Craig Black

After leaving university, I found myself stumbling into an Account Manager position within a recruitment firm. This was not the most fulfilling of jobs. I soon became bored and struggled to see myself following that path for any more time than necessary.

Coming to the realisation that I wanted to contribute to something I could be proud of, I considered becoming a social worker. Outside of work I began volunteering both with Age UK and within a children’s charity. While my interest in social work waned, my charity work didn’t. Particularly the opportunities I was afforded to work with children.

After grinding out my office job, I decided to escape to Brazil, working 6 months on a buffalo farm. The experience had a great deal of influence on my personal development and opened me to all manner of things. During my time, I came to the conclusion that I might like to become a primary school teacher, leading me to my first role as a teaching assistant upon return.

Baptism of fire describes my initial role so well that it feels wrong to avoid the expression for the sake of being original. I learnt a lot, fast; I'm sure that if it wasn’t for the other amazing support staff on hand I would not have stayed more than a month. I was fortunate however that it gave me the opportunity to work throughout KS1 & 2 and develop an appreciation of the transitions and positives of all year groups.

After a variety of positions, I feel as though I have found a home within EYFS. The level and speed of progress observed is unparalleled and the satisfaction of laying the foundation for a child’s development is incredibly rewarding.

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