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Mum Karen with Oliver

Blog: Full days at nursery has positive impact on child friendships

Karen Lafferty is mum to Oliver, 4, who goes to Spateston Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC) in Johnstone.

Oliver going to nursery has changed everything for me. When I saw what Oliver got out of going to nursery and what the staff could do for him, it made me quit my job and retrain as a nursery support worker.

Changing careers was a massive step for me. I used to work in a high-pressured job as a manger for a fast food franchise. It involved long hours and I was often stressed. Since changing careers just a few short months ago, I've felt much happier at work and at home.

It's a rewarding career and I'm already reaping the benefits, but it has also been amazing for Oliver. Since getting 1140 hours of early learning and childcare (ELC) in September 2019, he has gone from morning-only sessions to full-day sessions. It's meant Oliver has been able to develop friendships much more quickly and he comes home talking about what his friends at nursery did and said that day.

It's also given Oliver a taste of eating together with other kids at lunchtime and I'm glad he got to have that experience at nursery as it will prepare him for going to school.

There are also many more activities that Oliver can take part in as he can pop over to another corner of the nursery and try something else. I think having more time to develop his self-confidence is helping Oliver to explore more within the centre.

Spateston Early Learning and Childcare Centre (ELCC) is a lovely nursery and I would love to work there once Oliver has moved onto primary. The staff are really caring and very supportive of the parents as well.

It's a fantastic nursery and I recommend going to your local nursery, meeting the staff and seeing the environment for yourself.