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Threads of Success: Equality and Inclusion Team

Meet the Team

I graduated as a qualified teacher in 1981 with a B.Ed. (HONS) degree and then taught across the primary phase as a class teacher, SENCO, deputy head and acting head teacher in a variety of small rural and larger urban primary schools in Bedfordshire and Kent. Subsequently, I owned and managed a sessional, pack away pre-school for seven years before joining KCC Specialist Teaching Service as an Early Years SENCo.  In 2010 I joined the Early Years and Childcare Service as a senior adviser, became the Area Lead for the Dartford and Gravesham districts and now manage the team of Equality and Inclusion advisers.

I have four grown up children who have kept me busy over the years. I enjoy visiting the theatre and watching Luton Town FC when time allows, and I love spending time with family and friends.

I began my work with young children and families in a small parent-run pre-school in the mid-1980s. I went on to manage the setting and initially trained as a nursery nurse (NNEB).
I have worked with a range of organisations and providers across the statutory, voluntary and private sector in addition to providing support to individual practitioners, parents, teachers and professionals working within the early Years sector. My previous roles have included time working as an Ofsted Inspector, a Quality Improvement Mentor and an Early Years Teaching & Learning Advisor.

When I’m not working, time spent with my twin granddaughters is very precious to me; I also like to be outdoors enjoying the natural world as much as I can.

I qualified as an NNEB nursery nurse in 1976 and gained wide experience within the Early Years sector and across the 0-5 age range working in day nurseries, hospitals and pre-schools.

I graduated as a qualified teacher with a BA (Hons) degree in 1999 and taught for five years before joining the Kent Advisory Service as an Early Years Advisory Teacher in 2004. I became a senior adviser in 2011 and became part of the Equality and Inclusion Team in April 2013. I have two grown up children and was privileged to be able to spend time at home with them during their early years.

When I have some spare time I enjoy walking and I love listening to live music, most of all I enjoy the time I spend with my family and friends.

My career as an Early Years Adviser began when my own children were young and I volunteered to help out in the reception class. I later went on to complete a four year full time teacher training course at Goldsmith’s College, specialising in the 3-8 age range, graduating as a qualified teacher in 1998. After teaching for ten years I joined KCC in 2008 as an Early Years Advisory Teacher for Sevenoaks district, and completed an accredited SENCo training course in 2011.

I have two grown up children, who are a great delight to me and who kindled my passion for working with young children because they were so much fun and joy to be with (and still are!). Outside of working hours I like to spend time with my family and friends, and have as many holidays as possible.

I qualified as an NNEB Nursery Nurse working firstly in a London social services day nursery. I worked with babies and children aged from six months to five years old as a Nursery Officer. I continued to work in London for twenty years in the Education department working in a range of different nurseries and a Children’s Centre. I have carried out various roles including being a SENCo, a Deputy Manager and a Manager. I moved to Kent in 2005 working for three years in the private and voluntary sector before joining Kent Early Years Advisory Service.

My son is at university and my daughter, a talented swimmer, is still at school. I am a “swim mum” and spend lots of time travelling round the country cheering her on! I love to relax and unwind by the sea in my little beach hut.

After completing my degree at University, I spent 6 months working in a school in Argentina and exploring the country. Following that, I completed my PGCE and taught in three schools in three different counties. I taught infants and my roles included class teacher, SENCo, Head of Foundation, KS1 Manager. I joined KCC as Early Years Advisory Teacher in 2006. I enjoyed being Team Leader for Thanet LCSP and worked on local projects with settings and schools. In 2010 I became EYFS SEN Adviser in Canterbury and Swale and am now an Equality and Inclusion B32dviser working in East of the County. I completed the Accredited SENCo course and I am an I Can Licensed trainer. I edit the Equality and Inclusion pages of the Kelsi website.

I enjoy singing, music, art, going to the cinema, theatre and tap dancing. Friends and family are very important to me and I try to spend as much time with them as possible.

I hold a traditional NNEB and have also achieved a BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies and Social Science in addition to Early Years Professional Status (Early Years Teacher). I have over 25 years’ experience in childcare and education and have undertaken a wide variety of courses and training from Portage and Makaton to a National College of Teaching and Leadership’s qualification for Chairs of Governors.

Since gaining my NNEB in 1993 I have worked in a variety of roles including being a Nanny to a number of private families and held various leadership roles within schools and settings including: Supervisor of a pre-school, Vice Chair of school governors, Chair of a day nursery committee and various posts within the Local Authority’s Early Years’ service, including my current role as an Early Years Equality and Inclusion Adviser.

I have worked in the Early Years sector since 1999. My experience includes managing a pre-school, working in a maintained nursery and as a teaching assistant in a reception. I joined KCC Early Years and Childcare service in 2001 and have had the pleasure of working with many settings across Kent offering advice and support and delivering training both in Kent and outside of the county.

I achieved my B.A. ( Hons) in Early Years Studies in 2010 and Level 3 certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement (QCF) in 2013. I have undertaken a variety of courses and training to support my continued professional development. This has included Level 3 Forest School Leader, I CAN licencee, Makaton and coaching and mentoring.

My current role as an Early Years Equality and Inclusion adviser enables me to use my experience to help early years settings to support vulnerable children including those with special educational needs and disabilities to receive the support they need to reach their full potential.

I completed the NNEB and Diploma in Nursery nursing in 1996 and worked as a private nanny and maternity nurse in both New York and London. I then went on to work in small private day nurseries in a variety of positions. During this time I studied part time and graduated with a degree in Law and Sociology. Subsequently, I worked in a Children’s Centre in Tower Hamlets and later moved to another Children’s Centre in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where I gained Early Years Professional Status.
I joined KCC Early Years and Childcare service as a Childcare Development Officer in 2009 and became a EYFS Teaching and Learning Adviser the following year.

I live by the coast with my husband and beautiful Labrador, Eva. I enjoy walking, reading and listening to music, and I love spending time with my large extended family and friends

I am passionate about Early Years and the benefits quality provision brings to young children and their families. Early Years is both fun and rewarding and I believe it is a privilege to work with young children during their formative years.

I joined Kent County Council as an Improvement Adviser in September 2015. Prior to this, I worked as a freelance Ofsted Inspector for Tribal alongside managing an ‘outstanding’ pre-school. My work experience collectively includes full and sessional day care with children from birth to five years old. I have worked in purpose-built and pack-away settings, privately owned and committee-run. I understand the challenges and opportunities these present. As a pre-school manager, I successfully led my staff team (and Committee) through three outstanding Ofsted inspections. This includes changing from a pack-away to a purpose-built setting.

I hold Early Years Professional Status and a Post-graduate Diploma in Management studies. I am committed to professional development and have recently completed the Award in Education and Training. As an Early Years Improvement Adviser, I support staff to identify, and understand, how to improve their practice for children.

I enjoy training, developing and mentoring Early Years staff and working with managers to enhance practice. My focus is on delivering positive outcomes, with children firmly at the centre of what I do.

I joined the Early Years Childcare and Education sector in 2004. I have been part of the Emporium Plus team (previously Treasure Chest Resource Centre) for 12 years and have achieved many goals within the service. I was promoted from Resource Centre Coordinator to Senior Resources Coordinator in 2016. I am very lucky to have such a great team to work alongside.

I have two children, Millie who is 7 and Joshua who is 3. My main hobby is paddleboarding. I also snowboard and do as much walking as possible.