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Kim’s Story

Nursery Manager Kim shares her thoughts on her experience with The Leading Education and Aspiration Programme (LEAP) Higher, an innovative initiative designed to empower educational leaders and managers in the early years settings.

"I was really surprised at how engaging and interesting the course was. You don’t often think that when you hear ‘leadership and management’, but it really is!"

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Employer: Hawksfield Nursery

Job title: Nursery Manager

Course: ILM L5 Leadership and Management (as part of LEAP Higher)

Kim’s journey through LEAP Higher led to transformative insights. She returned to her setting after each session with fresh ideas and newfound confidence in her leadership style, which inspired her to engage in continuous self-reflection, a practice she found valuable in both leadership and life.

Within her organisation, the programme triggered a comprehensive reevaluation of leadership models and styles which resulted in improved team dynamics, efficiency, productivity, and overall well-being. Kim emphasised how this positive change benefited not only her nursery business but also had a profound impact on early years learners and their families.

Kim highlighted how the program encouraged open discussions and deep reflection. She also expressed her appreciation for Leadership and Management tutor Richie’s coaching, which involved probing questions and alternative ideas that broadened her perspective.

Amanda, the curriculum developer, was highly praised for her welcoming and well-organised manner in disseminating updates and information. Kim was also impressed with the level of support she received from the College. In addition to reviewing and offering feedback on assignments, tutors also demonstrated flexibility with respect to deadlines, effectively easing the pressure linked to coursework.

Kim’s clear enthusiasm for LEAP Higher is contagious as she comments: “I was really surprised at how engaging and interesting the course was. You don’t often think that when you hear ‘leadership and management’, but it really is! I would like to send our Deputy Manager on the course to learn and experience the same things I have, strengthening our leadership and management capabilities together!”

The LEAP Higher programme proved to be both an engaging and transformative experience. Kim’s endorsement serves as evidence of the programme’s captivating content and the positive, supportive, and safe learning environment that encourages networking and collaboration among participants.

Kim’s story exemplifies the potential leadership and management development programmes have to drive meaningful growth and improvement within the early years education sector. Her experience highlights how Leadership and Management courses can empower educational leaders to reflect, innovate, and create lasting positive change, ultimately benefitting staff, families, and learners alike.

LEAP Higher incorporates the ILM L5 Award in Leadership and Management, an internationally recognised qualification valued by employers. To find out more about the range of Business and Professional Development courses offered by Truro and Penwith College visit:

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