Courtney

My name is courtney and you will see me most in the 2-5's upstairs area at little squirrels, I started working at little squirrels on the 2nd of January 2019.

I am just finished my Level Three Early Years Educator qualification, and have started my new role as Room Leader.

I love my job at Little Squirrels, because I find working with the children very rewarding, they always put a smile on my face, and we have an amazing team of staff.

An interesting fact about me is that I love animals, I enjoy horse riding and have two lurcher breed dogs at home.

What the staff team say about me:
Always professional and caring for the children always gets down to the children’s level and demonstrates great listening. She’s not afraid to join in play and be silly!

What the management team say about me:
Courtney is great! Courtney can hold a group of children's attentions with fun activities, she is always calm and caring, encouraging the children to learn from each other. She has wonderful bonds with all children and is a really valued member of the team.

 

Training and Qualifications 

First aid pediatrics

Child protection training

Fgm training

Inspired by babies

Effective Leadership training

Introduction to child psychology

Attachments in the Early Years

Food hygiene

Covid-19 health and safety training

Are you ready for your OFSTED inspection?

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

 

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

Supporting the early stages of reading and writing