Life as a Nursery Nurse.

When I tell people I work with children there is a mixture of responses, however here are two main comments I always receive “so basically all you do is sit there and colour” and “why?”.  Well I’m going to explain how I do not just “sit and colour” and why I love my job as much as I do.

I currently work in a preschool with 75 children aged 2 and half to 4 years old and it is tough! It is emotionally and physically draining but at the same time so rewarding.

Singing:

I can not sing and have spent the majority of my life getting my way out of it, well now I’m pretty much jukebox. The children give me a song and I sing it. Do I like it now? no. But it makes them happy. I often try to fall asleep with “wind the bobbing up” stuck on repeat.

Toileting:

What on earth do these parents feed their children? I often have to put vicks on my nose just to block some of the smell out. Teaching children to use the toilet is hard, I go from over reacting and getting excited when they do a wee on the toilet to wonder where I went wrong, when a child waddles up to you because they’ve pooped their pants. Then having them tell you they where too busy to go to the toilet because he was playing with a toy. I find the stickers really help with this process.

I currently have a SEN ( Special Educational Needs) child and she is my biggest yet hardest achievement. She started with me, with no English, didn’t speak  but would scream lots and would run around chucking things. 5 months on and I couldn’t be more proud! She now says 2-3 word clear sentences, communicates what she wants , will sit nicely and play alongside others and now tries new food. Our next step is school, Its going to be tough losing her.

I spend my day, wiping bums and noses, cleaning up sick, writing observations, next stepping them, setting up activities, cuddling them when they’re sad, laughing when they are happy, listening to them when a simple ‘can I play outside’ could take a while to come out, finding time to take myself to the toilet, repeat myself a million times, playing guess the stain on the top and being a nurse then they fall over. All of this in a days work explains how I do not “just sit there and colour” some days I don’t even remember to get a drink because I’m so busy, then wonder why I have a headache.

Now to the “why?”. Why do I do all this? because I love it and  I wouldn’t change any of it for the wold, ok maybe I’d change the pay as it isn’t great but I don’t do it for the money. I love my job and each and every child I have ever had the pleasure of working with will forever hold a place in my heart!

To anyone considering going into childcare, its tough and isn’t an easy option like many think but it is so rewarding. Continue with your course, you can do it!

 

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My favourite children’s books.

I love reading books with the children at my nursery, watching their faces light up as I turn the page or as I do a different voice for the characters. Here is a list of my top 5 favourite books.

 

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We’re going on a bear hunt!

I could read this book out without having it in front of me, my key children love reading this but we’re never sat down. We’re up, rolling our trouser legs up, spinning around and pretending to swim. This isn’t the quietest of stories, but its so fun to act out.

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The Gruffalo.

Julia Donaldson is my favourite author, I love all her books. This is a great one to read with preschoolers, as they can identify the photos and really get involved in telling the story.

 

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Aliens love underpants.

This one will have your little ones laughing, talking about the aliens and even talking about which pants are their favourite.

 

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Room on the broom.

Another Julia Donaldson book; it has the children in suspense as they tell you if they think the witch will be ok. It’s a good book to talk about friendship and how working together can help others. (Like tidying up!)

 

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The very hungry caterpillar.

This covers so much and really gets the children thinking. Counting how much the caterpillar has eaten, do they eat those foods and then what is about to happen to the caterpillar? Their faces light up when they see the final page.

Well the concludes my favourite books to read to children at work, not only is it great so see them smile and sometimes the confusion on their face, its also fun to read books you enjoy yourself.

 

Working with children.

Working with children can be extremely fun, exciting and rewarding  however it can be emotionally and physically draining too. But I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love my job, I adore the children I teach and remember those I have taught.

3 years at college, a lot of assignments later and  I’m in the real world, I’m a fully qualified practitioner. I’m an adult. I already had a part time job but suddenly it was all real, I wanted to get a job working with children.  Finding somewhere came easier than I had expected, thankfully I had been there as a student and knew a few of them. I started in the September 2014, being introduced to all these new people was scary. Will they like me? Will I fit in? Am I the youngest here?

I had a knot in my stomach, as I had sat with my new manger and filled out paper work. Filling in the normal stuff, but then it came to my health. Do I lie, should I tell the truth? I could feel myself welling up as I ticked the no to the mental health question. I lied but I didn’t want it used against me. I made a deal with myself to come off the anti-depression tablets. I’ll talk about that another day.

So I now work in a nursery with children who are between the ages of 2 and a half and 4 years old, we have English, EAL and SEN children. It can be quite tough teaching a child so young to now speak English when they have barely mastered their home language. Although seeing them transform over the 2 years we have them is so rewarding and I admit there are times where I’v cried because of simple little things like coming out with full understandable sentences, writing their name for the first time, or simply accomplishing something they never thought they could.

One of my little ones has amazed me so much! Fluent Polish and English, can write her own name and understands everything. She has found it hard when it comes to maths, I wasn’t overly concerned because she knew the basics, well she knew more than enough ready for school. However this particular day she made me so proud and made me think more about why I do what I do. I had a group of 6 children, all sat working on maths we were looking at numbers and quantities. You can imagine what it was like 6 children round a tiny table all wanting my attention, it was overwhelming! So for a child who struggles and will shut off and refuse to carry on, she did it! She got it, all by herself. I explained what I wanted them to do and she got on with it and got it all correct without help. Now to you, you might think this is a simple little thing but I could not of been more proud. I cried. All my hard work and dedication had paid off and it made me realise why I do what I do.

Looking back I wish I hadn’t worried so much. Thinking that being an adult would be fun, yeah I guess it is but I never imagined I’d struggle as much as I did. I never expected life to throw so many rocks my way, but I overcome them. I am now stronger than I ever have been.

Don’t doubt yourself, you can do it!

For now stay safe, happy and positive.

The first one!

My first post…

I thought making a blog would be an amazing idea, my way of expressing myself. the good, the bad and the ugly and hopefully help others. Who know’s there might be someone out there reading this, if you’re thank you!

A little about myself, I’m a 22 year old woman. Woman? Girl? Lady? All sound quite strange, using woman makes me sound old, using girl makes me sound like a child and lady, well that implies I’m elegant, which I am far from! Female, lets stick to that. So, I work in a Nursery with children between the ages of 2 and a half and 4 years old. I adore my job, it is so rewarding in many ways. I don’t know about you but I always find this the hardest bit, what do you say? Have I said enough? or too much? I am sure you’ll get to know more soon enough.

For now, stay safe, happy and positive.