There was a special event at Birkbees nursery as Susan, the manager, celebrated 40 years working in childcare. There was a fantastic cake and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers.
A bit of background information;
I studied for my NNEB at Huddersfield Technical College , qualifying in June 1977 and then went on to work as a nanny for 4 years, leaving there to get married and raise my own two children.
Once they were at school I returned to nursery work at Willow House Nursery, working on the university campus looking after staff and students children. I was there for 10 years before moving on to First Class Nursery which, at the time, was run by Kirklees College.
I stayed there for 17 very happy years, progressing from nursery nurse to senior and then deputy manager before the college decided to relocate and sell the nursery.
Following this I took a job at Hawthorns Nursery in Skelmanthorpe, a lovely village nursery, where I covered as deputy manager for maternity leave and then became manager.
My next move was to Birkbees, where I am now nursery manager. It’s a coincidence that Birkbees is part of the group of nurseries who bought First Class from the college, so I was reunited with some old friends as well as making lots of new ones!
Working in childcare is such a rewarding career and I can’t imagine I would ever do anything else. Getting to know each child and their family, watching children grow and develop and being there as support through all the challenges family life can bring, what can be more important than that?