Rachel Cotter – Out of School Improvement Adviser 

I have been working in the Early Years and Childcare Sector for 25 years and have had a varied and enjoyable career.

I worked for six years in a primary school as a teaching assistant supporting on a one-to-one basis a child with autism. Alongside my teaching assistant role I set up and managed an Out of School provision with a breakfast club, after school club and holiday playscheme. I started the provision in 1991 and left in 2002.  I have continuously updated my professional development during this time, including the completion of an Assessor’s Award for NVQs and the accredited SENCo training. I currently represent the Improvement and Standards Team on the Inclusion and Disability group.

 I have worked with KCC for over 20 years.  During that time I have been an NVQ assessor, a Quality Assurance mentor, a child protection trainer, childcare trainer and consultant, Setting Improvement Partner and my current role as an adviser.  Through these roles I have worked closely within multi-agency environments and teams which include: Head Teachers, School Governors, Extended School Managers, Business Officers, Safeguarding Officers, Early Years and Out of School colleagues.  I have also been involved and worked with outside agencies including Disabled Children and Young People’s working party for extended schools and a 4 Children’s representative, Kids National Development Department and DCATCH which support my role.

I am a true advocate for play and playwork, I really enjoy the challenges of being an adviser and love to deliver training.