Meet The Team Series: Ashlyn Gallagher

09 February 2021

Welcome to another instalment of our ‘Meet The Team’ Blog Series. Today, we introduce you to one of our Nursery Practitioners- Ashlyn Gallagher. We hope you enjoy getting to know Ashlyn and discovering what she gets up to behind the scenes through our nursery doors!

Hi everyone, my name is Ashlyn, I am 22 years old and I have worked at Rotunda Nursery for 2 years.  Rotunda staff and parents might think I am very quiet; because I don't talk particularly loudly and I’m not the chattiest person. However, I always enjoy opening the door and interacting with parents and their children: saying good morning/good afternoon, how are you? - while smiling and waving. I love to give our children and parents a warm welcome every day.  
The truth is that I am very busy in the nursery and use most of my energy being very loud and outgoing with the little ones. I enjoy planning and setting out my activities and seeing what new ideas I can come up with to keep the children engaged and curious! (Most of the time I am trying to do more than one thing at a time). In the nursery I speak all day long, engaging with the little ones and answering all their questions. Children have very curious minds and are always asking the question ‘why?’. I also get asked, "what are you doing?" "what are we doing?" “why are you getting that out?" “can I help?" "Can I have a turn?" I have lots of fun with the children and create lots of mess. I love messy play even when it gets too messy! I am always trying out new messy ideas and seeing what I can create with the children. Even if it doesn’t always go to plan, the children love getting involved and seeing what they can make. 
Apart from making a mess, I multi-task all day long; engaging with one child to the next and getting involved with their play and ideas. Whether I am busy changing nappies, helping with toileting, or tidying and setting up activities, the children always want my attention. I tell them ‘one minute’, but one minute isn’t actually a minute and they always say ‘Ashlyn it’s been a minute now’ or ‘Ashlyn has it been a minute yet?’. I quickly finish up what I am doing and attend to what they want me to do, whether it's going to look at what they have built, have a cuddle and a story, draw a picture, do a puzzle or join in with their imaginative play. Sometimes I have to be a dinosaur, a superhero, a lion or whatever they turn me into with their magic wand. From 8 am to 6 pm, it’s a very busy day and even when it turns 6 o’clock the children still have lots of energy. You have to remind them that it is time to go home; as they ask you, what are we doing next? Can I get this out? Can you do this with me? Will you play with me?  I have to say “it’s time to go home now; we will do it tomorrow.” They then ask “why is it home time?”
After every busy day, I am always reminded why I love this job. I enjoy being a nursery practitioner and joining in with children’s play and helping them explore, learn and be curious every day. Every day is different and no day is ever the same! 

Ashlyn Gallagher
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