Threads of Success: Sufficiency and Sustainability Team

Meet the team

My early years journey began nearly twenty-five years ago when I registered as a childminder, joined my children’s Pre-School committee, became the chairperson and successfully secured permanent new premises through funding applications. During these years I have experienced working across all sectors, leading and supporting initiatives in relation to the development and sustainability of childcare. Attending many training courses, seminars and workshops has enabled me to gain valuable skills, knowledge and expertise in the sector, along with an early years and adult teaching qualification.


Early years continues to be a passion where I aim to continue to support childcare providers, volunteers and schools with business, place development and sufficiency.

I completed a degree in Health and Social Care in 2005 and gained wide experience supporting children and young people in the private and voluntary sector through various role including a Care Manager and a Senior Project worker for a national charity. In 2008 I took on the role of Youth and Play Development Officer for a Borough Council and organised a number of Holiday Playschemes for school aged children.

I joined the Early Years and Childcare Service in 2014 as a Senior Sufficiency Officer with a lead for Out of School Childcare. In my spare time I enjoy cycling, reading and spending time with family and friends.

I have been part of the Sufficiency and Sustainability team for five years . Before joining my current team I worked in KCC’s Property Department where I managed a maintenance scheme for schools and administered numerous budgets.

I am a qualified accountant and prior to my time at KCC I worked in private practice where I was responsible for generating end of year documents for small businesses.

I began my early years life as a qualified childminder in 1991 when I had my first child.
I gave up childminding in 2002 to run my own business and I became a Childcare Development Officer in 2004. Becoming part of the Sufficiency & Sustainability Team in April 2013 and completing qualifications in business support and project management. I have two grown up children and was privileged to be able to spend time at home with them during their early years. I have a grandson whom I love spending time with. In my spare time I enjoy Clay Pigeon Shooting.

I have worked for KCC for 27 years in a variety of roles. I qualified as an NNEB and my work experience ranges from working in early years provisions, working for the Traveller Service and also working in schools.

I became a District Childcare Officer in 2001 and joined the Sufficiency & Sustainability team in 2013. I have undertaken further training to gain qualifications in business support. Family is very important to me and I enjoy walking in my spare time.

I began my career in childcare undertaking the NNEB nursery Nurse qualification, I worked in Early Years and Out of school settings both as a practitioner and leading a team of staff in addition to this I then achieved my ADCE (Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education). I became a development officer for the local authority in 2002 and completed my City and Guilds teaching Adults qualification. I have undertaken a business champion course and also completed many other professional development opportunities that have arisen.

I started my career in early years over twenty years ago whilst working as a parent helper in my son’s pre-school. During this time, I gained my early years qualification working my way to Manager before I left to continue my career with the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Since then I have continued my passion to early years, supporting providers with the development and sustainability of their businesses . I continue to commit to my own professional development attending training when appropriate and gaining further qualifications in business management.

I love watching horror films, walking around castles, churches, cathedrals, gardens and enjoy working out.

I have worked in the Early Years sector since 2000 and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Business in 2013 when I then joined the Early Years team at KCC as a Sufficiency Officer.

I am an experienced and qualified trainer and have a focus on supporting committee run settings across the county. I was invited to work with the Department for Education on the development of guidance linked to 30 hours childcare in 2016/17, and worked with representatives from other Local Authorities and childcare organisations on this project.

I have three grown up sons and in my spare time I sing in a choir and am currently an elected Parish Councillor in the village where I live.

With over 30 years of experience in early years and childcare, my career began abroad as a ‘nanny’ in Greece before returning to the UK to take up a position for a number of years as a play therapist with young children and families in a residential care unit, until starting my own family.

Following several years experiencing various roles and positions in a range of early years provisions, I went on to set up and run my own full day care nursery and holiday playscheme. As part of my continuous professional development and with a passion and drive to share my knowledge and experience I gained my Cert Ed (post education) and enjoyed an opportunity and experience of setting up and running my own early years and childcare training company delivering CACHE level 2 and 3 qualification courses.

Since joining Kent County Council in 1999, I have held a variety of both quality and business positions within the Early Years Service. These have included a post as a trainer and accessor with KCC’s Kent Childcare Network NVQ Centre and following a merger the Early Years and Childcare Unit formed and I became an Improvement Advisor for the out of school’s team supporting provisions throughout the county. During this time, I worked with colleagues from the business team who I have since joined as a Childcare Sufficiency Officer. My various roles and experiences have provided me with the opportunity to access continuous professional development within the early years sector including, out of school, business and training, from which I have gained many key skills and qualifications.

I graduated as a primary school teacher with a BEd (hons) Education in 2000, and taught in many primary schools in South East London before joining a national company working as an Account Manager in teacher and aviation recruitment.

In 2010 I started working at Kent County Council as a Childcare Business Officer, and remain as part of the Sufficiency and Sustainability team.

Most of my free time is spent with my two young children and at the gym.

I joined the early years and childcare sector when my own children were growing up approximately 20 years ago. Initially I joined a pre-school management committee as a trustee taking on the treasurer role. I went on to join the staff team and studied for my early years qualifications eventually becoming the manager before taking on the role of a Childcare Development Officer with KCC 11 years ago.

During my time with KCC, and now the Education People, I have had The pleasure of supporting a diverse range of settings across the county with business matters. I have continued my studies gaining a qualification in Childcare Business Support.


In my spare time I enjoy dog walking, horse riding and reading.

I started my involvement in Early Years in 1995, as a Voluntary Treasurer to my local Charity run Pre-school, when my children were small. From these beginnings I studied for the Diploma in Pre-school Practice, qualifying in 2000 and subsequently became a Manager of privately owned Nursery.

In 2004 I took on the role of Pre-school Development Worker for the Pre-school Learning Alliance, and then subsequently transferred into KCC as a Childcare Business Officer in 2006.

I have three grandchildren who take over most of my spare time! But I also enjoy listening to live music.

My first involvement with early years education came 30 years ago. I took on the role of assistant at a committee-run kindergarten in my children’s primary school. Whilst here, I gained my early years qualification and later went on to manage a small pre-school and work as a classroom assistant in a local primary school. I joined KCC in 2003 as a District Childcare Officer and have continued in similar roles up until now. I have also continued to improve my knowledge by completing a level 5 course in Childcare Business Support. I very much enjoy meeting and supporting the range of childcare settings in the areas I cover.

In my spare time I enjoy cooking, walking and reading.

Hi my name is Sue Bailey and I am a Childcare Sufficiency Officer covering predominately Tonbridge and Malling. I have worked for Kent County Council since 2008 transferring to the Education People in September 2018. During my time with Kent I have covered Shepway, Maidstone and now Tonbridge Malling.

Previously I worked for Greenwich Borough Council for 19 years, firstly a playworker than as play development coordinator. In my free time I enjoy long walks in the country and playing with my grandchildren.