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Having recently celebrated 15 years at Ashton House, we caught up with Deputy Managers, Beth Mayers and Stecey Campbell and asked them a few questions about their time here:

 

What do you value most about working at Ashton House?

B: When I first started at Ashton House back in 2004, it was my initial plan to work towards becoming a primary school teacher, but here I am 15 years later! As I progressed on my journey, I fell in love with the uniqueness of Ashton House. I developed an appreciation for outdoor learning, Reggio Emilia, Forest School and embraced a shared ambition to nurture an environment where children had the courage to be themselves. I soon realised the importance of these very early years and how valuable experiences in such a special place could lay the foundations for a truly successful start to life. Whilst there have been many changes across the years, the values at the heart of Ashton House remain the same - the things that I value so highly in my own life are mirrored in the Ashton House ethos.

S: Since starting at Ashton House 15 years ago, I have seen the nursery develop so much but the ethos has always remained the same. I love to see the children grow into their own little people and develop their cheeky personalities and treasure being a part of their first milestones such as walking and saying their first words. I appreciate the opportunities that have been provided to me and the support that nursery has offered, such as completing my NVQ Level 2 and 3 and attending courses in Baby Moves and Well-Comm. I am really proud to be part of such a special setting and to be a part of a team that shares the same values.

 

What do you find most rewarding working with children?

B: I am uplifted and inspired by the children every day. They remind me what it is to be authentically kind, fiercely brave and unwaveringly hopeful. I am always moved to see how the children celebrate each other's successes, usually with a funny dance or a big bear hug. They comfort each other with genuine compassion and never judge each other unnecessarily. They don't bear a grudge, instead allowing disagreements to be forgotten as quickly as they started. I love how our children are encouraged to be determined in the face of a challenge and, not to fear failure, but to get up and keep on trying regardless of the outcome - I think that it would be fair to say that I have almost certainly learnt more from the children than they have from me!

S: Seeing the children develop special friendships with each other and relationships with us, becoming confident talkers; using new words and phrases and watching them face daily challenges and take risks each day. To see their faces when they achieve something for the first time, or overcome a challenge, really is priceless. Each child is special and to be part of their journey, even more so – we often observe little moments between them as they chat, console each other or offer help, which really make you stop and realise how lucky we are to be a part of it.

 

If you could choose one thing that the children could take away from their experience at Ashton House, what would it be?

B: For me success is not only measured by a child's ability to write their name or count to 20 (although this is something that we cherish and celebrate everyday), but to have a strong sense of character; to be kind, fair and honest, to be hopeful and resilient, to appreciate the beauty in things, to have a good sense of humour, to be a great friend, and most importantly, to have the courage to be themselves.

S: To be happy. Right from the start of their journey, wherever it might be, we want the children to have fun, to be happy, to feel welcome and to be cared for – like a home from home, I guess. All of these things contribute to their development and gives them the confidence and tools to go on and be the best version of them that they can be.