#DYWKeyworker - Emma MacFarlane - CALA

Friday, 29th May 2020

Name: Emma MacFarlane

Job Title: Assistant Childcare Practitioner,

Company: Care and Learning Alliance

Hometown: Inverness

What attracted you to the industry you are in?

I have always wanted to work with children, the opportunity to gain a qualification and be hands on was perfect for me at this time.

How long have you been with the company?

I have been with CALA since Aug 2019

Describe your day-to-day role;

Being involved with children form babies to 5yrs, you are ensuring they are engaged, safe and secure and having lots of fun whilst learning, it is a busy day and never dull, always something happening.

What kind of training have you done?Have you completed any professional qualifications?

Currently undertaking my degree, nearly completed 1st year , also have completed a mixture of on line and “face to face “ training ie Child Protection, Risk Assessment, Food Hygiene, Building the Ambition, Top Tips for interacting, First Aid, Floor books etc

What skills have you learned?

Adaptability, resilience and always being reactive.

Do you like living and working in the Inverness & Highlands?

Yes, a good level of opportunities for me.

What skills are the most important for you to do your job well?

Ability to be responsive to any situation which arises, good communicator with staff, children and parents. Being part of the team, just being able to understand and empathise in a variety of situations.

Was there anything about the job that surprised you?

Nothing was necessarily a surprise, but since starting my role I can see how there is great misunderstanding of what it is like to work in this sector.

Is there anything unusual about your role?

It’s like living at home with about 30 kids – this is the only way I can describe it !!

Do you get a lot of support from your company?

Yes, especially my manager who doubles up as my degree mentor. Very appreciative of the support from her.

What’s your favourite part of the job?

Every day is different, watching the children grow and being a part of their development is really rewarding.

Did you always want to pursue a career in this industry?

Originally teaching, which led me to this

What is your advice for young school leavers looking to start an apprenticeship?

Give it a try! Its such a great opportunity and allows learning and earning money at the same time.

What is your career goal?

To further my career in childcare and giving the best care and support to the children in my care.

How does it feel to be a KeyWorker on the frontline, supporting the Country’s fight against Covid-19?

It’s a very strange time but the team around me are all doing their best and we are supporting each other. Just trying to keep “day to day” life as “normal” as possible for the families.

Tell us what makes you proud to be a Keyworker?

Being a small part in allowing people to continue going to work.