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.”