Initially I trained as a Nursery Nurse and qualified in 1975. I had always wanted to follow a career that involved working with children and Percy Main Primary School was to give me that opportunity.
After working in the Nursery Unit that was attached to the school for two years I decided to gain more experience of working with children in a different country and left to become a Nanny to three young children in Canada. A year later I found myself back at Percy Main Primary School working in the Reception Class as a Nursery Nurse wanting to enhance my professional development.
In 1992 I completed a two year course and received a Diploma in Post Qualifying Studies. In 2004, having based many of my studies on ‘Natural Learning in the Outdoors’ I was awarded an Exceptional Achievement Award after completing a Foundation Degree in Early Years at Sunderland University. In 2005 I achieved HLTA Status and having now developed a passion for lifelong learning and again having focused many of my studies on outdoor learning, in 2006 I left Sunderland University with a BA(Hons) Degree in Early Childhood and Curriculum Studies.
Although now employed at school as a HLTA and working in Key Stage1 I continually build on my specialism which has been in Early Years. By acquiring further knowledge of how children think and learn I feel more able to meet the many aspects of my changing role and I try to ensure a creative approach to my work with the children by preparing stimulating learning experiences both indoors and out. As our school has extensive grounds I have developed many areas into outdoor learning environments. I am also the Eco School Coordinator and along with our team of Green Ambassador in 2012 Percy Main Primary School was awarded Green Flag Status through the Eco Schools Programme. I am passionate about playtimes and outdoor learning and have developed these aspect of school life for the children so that they engage in very positive experiences.