As part of my role upon starting at Our Monkey Club I led the Out of School provision in the setting providing opportunities and games for the children to play. I took a particular interest in making sure that all the children had opportunities to join in with and helping to build their confidence in social situations with peers. I focused on opportunities that meant children and practitioners could join in, enabling children to build strong trusting relationships with the practitioners who were working with them. During my first year at Our Monkey Club I also completed my Early Years Professional Status and my Level 3 in Play work as well as assisting the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.
In 2017 I became Manager at our Donisthorpe setting during its reopening to support the centre becoming established within the community once again. I was then Assistant Manager at our larger setting in Church Gresley while I was completing my Masters degree in Applied Developmental Psychology. I researched how practitioners understood the implications of supporting children with SEN and the impact on their wellbeing and how that related to the practice in early years settings. I also researched how effective this was and how we could improve both understanding and skills within our workforce.
I have recently returned to working with children on a daily basis and a move towards more leading practice than managing. Returning to being a Key Person has been extremely rewarding and something I have realised I was missing through my managerial role. A particular part of my job that I love is being able to build relationships with individual children and their families, supporting children’s development and watching them succeed with the support, guidance and encouragement we give them. Alongside this I am also developing ways in which myself and the company can support the children and families that we know are struggling to receive the appropriate support for their needs. This may be due to gaps within service provision and specialist services due to historic cuts. I am looking forward to meeting new families and children that we can offer our support to.