Some things are worth waiting for – so please meet Becky Bibby, our EOF Strategic Project Lead and Salford’s Starting Life Well Head of Service. I managed to get some time with Becky this week to ask her about her background and experience and why EOF is important to her.
How did you start your career in early years?
I qualified as a Nursery Nurse (NNEB) in 1999 and started my career in a private nursery in Tameside. I’m still involved in a family run childcare provision in Tameside. I started working for Tameside Council in 2005 as their Birth to Three Lead, where I led the rollout of Birth to Three Matters, worked as an Area SENCo and managed the Quality Assurance Team. I also led the development of Tameside’s QA framework which was aligned to the Sheffield Kitemark.
I studied for my Early Childhood Studies degree at MMU and graduated in 2007 and I gained Early Years Professional Status in 2009.
Tell us about your role with Salford City Council?
I moved to Salford in 2009 as their Childcare Strategy Manager, with responsibility for managing the Children’s Centres and Quality Assurance Team. I took up the role of Head of Service for Starting Life Well in 2013 and now manage Early Years services and Early Help 0-25 service across Salford, including the Troubled Families programme and parenting team. In Salford, we have redesigned Early Help services to embed the Early Years offer and increase the focus on school readiness. We have embedded parenting delivery based on a sustainable model for delivery of Incredible Years programmes with peer coaches across the city. We have also developed an antenatal Solihull parenting offer which is currently being externally evaluated by the University of Manchester. We have rolled out use of the WellComm Communication and Language toolkit and embedded this in Salford’s Children’s Centres’ Early Help offer and commissioned additional SLC interventions in schools and EY settings throughout the city.
Why is the GM EOF project important to you?
I am passionate about improving children’s speech and language and am committed to working collaboratively as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. I really see the benefits of working across GM – I live in Stockport, I am from Tameside and work in Salford. I’ve been involved in the development of Greater Manchester’s Early Years Delivery Model since its beginning in 2009.
And finally… What do other members of the EOF GM Pathways to Talking Project team want to say about Becky?
‘When i first met Becky she had the most wonderful colours in her hair and I knew this was someone who did things differently. She is an endless source of inspiration and her can do attitude is infectious. Plus i have met my match when it comes to giggling!’
‘Becky brings every inch of experience gained through practice to lead systems change. Her wide eyed expressions of delight as she explores new concepts and ideas for practice shows an agile mind and an enduring passion for early years’