Hi Berni! How long have you worked at Muddy Boots?
I’ve worked at Muddy Boots since July 2016
How long have you worked in childcare & what childcare qualifications do you currently hold?
Working for Muddy Boots has been my first job in childcare. It’s been a bit of career change but being on maternity leave with Oliver (my eldest boy) made me realise that I may have a knack for taking care of kids. So I enrolled with the Open University and I am working through my BA (Hons) in Childcare studies part time. Currently I am three years in and have reached level 4 in childcare
Why did you first want to start a career in childcare?
I wanted to do something different from retail which is what I fell into whilst still in college. After working for a number of large companies you start to just feel like a pawn. I wanted a new job which had more meaning and felt more like a community and what’s more meaningful then taking care of children!
What did you do before working at Muddy Boots Nursery?
Retail management for Thornton’s (yes you can get sick of free chocolate!)
What do you most enjoy about working at Muddy Boots?
I’ve been lucky enough to join an amazing team. Everybody really looks out for each other as well as the kids. Watching the children grow and develop has also been such a rewarding experience that you never get tired of
Do you have any children yourself? If yes, what are there names/ages/sexes?
I have my muse, Oliver who is 4 in March and Elliott who is just 10 months and is already a massive fan of his Muddy Boots family
Do you have any pets?
I have a beautiful black kitten called Modi (son of Thor)
What do you like to do outside of work?
I love keeping busy, I’ll do anything to get out the house so we have lots of walks and beach days with Grandma. On a evening when the boys are in bed I love to just Netflix and chill with the hubby and a Chinese
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself…
I am a Tolkien fan, Hobbit, Lord of the rings you name it! I can’t wait to head back to New Zealand and have some adventures!
Finally, tell us your likes & dislikes!
I like my morning coffee, a good cheese sandwich and Brewdog beer with steak
My dislikes are pots left in the sink and a unmade bed.