Happy Mondays - Nicky

Let the children come to me. Don not stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. - Matthew 19 v14

My name is Nicky Gibson and I work for Sticky Fingers Nursery. I have been married to John for 35 years and have three grown-up children and four amazing grandchildren! I trained as a primary school teacher many years ago and had been working as a supply teacher in Liverpool. About three years ago I became unsettled in my supply teaching role and applied to work for the nursery.

Every day is different, and we are constantly on-the-go! Although the children are pre-school, we have a curriculum to teach and are required to constantly observe and assess the children to see what they need to learn next.  We have meals to prepare, nappies to change, cleaning to perform, resources to prepare and first aid to attend to. We also try to support the parents in any way that we can and often sign-post them to other Imagine If projects. I am also the Special Education Needs (SEN) coordinator, so need to assess children and contact other professionals.

Working with children is never dull! I absolutely love seeing the children develop and get very excited about even the little steps the children make, like a child putting two words together for the first time! I work with some amazingly dedicated people and love working as part of the team.

There are aspects of the role that can be quite challenging, some of our children have had poor attachment to their parents and often delayed development or behavioural issues as a result. I see it as a privilege to connect with and support all of our nursery families and pray that we are making a kingdom impact.

My faith helps as I am able to pray for the children and their families. I have tried to consider nappy changing time as an opportunity to pray over individual children. I know that God cares for every single one of them and when I am finding a child particularly challenging, I can ask Him to help me deal with them in a positive way. I have also prayed about issues that I have needed to discuss with parents and found that they then approached me to chat. God cares about all the little details!

My prayer is that God will use us as a team to make a Kingdom impact with these children and their families and to see them turn to Jesus!

 Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. - Colossians 3 v 23

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