Threads of Success: Equality and Inclusion Team

Meet the Team

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 have worked in a range of Early Years services for most of my working life, including the running of a successful nursery for 10 years. I was very involved with the PLA as the branch chair and tutor and am committed to the principles of parental involvement. I worked for the Adult Education service and tutored a wide range of childcare courses, was a qualified NVQ Assessor and worked as an Early Years inspector for both Social Services and Ofsted for 9 years.

For the last 11 years, I have worked as a quality improvement mentor, a SIP and Equality and Inclusion Adviser. Apart from a MA in Early Years, I also hold a Certificate in Education, Certificate in Management and a 2 year post-graduate diploma in inspection and registration.

I qualified as a teacher in 1977 and worked as a class teacher, Head of First School and Key Stage 1 Leader across a range of Special and Primary schools in Dorset, Devon, Lincolnshire and Kent.

In 1990 I set up and ran my own Day Nursery, opening a second Nursery in 2002. During this time I worked as an Ofsted Inspector inspecting PVI settings across London and the South East.

In 2004 I joined the Specialist Teaching Service as an Early Years SENCo, supporting settings in East Kent. In 2010 I joined the Early Years and Childcare Service as an SEN Adviser before becoming an Equality and Inclusion Adviser in 2014.

I have two grown up children and enjoy cooking, walking and going to the gym as well.

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.