Renfrewshire Council

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Mairi: working with children is so rewarding, I'd recommend it to anyone

Mairi McPherson, from Paisley, works as an Early Learning and Childcare Support Worker at St Mary's Early Learning and Childcare Nursery.

I love my job, no two days are the same and it's fantastic to know you're making a difference.

Before becoming an Early Learning and Childcare Support Worker at St Mary's, I worked as a classroom assistant at Gleniffer High.

Although it's a serious career, it's fun and so fulfilling. It's different to other jobs because you come in each day, play with the children, build trust with them and watch them learn and grow before your eyes.

I love working with children and this role lets me learn and gain my qualification on the job. I'm currently working towards an SSSC recognised practitioner qualification, doing work experience in the nursery and I will be attending college one evening a week. It's brilliant to be able to get experience while learning and gain a qualification while doing a job I enjoy.

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Every day is different. I currently work at lunchtimes, helping set up the dining area up for the children who are staying for lunch. I make sure the children sit at their tables and encourage them to use their cutlery and eat their lunch. It's about encouraging them and it's great when they try something they don't think they like and end up loving it.

After lunch we clean up and get ready for the afternoon. There are so many things for the kids to do, painting, drawing, reading, playing in the sand box, and it's lovely to be able to get involved and encourage them.

My job is so rewarding, I love coming in each day because every day is different. Although I'm a mother, every day is also a learning day because every child is different and what works for one won't necessarily work for another. It's great to come in every day and know you're a part of their lives.

I would recommend my job to anyone. It offers great job security and it's amazing to come in and see you're making a difference. What more could you want from a career?