I have worked in the Early Years sector for the past fifteen years. In my time in the industry, I have managed day nurseries – including opening a new startup on day one and bringing it through to maturity – with a varied mix of parents and children with diverse needs.
Furthermore, I have also ensured the quality of care and education across a portfolio of 15 nurseries as a Quality Manager for a nationwide chain – before creating Hopscotch and providing both consultancy services to providers but also working extensively as a freelance inspector delivering inspections for Ofsted and, formerly, Prospects. I am also an Early Years Professional accreditation auditer.
Like you, I understand the need to provide high quality care and education for children in Early Years and am passionate about working with teams to promote best practice. With Hopscotch in the last year alone I have worked with over a dozen staff teams who have gained Outstanding judgements at their recent Ofsted inspections – and particularly enjoy building long-term relationships with providers to not only achieve the judgement they want but also to continue to support them to progress over the months and years that follow.
My philosophy is to be straightforward and honest with settings I work with, to quickly identify areas where we can make maximum impact and to work immediately to make swift progress. Because of my experience as a practitioner and operator of a setting I appreciate and understand the challenges you face both from the curriculum and regulations and the need to inspire and involve your staff teams to strive to maximise their potential. I’m approachable and open to everybody in a setting – from the owner to the newest trainee, and understand that everybody has a huge role to play if your setting is going to achieve the best grading and brightest future!
I have a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies from Leeds University and also have Early Years Professional Status – the culmination of a decade of constant study in Early Years education.
I live in North Yorkshire with my husband and two primary school-aged children – and my nieces and nephews are keeping me on my toes as they go through the Early Years themselves!