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Men In Childcare


11 July 2018

At Kids Planet, we pride ourselves on valuing our employees and recognising their hard work.  We’re particularly proud of having a number of male practitioners working within the group who provide positive role models and different outlooks and styles of working with children.   This month we’re spotlighting on our Nursery Manager, Jason Holmes… 


A little bit about you


I joined Kids Planet in February in 2015 working in Fazakerley, Greenbank and also Urmston as Acting Nursery Manager. I’m currently Nursery Manager at Southport.


What did you do before working at Kids Planet?


I completed my BTEC National Diploma in Early Years in 2006 and whilst completing my studies I worked in a school reception.


After completing this I went to work overseas for a family tour operator in Austria where I worked 5 winter seasons as a Nursery Nurse working my way up to Resort Child Care Manager.


After my time abroad, I worked for a children’s charity supporting children with additional needs and disabilities within a controlled multi-sensory environment, alongside this I completed my degree in Working with Children and Young People.


After I completed my degree I went to work as a Deputy Nursey Manager for a small college-based nursery where I also taught on the level 3 childcare programme.


I then came to work for Kids Planet in 2015 based at our Fazakerley nursery.


What do you enjoy about working at Kids Planet?


Although working as part of a group nursery chain each setting has its own unique identity, however, all work to the same procedures so it is easy to adapt when you are supporting other settings. Everyone is one team and pull together when you might need some support or ideas


Tell us about the best part of the day?


I really enjoy story time, I like to get involved in the story and bring it to life. My favourite is the Gruffalo, although any Julia Donaldson book is always a good read.


Why did you choose to work with children?


Working with children is something I have wanted to do from an early age, coming from a large family and seeing all the children growing up was something I felt I wanted to be a part of.


How do the children benefit from male presence?


I always feel that the presence of a male in the early years can have its advantages and be beneficial to the children. The boys in Pre-school tend to gravitate towards me when supporting in there.


What qualities do you think make for a successful career in childcare?


You need to be patient, fun and outgoing!






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