A day in the life of a nursery worker is anything but playtime

The Sharp End: Endearing as his charges were, a nursery job was too much like hard work for Dave Waller.

by Dave Waller

This month, MT is sending me to Toad Hall nursery in Hitchin, Herts. I'm expecting tears and tantrums, and not just from yours truly. In fact, the full job spec I've been given is 'front-line' nursery worker, which hardly fills me with confidence.

I imagine getting sent 'over the top' into a barrage of Night Garden dolls lobbed by an advancing platoon of bawling toddlers.

I report for duty at Hitchin station at 7.30am, where I meet Toad Hall Group chief executive Ruth Pimental and immediately realise that my late finish the previous night may have been a very bad idea. Judging by how bouncy and energetic she is, I shudder at the thought of how pumped up the little sugar soldiers are going to be.

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