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From the office block to building blocks

Nursery owner David Wright tells how he swapped his career in IT for a life leading the under fives

David Wright

David Wright at Paint Pots Nurseries  SouthamptonJob title: Nursery Manager
Organisation: David owns four nurseries in Southampton
David Wright is a nursery owner and manager from Southampton. Five years ago, he changed career and now cares for more than 400 children every week.


After graduating with an economics degree, I spent twenty years working in the IT industry.  But in 2004, I wanted to swap the corporate nine to five for a new and more rewarding career and lifestyle.

Waving my office life goodbye, I left my job to join my wife in setting up a family childcare business.  I'm a huge advocate for men in childcare and believe that children need to have access to both male and female role models during their early formative years.

"Early years workers need to be highly skilled to ensure that children learn crucial skills that set them on the right path of learning and development"

After a couple of years with the family business, I decided to build on my experience by training towards Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) - the graduate standard for people who work with the under fives.  In November 2007 I joined the three-month validation pathway at the University of Southampton and was one of the first people to enrol.

I believe that EYPS has helped give good recognition for those working in the profession. The first few years of a child's life are so important as this is when a child's brain is formed and their character is developed. Early years workers need to be highly skilled to ensure that children learn crucial skills that set them on the right path of learning and development.

EYPS has certainly helped me to be a better manager. I'm now more reflective in my practice and rigorous in my assessments and I encourage my staff to top up their training and professional development too.

My IT days seem a distant memory. I currently own four nurseries in Southampton and am responsible for ensuring that each is run to a high standard.  I oversee all leadership and training at the nurseries and I think EYPS has helped me provide better leadership to my staff.

Page updated: 21 December 2009

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