I have been involved with early years since 1993, where I gained the N.N.E.B qualification. I started my career as a nanny and during this time I travelled to many countries and began to realise the importance or parental partnerships and the value of good quality early care and education for a child and the impact this has on their lifelong learning.
I have always invested in my own professional development and went onto obtain a level 4 qualification in early years care and education, with the Open University. I also obtained a foundation degree in postnatal facilitation with the University of Bedfordshire; this was a career side line where I facilitated small groups of mothers through the wilderness of being a new parent. This strengthened my passion for partnerships with parents.
I went onto working in preschool settings and eventually into leadership roles and this included managing a setting and a team to achieve an ‘outstanding’ Ofsted Judgement. During this time I studied with the University of Canterbury and completed their leadership and management course and then I did a level 6 qualification in Froebel Education at the University of Roehampton. I also completed a forest school qualification and this embedded the value of learning in a natural outdoor environment and how this enhances the opportunities to support children’s learning and development.
I am passionate about early years and that children are at the centre of what is offered and that they are given the best start to their early years’ education.