“The most rewarding thing about my role is that I get to make a difference.”

Growing up in a large family surrounded by young children, Jennifer watched in amazement at how they developed and she spent a large proportion of her teenage years being the babysitter for her siblings and extended family. Jennifer found a love for teaching children new skills, as well as reading with them and singing to them. Upon realising how rewarding this was, she knew she wanted to work with young children and build a career in the Early Years sector.

Progression in the sector

Jennifer studied a CACHE NNEB in 1995 and her first role in the Early Years sector was a Nursery Nurse at a local nursery, quickly progressing to a Room Leader. Shortly afterwards, Jennifer studied a degree in Education Studies and Early Years. Jennifer’s other previous roles include Early Years Teacher, Nursery Manager and Senior University Lecturer.

Her current role is a Quality Improvement Officer, at School Improvement Liverpool, one of the leading service providers in the North West, who offering consultancy, training and professional development to schools and settings.

“I feel so privileged.”

Jennifer commented: “The most rewarding thing about my role is that I get to make a difference. I feel so privileged to be able to support Early Years Practitioners, Teachers and Head Teachers, in ensuring that they provide the best possible education to the young children that they teach.

The best thing about working in the Early Years sector is the commitment and dedication of the workforce.”

“My career has had a lot of highlights, from being asked to deliver a session at an annual conference, to being nominated and shortlisted for the Inspirational Leader Award by Nasen in 2018. I have also had the lovely feeling to be told by Ofsted that the nursery I managed was ‘outstanding’. I can’t choose just one highlight – maybe this is still to come!

“I have enjoyed the fun and laughter that working with young children and their families brings. I really enjoy working with families and sharing the most amazing years of their children’s lives with them.”

Advice for aspiring Early Years Practitioners

Offering advice to young people thinking about entering the sector, Jennifer said: “You should grab the opportunity to enter the sector with both hands. Listen to the experienced practitioners that you work with but make your own decisions and never forget the difference you can make to the young children that you have in your care. Every Early Years Practitioner that I have worked with always wants the best for the children in their care. There are lots of progression opportunities within the sector for you to build a great career.”

To find out more about CACHE Early Years qualifications, please visit our QualHub website.