I then joined a private nursery chain operating in and around southern England. Early Years childcare was originally established in Brighton and later opened settings in Worthing, Lewes, Haywards Heath, Crawley, Greenwich and Basingstoke. During my 18 year career with Early Years Childcare, I started as a nursery practitioner working directly with children aged 0-5 years, progressing to nursery management at the Hove setting, a 70 place nursery rated as good by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Along the way, gaining an invaluable wealth of experience in child development and care (including an extensive trip to Reggio Emilia in Italy to observe the practice and understand the Reggio approach to childcare).
After the birth of my son in 2004, I returned to Early Years Childcare as Playscheme Manager and was responsible for organising and managing summer and easter holiday childcare for over 300 children, aged between 4 and 13 for parents working at GlaxoSmithKlein (GSK) Pharmaceutical company in and around London and the home counties.
In 2008, I was promoted to the Quality and Development team, working closely as part of team in supporting the 9 nursery settings, developing childcare practices and standards and service levels. This led to Early Years Childcare being nominated in a number of categories at the childcare sector events (Nursery World and Nursery Management Today awards).
After Early Years Childcare was taken over by Busy Bees in 2011, I declined the offer of becoming a regional Childcare Officer, to focus my attention on supporting my close friend and colleague in setting up her own nursery in Hove, East Sussex.
I later became manager of Little Rascals Nursery in 2014, a 45 place setting in Worthing, West Sussex. In July of that year, the nursery was rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted following our inspection.
Having worked within childcare, mainly based in the private nursery sector for over 25 years, I am now equipped and ready to embrace the challenge of providing my own approach and philosophy of childcare within my own home setting.