Eilidh MacDonald

Eilidh MacDonald

What is your name?

Eilidh MacDonald

What company do you currently work for?

RAF Childcare Centre Lossiemouth

What is your job title?

Support Worker

Provide a brief description of your business.

Daycare for Children aged from three months up to twelve years old.

Describe your career pathway after leaving school.

When leaving school I was unsure of what I wanted to do, I knew that I wanted to be doing something that involved helping people and I ended up starting my HNC in childhood practice. When I started my HNC I also started working at the RAF Childcare Centre and undertook my placement there, I realised that the job was exactly what I wanted to be doing and I have loved it ever since. I’m currently still doing my HNC.

What school subjects would be helpful for your job role?

I would say English would be the main subject that has been helpful for the role due to the paperwork and ongoing learning you have to do throughout your job role and keeping up to date with both national and work policies. As well as this, subjects like Drama are very useful as they help build your confidence which is something that’s really useful when working with children and young people, and doing drama at school definitely helped build my confidence.

What is your favourite thing about the work that you do?

My favourite thing about my role is getting the opportunity to make an impact on young peoples life’s and ensuring they get the best childhood possible, I love seeing the smile on their faces after the smallest things. I love how supportive all the staff members are around me.

Why did you want to work in this industry?

I wanted to work in this industry to be working in a role that supports people. I have always loved being around children since watching my younger sister grow up and I instantly knew the job was for me when I started.

Did you ever want to pursue another career?

My original plan when I left school was to go into child protection within the police or social work, I was just unsure on what path I wanted to take to get there. I knew I wanted to gain a better understanding of children before deciding what path to take and that’s what I’m currently doing whilst undertaking my HNC.

What does a typical day in your role involve?

I work within all the different rooms in the centre which is great as I get to develop a bond with so many different children. Each room has different days but my main jobs consist of supporting the children during tasks, going on school runs to collect and drop off the children at the local schools for our breakfast and after-school club and ensuring they arrive and get there safely, supporting children on outings in the community, cleaning throughout the day to ensure the health and safety policy is being followed.

What skills are required to do your job?

Communication skills are so important within this role, some children communicate in different ways which is also important to understand within this role, you have to communicate with not only the children but also the other staff to ensure all important information is passed on to be discussed with their parents by a senior member of staff. Working under pressure is also important, sometimes the rooms can become very busy and there can be a lot going on at once so it’s important to stay calm in order to have the best practice. It’s also important to have good creative skills, children can get bored very quickly so in order to keep them interested and excited about learning it’s great to be able to adapt and make things more fun for them.

What is your advice to young people who are considering working in this sector?

My advice would be to try and get experience in the sector, most settings will really appreciate and welcome students in to let them get a taste of what it’s like to be in this job role, it’s really good to get an idea of what it’s like before deciding what path you're going to take and it will also give you that confidence boost when you do start as you’ll have a better idea of what you need to do. DYW is also always there to support you when you're unsure of how to get to where you want to be and they also advertise apprenticeships and job roles constantly which is really useful.

Any other comments?

Working within childcare is the most rewarding job and I would not have it any other way, I couldn't be more thankful for the job role I have today!

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