Ricky Bullen is the deputy nursery manager at the London Early Years Foundation (LEYF), Bird in Bush nursery. He has worked within the Early Years sector for the last 17 years, working with children from three months to eight years.
Ricky has had the opportunity to work in a mother’s aid centre, infant schools and nurseries and in 2009 he joined the LEYF family, where he has had the opportunity to learn new skills as well as aspects about himself and Early Years, which have enabled him and his team to use their experience to improve outcomes for children. He is passionate about his work in Early Years and truly believes that from birth children need to form positive attachments to significant adults in their life, particularly as many of the children in his care spend up to 10 hours a day in nursery. He strongly believes in the need to create a warm, nurturing and safe environment for them to thrive.
In this episode, Ricky reflects on his journey into leadership and the significant use of research to develop practice. Ricky shares LEYF’s values and what they mean in practice. Ricky discusses LEYF’s own action research projects Twoness of Twos and Men in Childcare.
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