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What is your name and role?

My name is Sanum and I am the Nursery Manager.

What fills your heart with happiness about your role?

The children truly fill my heart with happiness and most importantly being able to help young children, the team, and families in so many ways. Being a manager has given me the opportunity to get to know myself as an individual, I’ve always loved children and the thought of helping people to make a positive change no matter how big or small. I reflect at the end of each day and I can honestly say I always have something to smile about despite the challenges that come within my role.

How did you get your career started?

I’ve always loved children and I know that sounds cliche, but I really have. I am fortunate to have come from a caring and loving home with 5 sisters (4 younger than me) and wonderful parents. I was always told how amazing I was with children and people in general, I’d always be the first to help, share experiences and learn new things. Shortly after leaving school, I knew childcare was the one for me (I had gained work experiences in schools and childcare settings). I applied at Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery High Wycombe as an apprentice in 2014 and never looked back since. I had the opportunity to work with some amazing individuals who taught me along the way and my efforts and potential was recognised by many. I then went to complete my NVQ level 3 in Early Years and Education and was promoted to a Baby Room Leader which was my goal when I joined the team.

How are you supported at Monkey Puzzle to develop and progress your career?

During my time, I supported all rooms and was given the opportunity to become a Preschool Room Leader as well as an Acting Deputy Manager, even though I was hesitant to leave my babies I couldn’t let this opportunity go, so of course I accepted the offer. The journey continued, I then become the Deputy Manager and then in 2018 I was promoted to Nursery Manager!

I am very grateful for the amazing team I have here. The directors especially for believing in me from day one and for giving me so many opportunities such as completing various training and qualifications such as my level 3 and I have recently completed Level 5 in Operational Management.

What is your potential next step?

I have a vision to continue to make a positive change to young people and the generations to come. I would like to become a regional manager and own my very own nursery one day!

What would you say to anyone with a choice of early years childcare as a possible career path?

I would say to anyone who is considering childcare to just go for it.

Childcare and education has taught me many life skills, the memories I have, and continue to make with the wonderful little humans is truly priceless. The children have helped me in so many ways and have been my friends, that in itself is a tremendous thing!