Since completing my Level 3 Diploma in the “Children and Young People’s Workforce” in 2010, I gained extensive experience as a nursery practitioner in a local day nursery. My role was to support the learning and development of the children in my care and plan stimulating activities and learning experiences.
During my 6 years in the nursery setting, I worked with children from birth to 5 years and spent over 3 years working primarily within the pre-school room liaising with local schools and preparing the children for their transition to ‘Big School’.
I was also the setting’s Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator, Inclusion Co-ordinator and the named person for Behaviour Management for over 3 years. This involved supporting, planning and adapting environments effectively to suit and accommodate the children’s additional needs and learning styles. I supported children with speech and language delay and autism in accessing the learning and play opportunities of the provision on a 1:1 basis. Whilst also becoming a source of support and advice for parents and other practitioners in regards to children’s behaviour both at home and within the setting, working together in finding strategies and solutions.
In 2014, I was promoted to Senior Practitioner and integrated into the Management team alongside my role as a keyperson for children aged 2-3 years.
I also have experience in working with children aged 5-12 years as I was a Supervisor at an After School Club and Holiday play scheme attached to our nursery setting. Whilst in this position I completed my Level 3 Playwork qualification. This included managing and supporting “Risky Play” and planning and delivering play opportunities based around the elements (Water, Air, Fire, Earth).
I made the transition into home-based childcare in February 2016 and joined Bridgit at Pebbles in order to apply my experience on a smaller, more personal level as well as focusing on completing my Level 4 in Early Childhood Studies which I achieved in February 2017.