Kylie decides on an early start to career

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Kylie Tallieu was brought up in Rosehearty and attended Fraserburgh Academy where she was vice-captain of her academic year.

When she left after her sixth year she began working at Maitlands as a sales adviser until she made a decision about where her future lay.

Having been involved in dance classes, voluntary work as a youth leader in the local community and a play leader at the Fraserburgh Family Centre, she always knew she wanted to work with children and had considered primary teaching.

She told us: “I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to do on leaving school but I knew I wanted to work with children and travel.

“So I decided to do both and went to work in Ireland for a year working with a family with young children as an au pair.”

On her return to Scotland, Kylie decided to apply for the HNC in Early Education & Childcare at Aberdeen College.

She explained: “I decided to come to Aberdeen as I’d heard from a friend that the staff and resources were excellent and I also thought it would be a good opportunity to meet new people.”

During her year at college Kylie travelled from Fraserburgh to Aberdeen two days a week, but as work experience is an integral part of the course, Kylie was able to secure a place at Lochpots Primary School in Fraserburgh.

She also worked part time as a private child minder throughout her time at college.

It was while she completed her placement that Kylie made her decision to continue working with early years children.

She said: “I was still thinking of going on to do primary teaching but after my placement and experience in a nursery setting I knew I wanted to work with early years and pre-school children.”

On completing college with a grade A, Kylie walked straight into a job with Albyn Nursery as an early years educator, has moved to Aberdeen, and is really enjoying her new role. She continues: “I am now able to put theory into practice and I have found that my course has equipped me well. The job is great and I know I have made the right decision to work within early years.”