I'm fairly new to the world of blogging, although this blog has been something that has been brewing for some time. I guess the ideal content of my first post, is a bit about the lady behind it all, so here goes!
My name's Sarah, I'm in my early 30s and live in Leicester, in the middle of England. I currently work as a Nursery Officer in a small Nursery in Leicester. I'm room leader for the Pre-school room, with a range of children from 2 1/2 to 4. I'm usually responsible for the After-school club children, as well as Holiday Care children. For the last 14 years I've worked with children in a variety of guises- student teacher, class teacher, youth club leader, supply teacher and nursery officer. Through these roles I've had the advantage of working with children from 6months up to 14 years.
Through this blog I aim to explore a variety of things- changes in the childcare system, child development issues, book reviews (I do love a good picture book!) and any other childcare/education related issues/random musings that spring to mind! I already have a few posts mentally planned (thanks to a bout of insomnia last night!), some of which I admit some parents may not agree with. I don't have children of my own, so I can fully imagine some parents questioning what right I have to raise such issues. (Or maybe I'm being paranoid!) But I have 14 years of experiences with a variety of ages, backgrounds etc. I have a Bachelor of Education degree with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) with specialisms in Early Years and English, and 7 months ago completed a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People's Worksforce (Early Learning and Childcare) which is basically what was once a NVQ Level 3 in Childcare.
I'm open to any questions anyone has, I know some people may have them, so feel free to ask away! And please bear with me with any tweaks I make to the layout etc, it's been a while since I used an online diary or similar!