I hope you’re enjoying meeting the project team – I think it’s always good to be able to match names and faces. So today its my turn to introduce myself. Colleagues who know me know that I never like photographs of myself so this is the best of a few attempts!
I’m delighted to be supporting the EOF project and its great to be back working in GM. I took early retirement in March from my role as Early Years Strategic Lead in Bolton and am providing an independent programme management role for the GMCA EOF project. I’ve provided support to the GMCA Early Years Programme since 2012 and until very recently chaired the GM Early Education Leads Group.
I qualified at Edge Hill in 1984 as an Early Years Teacher and have spent my career working in early years, including roles as early years teacher, Headteacher, Early Years Consultant/Adviser and as Early Years Lead. I’ve been involved through these roles with most of the government’s early years programmes, including SureStart, Children’s Centres, Early Excellence Centres, Neighbourhood Nurseries and I’ve worked in both nursery and primary schools. I am excited about my role as a governor for Grosvenor Nursery School in Bolton.
My particular interests are in early years integrated leadership and in 2005-7, I supported Manchester’s Centre for Educational Leadership with the rollout of the National Professional Qualification for Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL). I have a Masters degree from The University of Sheffield in Early Childhood Studies and a Masters level qualification in Early Years Leadership. I also have a post graduate Diploma in Language Development which is another of my areas of special interest.
I am passionate about improving early years services and excited to be part of the GMCA Project team and look forward to working with early colleagues across GM.
I am also the administrator for the GMPathways to Talking Blog and can be contacted by emailing the EOF Project Team at GMPathwaystoTalking@salford.gov.uk.