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Meet Area Nursery Manager, Sasha

Meet Area Nursery Manager, Sasha

Can you describe your journey into working in Early Years (how did you qualify, what have been the key steps along the way)?

I started as an Unqualified part time member of staff; I completed my Level 2 in Early years and then due to having A-Levels went on to a level 4 in Early Years with the Open University. After I gained this certificate, I was promoted to third in charge, during this role I was then promoted to Deputy Manager, I then started a Foundation degree in Early years, Play work and Education [online] with Anglia Ruskin University. Once I completed this I wanted to specialise so did a top up year at east London University this was in in Early Childhood and Special Education. After completing this I moved on to a manager role. I am now an Area Manager, and I am completing a Master of Education degree at Exeter University. Alongside these roles I have been SENCO for over a decade, Student mentor for over 20 learners and Tapestry online journal lead.

What are the key things that you love about your job?

1. The children and the impact we can make so early on in their education.

2. staff overcoming learning barriers after leaving school

What advice would you give to someone who is looking to work in Early Years?

Take the leap.

It is such a rewarding career which opens the door for so many other steps

No two days are ever the same