Stamford nursery managers celebrate degrees

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TWO nursery managers have proved that you are never to old to learn after completing degrees in their late 40s.

Christine Abbott and Julie Spires graduated from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln with a BA in Applied Studies in Early Childhood.

The women studied at New College Stamford together for three years before completing their final year at the university in Lincoln.

Christine, who is manager at The Children’s Garden in Silver Lane, Stamford, said: “I loved doing the degree. I hope our story shows people that you are never too old to learn.

“It has been hard work running a family home, working full time and studying for a degree but it has been very rewarding and will hopefully pay off.”

Christine, 48, was inspired to do the degree after the Government announced that every childcare setting should employ at least one graduate.

She added: “I was originally inspired to study childcare by Judith Wade who worked at Happy Days.

“I didn’t have enough GCSEs to go to college but she went along with me to a meeting at Peterborough College and convinced them to take me on.

“It’s thanks to her that I have got to where I am now.”

Julie, 48, is the manager at The Mulberry Bush at St Augustine’s School in Kesteven Road, Stamford, which opened two years ago. She previously worked at the Drift Road branch and before that as a nanny.

She said: “The degree was difficult at times and stressful but you have to think about the end result and what you will get out of it.

“It has helped me to review our nursery practices and look at ways to improve things.

“On a personal level has helped me realise that I can achieve what I set out to do.”

Christine and Julie are now working towards Early Years Professional Status.