My career in childcare and education has spanned over 25 years plus. My early experiences within the early childhood educare field were as a self-employed registered childminder which I did alongside being a ‘stay at home mum’ with my baby son. I decided to take this opportunity to further my employment goals, and after a
period as a Nursery Officer working with babies and young children, I became Manager of Early Years Services for Walsall College of Art and Technology; managing various onsite and external provisions for a number of years. During this time alongside my team, I developed a new baby room which was funded through my successful bid application of the
then 'Neighbourhood Nurseries' funding. I also developed the nurseries profile in terms of accreditation to the Effective Early Learning process. In 2004, I made a career move and worked as a Nurseries Manager for the National Health Service (Derby Hospitals) in a similar role. It was during these times that I realised the importance of well qualified early years teams to ensure excellent outcomes for young children and families.
In 2007, I decided that I wanted to ‘give something back’ to the education system and made a career change into adult teaching working for Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) on a part time basis, teaching on the Foundation Degree in Early Years (which was being taught in partnership with Staffordshire University). In August 2008, I was appointed full time by BSDC and taught on various childcare and healthcare programmes ranging from level 1 to 5. Throughout my busy career, I undertook various qualifications (listed) to add to my knowledge and skills. I joined the team at Staffordshire University in October 2012 as a Lecturer. My career there expanded greatly, and I was awarded a Senior Lecturer status in July 2014. I went on to become Award Leader for full and part time Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies awards (FdA) and the level 6 BA ( Hons) EarlyChildhood Studies top up awards.My part time Award Leader role involved my leading and liaising with seven partner Colleges to ensure the effective delivery of the part time FdA awards. I became Disability Co-ordinator for the School of Education and Health and Safety Representative for the school. I had a responsibility as a PA for one of our partner colleges.
I was successfully appointed by the University of Wolverhampton to the Institute for Education in March 2016. As well as my leadership and management duties, I am a member of a close internal teaching team, teaching from levels 4-7 across Early Childhood/Early Teacher Status and Education programmes. I am an experienced personal tutor ( level 4-7 ) and research supervisor ( level 6 and 7).
Needless to say my baby son is not a baby anymore!