Nursery head who cuts the mustard

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A local nursery manager has shown she truly cuts the 
mustard when it comes to looking after children.

Gillian Mustard (44) is manager of First Adventures Nursery in Linlithgow and recently received the Wellbeing Student of the Year award, for helping others with their studies as well as her own exemplary work, at West Lothian College’s graduation ceremony.

As manager of the High Street nursery, Gillian is required by the Scottish Social Services Council to hold or be working towards her Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Level 9 award.

To achieve this, Gillian successfully completed an HNC and HND Childhood Practice part-time evening course this year, and is continuing her studies with the Professional Development Award (PDA) Childhood Practice course, which puts her on track to achieve her Level 9 award in two years’ time.

As well as balancing work and family commitments, Gillian’s experience also saw her take on the role of mentor to her course mates.

Her leadership qualities were praised as she helped bring her group through 
a difficult research project with motivation and enthusiasm.

Mother-of-one Gillian said: “I was pleased to receive the award but I’m not sure I did anything special to deserve it! I just did what I always do and try and help those who need it.

‘‘If people need advice and come to me, then I’ll do my best to help, probably because I’m used to helping others through my work as a 
nursery manager.”