I love my job.
Having always had a passion for working with children, I joined Teddies Crawley after completing my A Levels and soon realised that this was definitely the career for me. I quickly began to work towards my NVQ levels 2 and 3 and upon completion was given the opportunity to work as a Senior Nursery Nurse in the preschool unit, which I soon found to be my preferred age group and an area I continued to develop my skills and confidence in.
Having enjoyed gaining my childcare qualifications I decided to study a child psychology diploma in my own time and as my knowledge grew I applied for the position of Head of Unit of the Preschool team when the opportunity arose. Having always been a quiet and shy member of the team, I wasn't sure how well suited I would be to this role but my manager and colleagues were all wonderful, supporting my choice and helping with my development.
I worked at this nursery for 8 years and as much as I loved my time there I chose to transfer to a much larger nursery within the company in order to continue my professional development. I now work at our Reigate nursery, as a preschool Room Leader and third in charge and am so pleased that I have stayed with the company for so long.
When I moved to Reigate,I decided to study towards an Early Years degree and having achieved a 1st in my Foundation Degree this summer I am now looking forward to my last year of working towards my BA Hons. Studying for a degree as well as working full time has been a great challenge for me but the support from Bright Horizons and my manager has been amazing, accommodating my study needs by adapting my working hours too.
I would recommend Bright Horizons as a company to work for without hesitation. Being part of a large organisation not only makes you feel secure but there is so much support from others that you can only flourish! The skills, knowledge and confidence I have gained throughout the years is down to working for a great company and it is lovely to feel so appreciated and to know I am great at what I do.