My passion has always been for working with children, specifically from the age of 0-5 years. After leaving school I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Nursery Nursing and I worked in many different childcare settings including nurseries, pre-schools and creches. After completing my degree in 1998 I started work in a Basildon school as a graduate teacher and trained on the job. I gained my QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in 2001 and worked as an EYFS leader and Deputy Senco in another Basildon school until leaving to join the Pre-School Specialist Teaching Team in January 2006.
I worked as a Pre-School Specialist Teacher for 14 years and had the great pleasure of supporting many families and settings to identify, assess and plan to ensure the best outcomes for their children and to help them on their way to reaching their full potential.
During my work as a specialist teacher my passion was always for empowering settings and families to extend their knowledge and understanding so they felt able to move forward with confidence. It was always a privilege to work with parents and settings at the point where they needed support to move in the right direction and have built up many lasting friendships.I have two beautiful daughters of 12 and 15 who challenge me daily! My 12-year-old attends the local mainstream school but has recently been diagnosed with some ongoing health issues and my 15-year-old was diagnosed with ASD at 13 years old (our first visit to the Pediatrician was at 3 years old with concerns). After two years of school refusal we managed to get her an Education and Health Care Plan and she has been attending an out of county special provision for just over a year and is doing her GCSE’s this year.