My name is Afreen Altaf, I come from a rural village in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan. I spent all of my childhood there until I came to the UK in 2007. In September of that year, I had my first job as a cleaner in a nursery. That's when I realised that in my life, I really wanted to work with children and make a positive difference in their lives.
For several years, I worked as a dinner lady, before going on to complete my qualifications in English (learning a whole new second language was hard!), maths and childcare. My previous job was as a Project Support Officer in a company where I was working with single and lone parents.
I am a mother to an eleven-year old son who has dual diagnosis of Autism and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and whilst I recognise that every child is unique, I am able to apply what I have learned through my own experiences and find comfort in supporting others around me and seeing children developing and achieving. When I work with young children and individuals, I focus on their progress and I challenge myself to improve their general skills.
I have worked in a lot of places so far, but I have to say that Brougham Street Nursery is the best!