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Equity and Excellence Leads

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The Scottish Government recently created a new role in ELC to help ensure we close the attainment gap.

Gemma Paterson, Equity and Excellence Lead, Grangemouth

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"I get immense job satisfaction seeing the children and staff thrive because of initiatives I’ve helped to implement."

Kyle Izatt, Early Years Practitioner, Fife Council

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"I have always been a creative individual and I’m lucky to get many opportunities to use my creativity at work."

Lindsey McKinnon, Early Years Practitioner, Glasgow

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"Giving these children positive role models and challenging experiences helps them to develop in all aspects of life."

Nicole and Noah, Apprentices, Inverurie

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"When you come into work, they're so excited to see you. It puts a smile on your face."

Eileen McGeoch, Depute-Head of Centre, East Renfrewshire Council

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"Seeing a child happy, settled and having fun is the best feeling."

Rachel Allen, Nursery Practitioner, Edinburgh

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“I’ve found doing my qualifications whilst working in the nursery a lot easier than studying at a college."

Steven White, Nursery Manager, Perthshire

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Steven has big ambitions and hopes to open his own nursery practice over the next five years.

Gavin Burns, Manager Childhood Practice, Midlothians

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"It is the type of job you don’t mind getting out of bed in the morning for – in fact I look forward to it."

Jackie Smith, Early Learning and Childcare Practitioner, Inverurie

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"I really enjoy working in the nursery. I've done it for 30 odd years now."

Kerri Duncan, Senior Early Years Practitioner, Angus Council

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"We create an environment that allows a child to feel safe, secure, valued and trusted."

Lisa Duncan, Early Years Practitioner, Fife Council

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"There are so many opportunities for personal and professional development and it is a truly worthwhile career."

Nicola Johnstone, Childcare Practitioner, Inverness

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"Lots of my friends told me they thought I was really good with kids and encouraged me to go for it."

Jake Stefanovic, Early Years Support Worker, Bathgate

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"There are opportunities to be creative all the time and it is one of the best things about the job."

Katy Pollock, Childminder, Oban

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Katy undertakes a range of training, which allows her to continually learn and develop her skills.

Sheree McCorgray, Deputy Manager, Stirling Council

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"The most satisfying part of my job may seem obvious, but watching the children develop is unbelievably rewarding."

David Spiden, Early Years Practitioner, Haddington

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"There are so many ways childcare can make such a difference to the lives of little ones."

Aysha Nyass, Early Learning and Childcare Apprentice, Perth and Kinross

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"Putting my studies into practice at the nursery has really given my confidence the extra boost it needed."

Scott Anderson, trainee ELC Practitioner

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"I have now found a career that gives me a sense of satisfaction on a daily basis."

Lauren Martin, Early Years Practitioner, Angus Council

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"I love my job and feel it is very rewarding and inspiring."

Kyle Ballingall, Early Learning and Childcare Assistant, Perth and Kinross

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"Your influence helps children’s development and they will never cease to surprise and amaze you."

Julia McNeil, Manager of a day care centre, West Lothian

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"These past years have been the best part of my working life."

Thomas Cairns, Onslow Drive Day Nursery, Glasgow

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"It’s crucial to promote confidence, independence and social skills in young children."

Connor Laurie, Early Learning and Childcare Apprentice, Glasgow

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"I’m hoping to go on to work through my SVQ qualifications and get as much experience as possible."

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