She has dedicated 26 years of her life to a Llanelli children's charity - working with generations of families. but now Sue David has announced her retirement from Carmarthenshire Youth Association (CYCA) Chief Executive of the charity Tracy Pike who first met Mrs David in 1993 said "Sue has been dedicated and passionate about her job all her career, going the extra mile for every child. She leaves a strong team of staff who she has invested time in, now it's her time to enjoy her family, we wish her well!"
Mrs David started with the charity back in 1988 when it was then known as Llanelli Youth and Children's Association as part of the mother and toddler group with her two year old son before taking the group over. Four years later in 1992 she began work at the newly established playgroup with three children along with the after school club in the centre.
In 1998 Teddy Bears nursery became a registered setting and Mrs David became a leader. In 2003 numbers were then an average 12 in a day but six years later it had grown dramatically with 28 children attending. Once her children left after school club aged 11, Mrs David and her husband Geraint opened a youth club for 12-14 year olds voluntary with help of friends, some of whom were from the original mother and toddler group.
She has seen many changes in childcare over the years including changes in the early year's curriculum working with desired outcomes to the foundation phase. Mrs Pike added "Sue has happy memories of fun and laughter. She remembers the story bus experience when they arrived with all the children for a story on the bus. The story teller started to tell the story about the caterpillar who goes to sleep so Sue started making a snoring sound like she did normally when reading the same story herself. The lady asked very annoyed who was making all that noise! Very meekly Sue had to admit that it was her, not the children. The staff still laugh when we read the same story."
Mrs David now swaps her childcare career at CYCA to home childcare. She is looking after her granddaughter, who is nearly the same age as when she joined CYCA with her oldest son. She will soon be welcoming another grandson wth her youngest son, who has come full circle. Mrs David added "It has not been a job, it has been a pleasure going to work each day, it's a love of life."