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Girl painting at St John Bosco Early Learning and Childcare Class in Erskine

Blog: Learning on-the-job is what's great about working in nurseries

Ashlie McLaughlan is an Early Years Graduate at Heriot Early Learning and Childcare Class in Paisley.

Being able to learn on-the-job in the early years sector is hugely important and it has helped me get where I am today.

I've always wanted to work with children and support their learning and development and to make a difference in their lives. I've worked in several Renfrewshire nurseries, including Hillview Nursery, St Margaret's ELCC and now Heriot ELCC, for around 14 years now. I have loved every single moment.

The role of early years graduate is fairly new and it's great that there are new positions emerging that give nursery staff the chance to progress in their career. Having already achieved my BA in Childhood Practice and been on the Froebel CPD course, I felt that it was the right move for me to take that next step in my journey and work with staff to embed creative, natural and open-ended play within the nursery.

Sharing our learning with each other is important and I encourage all team members, long-standing or new in post, to contribute to our shared knowledge and learning. I also work with staff members on training to promote our Frobelian approach to early learning.  

Ensuring our parents know what their child does at nursery and sharing their learning experiences is vital too. When we bake scones together, we make sure to share pictures and recipes with families so they can bake at home too.

Parents know they can contact us at any time to talk about how their child is doing, and they can stay and play in nursery whenever they want. Our door is always open.

Our children are enjoying being in nursery for longer days too. Having children in nursery all day lets them explore play in more depth and they are progressing better in their learning.

If the children are engaged in play before lunch, they know they can get back to it after they've eaten. It's also helped friendships develop and deepen, which in turn is helping children get ready for primary school.  

Working in early years is definitely a career that makes a difference to children and their families. It is a supportive profession and there are plenty of learning and development opportunities.

If you are thinking about taking a step up, or just interesting in getting your first job in a nursery, I would 100% say go for it.

Jobs in Renfrewshire

Want to join our Early Learning and Childcare team? We're recruiting for various roles within our nurseries now! Check MyJobScotland and apply by Sunday 19 January 2020.

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