Hi Little Squirrels and Big Squirrels!!

I opened Little Squirrels Play Forest back in December 2016, three weeks after the birth of my little boy. Whilst any new parent will tell you this probably wasn’t the most ideal time to start a business it was my dream and something I had been longing to do for a very long time. The nursery and staff team has grown considerably over the past three years and I am so incredibly proud of the staff team and the children. It is truly an honour to work with such amazing people and lovely children.

I am a passionate advocate of Early Years Education and the importance of getting this right for every child. I truly believe the education system should be adapting to reflect the needs of our children as creative and critical thinkers; valuing each child's individuality rather than the child fitting into a ‘one size fits all’ classroom. I absolutely love outdoor learning and the benefits this can bring to children and their families.

I am currently studying my Education and Research Masters at the UEA. I am a Communication Champion for the Norwich Opportunity Area and work on promoting communication and language across pockets of need in Norwich which involves training other settings and childminders in key speech and language techniques to improve outcomes for all children in the area. This year I will be heading up the 0-2-year-old hub for Norfolk to promote language development in our youngest children. I have been selected by Norfolk County Council alongside 11 other teachers and practitioners in Norfolk to be an Early Years Development Practitioner. As part of this programme we will deliver training to nurseries, childminders and preschools across East Anglia to improve outcomes for in language and literacy. A busy but exciting year ahead!

Outside of Nursery I really enjoying spending time with my husband and two children. We love going out into the woods, spending time in the garden and eating (lots)! On the rare occasions I get some ‘me’ time I enjoy playing netball (not well!) and eating a meal to myself without having to share it with my tiny humans! 🙂 (I’m sure many of you will understand this one!)

What the staff team say about me:
Brilliant educator! Adapts her teaching to each child's needs, caring and the patience of a saint! (I promise I didn’t make them say that!)


Training and Qualifications 

Early Years Teacher (EYT)

Currently studying towards my Research and Education Masters degree

NVQ Level 3 Diploma in Special Educational needs

NVQ Level 3 Diploma Forest School Leader

Elklan Level 3- supporting language in 3-5-year olds

Communication Champion

Level 3 Early Years Professional Development Programme - Language and Literacy 2-4 year olds Strand 1 & 2

Paediatric First Aid Level 3.

Food Safety and Hygiene

Safeguarding Lead Practitioner

Inspired by Babies Training

English as an Additional Language training

English as an Additional Language Advanced

Sign along

Step on behaviour management training

FGM training

Prevent training

Child Protection

Fire Extinguisher safety course

Equality Named Coordinator (ENCO) training

Risk Assessment Training

Personal Education Plans (PEP) Training

Attachment and Development in early years

Social and Emotional Aspects of development (SEAD) training

Special Educational Needs coordinator (SENCO) training

Common Assessment Framework (CAF) training

Step on training- Behaviour Management

Substance awareness

Curious Two’s, evolving the environment

Anaphylactic shock and the use of Epi-pens

Talk about part 1 &2

Outdoor Environment- Characteristics of effective teaching and learning

EYFS briefings

Individual Education Plan Training

Fire Marshall

Healthy Early Years Training

Music and Movement for under two’s

Inclusion and Equality Cluster

Supervision Skills

Safe Recruitment

Supporting Bereaved Children

Early Movers

Creating a stimulating Sensory area

Effective participation in Child Protection Conference

Managing a Critical Incident

Maths outside

Are you ready for your OFSTED inspection?

Health and safety Management

Multi-Agency working

Cluster Delivery of Safeguarding Materials

BA (Hons) Criminology


Letting Loose Parts Lead the Way

Early Years Assessment Networks

Leaders, Managers & Childminders Briefings

Level 3 Early Years Senco Award

EYFS Lead Teacher Networks

Yoga & Mindfulness

Autism 4: Developing Play

Amazing & Magnificent: Babies Brains

Autism 3: Understanding Behaviour

Loose Parts & Young Children's Curiosity & Learning

Moving In Moving Up Moving On

Outstanding Outdoors

Early Years Safeguarding Lead Practitioner -Refresher

Pedagogy Into Practice

Making Maths Count

Developing The Early Years Environment

Being An Effective Communicator


Supporting Children As Writers

Supporting Children With Attention & Listening Difficulties

Once Upon A Time

Developing Excellence In Maths, Literacy & Science

Moving In, Moving Up, Moving On

Autism 2: Aiding Communication Through Visual Supports

The Cleverness Of Boys

Writing Support Plans For Children With SEND

Sounds All Around

Practitioner-Child Interaction Skills

Best Practice Room For 4 Years Olds

Speech & Language Introductory Sessions

Safety Training

Getting To Good Seminar

Responsive Assessment Training

Young Children Learning

Working with Gypsy Roma Traveller Children in the Early Years

Making Multi Agency Assessments Work

Are You Ready For Your Ofsted Inspection?

Supervision Skills

Maths Outside

Managing A Critical Incident In The Early Years

Effective Participation At Child Protection Conferences

Enhancing Your Sensory Environment

Health & Safety Management

Early Movers

Supporting Bereaved Children In Early Years Settings

Safer Recruitment

Healthy Early Years Training

IEP Training

Best Practice Room - Sally Thomas

Curious Twos, Evolving Environments To Thrive Within

Cieh Level 2 Award In Food Safety In Catering

EYFS Progress Check at Age Two

Equality Names Coordinator Training

Setting SENCO

Social & Emotional Aspects Of Development



Language and Pedagogy.

Strategies for language development.

Selective mutism.

Communication friendly spaces.

Dual language learners.

Holistic development and vocabulary

Supporting positive behaviour

Mindfulness in Nursery

Theories of Language acquisition

The importance of developing Self-Esteem

Speech, Language and communication: Definitions, typical development and impact on other areas of learning

Identification and assessment of Speech, Language and Communication Needs

The communication Environment, including the home environment and engaging parents

What is communication? - Language and Literacy for 2-4 year olds

Communication friendly settings, adult - child interaction and working with families

Literacy Learning - Reading and writing for ages 2-4 years

Supporting the early stages of reading and writing

Developing Excellence in Maths, Literacy and Science through Children’s Understanding of pattern

Managing a Critical Incident in an Early Years Setting

Bereavement awareness training

Moving in, Moving up, Moving on- Effective Transitions

English as an Additional Language

Equality and Diversity within an Early Years Setting

Black lives matter workshop

Dealing with and supporting children who bite

Early Brain Development

Characteristics of Effective Learning

Social and Emotional intelligence development in children

Theories of Learning

The importance of Play

Learning to Listen and non-verbal communication

Vocabulary Development

Understanding Spoken Language

Planning in the Moment

Language for Thinking (The Blank Language Scheme)

Exploring Language and Early Narrative Skills

Play for Language and Literacy

Developing Speech and Phonological awareness

Risk Assessment

Pep Training

Attachment & Development In Early Years

RAG Training

Birth To Three Matters - The 4 Aspects

Listening To Young Children

Birth To Three Matters - An Introduction To The Framework

Understanding And Improving Behaviour (playworkers)

Meeting Children's Medical Needs

Epilepsy Training

The use of Epi Pen

Pool rescue course