Spotlight on…Joanne Henderson

Manager at Magic Tree Nursery, part of independent Belmont Grosvenor School in Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Joanne Henderson
Joanne Henderson

WHY DID YOU APPLY TO BE MANAGER?

Having worked in a variety of roles at Magic Tree Nursery over seven years, including being promoted to deputy manager in June 2018, I felt more than ready to take on the role of manager when it became vacant. I’m extremely lucky to be surrounded by a close-knit team of highly qualified and caring staff, most of whom I have worked with since I joined Magic Tree. Everyone was and is incredibly supportive of my new position. I am absolutely delighted.

HOW DID YOU END UP AT MAGIC TREE?

When I left school, I completed the BTEC National Diploma in Child Studies at Harrogate College before gaining my first job at a nursery in town. I spent several years working in a variety of settings across the area, including time as a private nanny for a number of families. But after having my first child, I decided to go back into a nursery. The job at Magic Tree came up, and I’ve not looked back since.

HOW WILL YOUR SEVEN YEARS’ EXPERIENCE AT THE SETTING HELP YOU IN YOUR NEW ROLE?

When I joined the setting, it was to work as a nursery nurse in the two-year-olds’ room. Since then, I have gained a great deal of experience working in all the rooms, from helping with the tiny babies, who join us at three months old, to working with pre-schoolers.

Since joining, I’ve gained a qualification in Understanding Children and Young People’s Mental Health and a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services. I’m also studying for a Level 2 qualification in Understanding Behaviour that Challenges.

HOW MIGHT YOUR NEW ROLE BE CHALLENGING?

One of the biggest challenges is one of our biggest opportunities: balancing the number of enquiries with the space we have. It is a good situation to be in, but can also be frustrating. But I am looking forward to it. Coming to work every day is an absolute pleasure.

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