The Scottish Government recently created a new role in ELC to help ensure we close the attainment gap.
"I get immense job satisfaction seeing the children and staff thrive because of initiatives I’ve helped to implement."
"I have always been a creative individual and I’m lucky to get many opportunities to use my creativity at work."
"Giving these children positive role models and challenging experiences helps them to develop in all aspects of life."
"When you come into work, they're so excited to see you. It puts a smile on your face."
"Seeing a child happy, settled and having fun is the best feeling."
“I’ve found doing my qualifications whilst working in the nursery a lot easier than studying at a college."
Steven has big ambitions and hopes to open his own nursery practice over the next five years.
"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."
"I really enjoy working in the nursery. I've done it for 30 odd years now."
"We create an environment that allows a child to feel safe, secure, valued and trusted."
"There are so many opportunities for personal and professional development and it is a truly worthwhile career."
"Lots of my friends told me they thought I was really good with kids and encouraged me to go for it."
"There are opportunities to be creative all the time and it is one of the best things about the job."
Katy undertakes a range of training, which allows her to continually learn and develop her skills.
"The most satisfying part of my job may seem obvious, but watching the children develop is unbelievably rewarding."
"There are so many ways childcare can make such a difference to the lives of little ones."
"Putting my studies into practice at the nursery has really given my confidence the extra boost it needed."
"I have now found a career that gives me a sense of satisfaction on a daily basis."
"I love my job and feel it is very rewarding and inspiring."
"Your influence helps children’s development and they will never cease to surprise and amaze you."
"These past years have been the best part of my working life."
"It’s crucial to promote confidence, independence and social skills in young children."
"I’m hoping to go on to work through my SVQ qualifications and get as much experience as possible."