My previous experience in child care and development has been achieved through child minding, during my own childrens younger years. Watching children develop at different stages was fascinating so it seemed natural to develop my own understanding with further study and training.
I have been the proud owner of the Pre-school for the last 20 years.We are fortunate to have a strong and loyal staff, many have been with me from the start. It is a delight to work in a setting based in the village where I grew up and now we have moved onto the primary school site , the school I attended many years ago.
It is a joy to work in Early Years, often being the first adults outside the family to support and influence childrens development.
I recently joined the Kent Provider Association Board as the representative for the Ashford District and am the deputy chair of the Ashford Early Years Collaboration which ensures we access relevant training alongside practitioners throughout 25 other Eary Yeasr Providers.
Tracey has worked at the Pre-school since February 1999
As Deputy Manager Tracey endeavours to keep abreast of changes in legislation and good practise. Her dedication to promote and achieve strong partnerships with parents and families is evidence of her committment to childrens well being. She completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies and then went on to acheive a BA (Hons) Degree in Early Years Studies, which enabled her to qualify for the Early Years Teacher Status. Tracey ensures the latest information is posted on our website. She updates the photo galleries reflecting on activities and outings. Tracey has been proactive with introducing 'Tapestry' ( an online assessment tool ) to the setting. She mentors all staff on how to use Tapestry and facilitates the analysis section so that childrens progress is tracked regularly.
Recently Tracey and her partner have become 'foster carers' and have welcomed a long term child into their family.
Lynn has worked at Pre-school since January 2000
Over the years Lynn has embarked on Professional development and completed a Foundation Degree in Early Years Studies. Lynn is a senior member of staff with a wealth of experience in working towards the best outcomes for children and families. More recently Lynn followed a child into mainstream school, supporting transition. This resulted in a part time post within reception to ensure the childs needs were understood and met.
As a keyperson Lynn endeavours to promote learning with her keychildren paying particular attention to their interests.
Lynn regularly takes a lead position in sessions to cover training needs.
Theresa has been a member of our team since January 1997. She brings a wealth of experience. Theresa keeps abreast of changes in legislation and is involved in auditing various areas of the setting to ensure we maintain a fresh and exciting environment. She is excellent at looking from the childs perspective. Theresa supports the management with her research into the 'Tapestry' analysis tools and offers ideas to implement with observation and planning.
Amelia has worked at Pre-school since October 2010. Amelia has previous experience through employment at a pre-school just outside the county.Amelia deliovers 'Fun Train' at local village halls promoting a love of music and movement from babies through to toddlers. She brings energy and enthusiasm to the team. She is a part time member of staff regulary answering an early morning call to cover staff absence. Amelia has a great understanding of child development through her work and as a parent of three young children. She contributes to staff meetings and decision making and is happy to challenge ideas to achieve best practise.
Deb has worked at Pre-school since September 2003. Deb is qualified as a practitioner holding a level 3 in childcare and development. She has a group of keychildren who thrive under her observation and planning. Deb takes pride in helping all children reach there full potential. With a family of her own she has many years expereince to draw on and often puts forward ideas to expand childrens development.
Pip joined us in October 2017. She had expressed a wish to return to Early Years and applied for the role of Practioner when a vacancy arose.
She holds a Diploma in Nursery Nursing.
Pip has three children the youngest of which has just entered reception so not only does Pip have qualifications but also current, first hand experience of Early Years and child development through the eyes of a parent.
Pip has attended training and workshops during her time at previous settings and has already begun updating these, most recently Child Protection.
We are delighted that Pip has joined us and look forward to supporting her through continuous professional development.
Jemma joined us during the summer term 2018 and now that her two boys are in full time educatioin Jemma has taken on regular hours.
Jemma holds a level 3 in Early Years and also has qualified as a T.A. in schools.
Jemma has taken on key children and is successfully supporting their development. She is active at staff meetings and has added ideas to the curriculum.
Tracey joined us at St. Michaels in September 2018. Tracey has been a foster carer for many years whilst her own family was growing up.
She has experience in early years, toddler meetings and has supported children as they have moved into supported adult living. Tracey brings a wealth of knowledge on supporting vulnerable children and children with SEN and is able to share the parent/carer views having been in that position many times.