Getting to know you: Adam Marycz
Tuesday, October 26, 2021
The work that early years practitioners do stems from, and continues to shape, their own values and identities. Adam Marycz discusses how his values weave into his day-to-day work with children and the early years sector.
Angelica Celinska, EYE editor
Tell me a little bit about you and what you do
My name is Adam Marycz and I'm a 29-year-old, Cisgender White Man. I'm an early years teacher and setting manager.
Currently I manage a privately owned pre-School and out of school club based in a primary school in Cheshire. We provide care and education for children aged two to five in our pre-school and three to 11 in the before and after school club and holiday club.
Alongside my day-to-day job I am completing a Masters in Early Childhood at University of Chester and have recently entered the early years social media sphere, primarily on Instagram but also on Twitter, under the name @adameyleader. This has given me the opportunity to launch my own website and blog, and start to collaborate with organisations as a freelance writer and contributor.
How did you get to where you are now?
I left college at 18 with a Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and was immediately offered a job in a toddler room at a private day nursery, 11 years later I am still working for the same company. I have moved across the age ranges from 0-11 as both an early years educator, a manager in a private day nursery and then a pre-school before moving to my current setting. I have also completed a BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Professional Studies and more recently gained Early Years Teacher Status.
I am lucky my bosses have shown an unbelievable amount of faith in me and given me fantastic opportunities to stamp my mark on the settings I have been a part of and further my professional development to extend my knowledge.
Whilst I have had varied experience so far, my favourite age to work with is two to 11 – both in the pre-school and wraparound care environment our provision offers.
What are you most passionate about in the early years?
Two things come to mind: equity & freedom. I would argue the most important part of my role is to support children to learn and grow into good people. This includes being kind, thoughtful understanding, anti-racist, unprejudiced and compassionate people.
I am passionate about providing children with the knowledge and tools they need to build the society of tomorrow that I wish we had today. Whilst we, as the first educators of these generations are where this begins, the children are where it will flourish. Inclusive practice and equity should not just be the aim, instead it should be the norm.
Freedom is another very important aspect for me in the early years. Freedom to explore. Freedom to play. Freedom to learn, grow and flourish. As an early years educator I facilitate this freedom to play in order to support children in achieving their dreams and becoming the best possible versions of themselves in every conceivable way.
What are your hopes for the future?
As well as working tirelessly to continue to have a direct, positive impact on the children in my setting, this year I have begun to engage with the early years sector more widely on social media and through this, I've been given opportunities (such as this one – writing for EYE) to engage in discussions around the current topics and challenges facing the sector. This is something I am really embracing, and I'm looking to continue to both facilitate and be involved in these thought-provoking conversations to shape the future of the early years.
I believe the only way to continue to improve the outcomes for children is to collaborate and work together, as a sector, to drive from within the change we know is needed, and I would relish the chance to be part of that.
What are your favourite things outside of EY education?
In my spare time, I like to spend time with my daughter, going on walks and taking her to experience new things, especially now COVID restrictions make that possible! I also like to go running and go to watch Manchester City!
I love podcasts, documentaries, reading the news, and reading books and articles about society and its challenges and historical events.
A lot of my passions from EY translate into my personal life too and influence what I choose to read etc. This is because I always want to grow and develop personally as well as professionally and naturally these morals and values are part of my identity.