Gemma has been with KIDS since 2012  and has progressed from a sessional worker to a Service Coodinator. She reflects on her journey with KIDS and what she enjoys the most in her current role:

"My current role is as a Service Coordinator within Early Years where I work with children under the age of 8 who have a Special Educational Need or Disability and their families. I started as a Sessional Worker within a summer scheme and loved the ethos of the charity and the children I worked with. In January 2018 I became a Service Coordinator, managing the Early Years Family Centre and a shared role in coordinating the Family Groups Project.

My core responsibilities are to coordinate the provision and delivery of the inclusive nursery and also the specialist family groups within targeted Children’s Centres across Birmingham, leading on the establishment and sustainability of these groups.

Career progression and training 

I have been supported to progress through various professional development opportunities whilst at KIDS. In 2017 I had a period of supervised practice where I received my National Portage Association Certificate following recognition of passing core competencies. In addition to this I had the opportunity to complete my Level 2 Award in Understanding Autism and Sleep Scotland Sleep Counsellor training in 2018.

What I enjoy the most about my role

The aspect I love most about my job is the variety of professionals and services I network with on a daily basis. As part of the Early Years team, we work really hard to engage with families and professionals to ensure that children are given the best support possible at an early age and this is a particularly rewarding aspect of my job role. I have been fortunate to make so many friendships along the way and have been actively involved in fundraising events with friends that I have made through KIDS; completing the Great Midlands Fun Run, climbing Mount Snowdon and more recently tackling the Winter Wolf Fun!"