Denise Higgins from Bright Horizons
Denise said: “Many years ago, I used to be a travel agent. I stepped away from it for a while when the pandemic hit and the travel industry closed, and then went back to the position in January, after everything started opening up again. After going back, I realised that something just didn’t feel right for me, and I wanted a change.
“It wasn’t exactly easy. After deciding ‘this wasn’t for me anymore’, I asked myself ‘what can I do?’, ‘what do I absolutely love?’. And for me, that’s children; I’ve got lots of my own grandchildren and being with them just made me feel so happy, so I took this opportunity to do something that I was really going to enjoy.
“After starting here at Bright Horizons, I just knew I’d made the right choice; my heart felt as if it was in the right place, you get out of bed no problem and just enjoy coming to work, which is amazing. Every day that you come to work, there is something different to enjoy; every room provides a different experience, from babies all the way up to preschool, it’s just absolutely lovely interacting with them.
“The team here are absolutely amazing; everyone here just works together to help each other when you have a question, or if you just need that extra little bit of assistance. They’ve been so supportive and encouraging during my training and early months here. Coming to work every day and enjoying what you are doing with not just the children, but the team around you as well, it’s so rewarding. Being able to work part-time as well allows me to still have the freedom to deal with my other life commitments outside of work, which is wonderful. Finding the right team, and the right place, it really makes a big difference, and now I’m at Fair Oak, I think it’s perfect for me.”
Bright Horizons offers full training for its people and currently has over 80 apprenticeships available around the UK. You can see further information about the careers available here