20 Sep Spotlight on Nicky
In this month’s blog we cast a spotlight on our Director of Business Development, Marketing and Policies, Nicky. We decided to ask her some more unusual, fun and insightful questions and are grateful to Nicky for being such a good sport and answering them all.
Can you tell us about your job role and where you work?
Sure, I am now the Director of Business Development, Marketing and Policies and am based at Head Office. I have been working here at Jancett Childcare and JACE Training for over 20 years. I have had many job roles within the company – my 1st role was as a nursery nurse working at Startel Day Nursery back in 1987.
What would your pet say about you if we asked for a reference?
I have a delightful 3-year-old golden retriever called Ralph. Hopefully he would say that I am cheerful and adventurous. I chat away to him when we go on our long hikes together. If he could talk he would most certainly say I do not feed him enough. Ralph loves his food……well, I guess he is a retriever.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be? And why?
Right now, I would say I would love to trade places with my friend Sally – she is cycling from London to Morocco, wild camping along the way…. just imagine the landscapes she is seeing, the simple way of life she is living as well as keeping herself fit (body and mind).
If you were stranded on a desert island, which 3 items would you bring with you?
Now this is a good question, in fact it’s a very good question……. would I really need anything?
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The fact that it’s a new day, every day is a day to enjoy.
What’s the most recent app you’ve downloaded but are yet to use?
I downloaded the Headspace App which I must use – I downloaded it as recommended by a 19-year-old.
(Headspace is the simple way to reframe stress. Relax with guided meditations and mindfulness techniques that bring calm, wellness and balance to your life in just a few minutes a day.)
What do you like the most about your job?
I like lots of things about my job – but trying to say what I like the most is hard…. I like the fact that we offer a service and it’s satisfying to get positive feedback from users of our services.
Why did you choose your profession?
I knew from a young age that I enjoyed caring for young children and so when I left school I went to college to study for the NNEB (Nursery Nursing Examination Board) qualification. I worked directly with the children in Startel Day Nursery before managing Sunbeam Day Nursery. I then qualified as an assessor and trainer and then went on to gain a degree in business management…and here I am today in marketing and policies.
What do you think about when you’re alone in your car?
I like to reflect but I don’t dwell. At the moment I think about travelling – I think about what part of the world I would like to explore next.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would it be and why?
Definitely an elephant – because elephants are social loving animals, they are strict herbivores and an elephant doesn’t have enemies in the jungle.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
This would be a voucher – my friend’s birthday was at the beginning of August and she loves keeping fit and so my friends and I went in on a group present and we bought her a voucher from a fitness clothing store.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV and why did you choose to watch it?
I barely turn the TV on – but I did watch England play their games in the World Cup 2018. Why did I watch it? Well I like football.
If you could change one thing about working here, what would it be?
I would change my desk – I would love to join the stand-up revolution with a sit-stand desk. Imagine being able to get up and move more at one’s desk.
You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
I would be any colour that’s missing from the box. In an ideal crayon box all crayons regardless of their colour would live peacefully together.
What matters most to you?
That each person feels at peace, living within a peaceful world.
Thank you to Nicky for being our nursery spotlight this month. We’re sure you’ll agree, the answers above reflect the kind-hearted and adventurous colleague we all know, here at Jancett.
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