I am the joint owner and manager of 2 Little Birds Pre-school and Childcare.
I qualified with an NNEB in 1994 and have held a variety of early years roles. In 2012 after working as an early years practitioner and as an unqualified teacher within a school setting I decide to take the plunge and undertake my teacher training.
I hold a first class honours degree in Childhood Studies (SEN Specialism) and my teaching background is Early Years Foundation Stage and KS1.
I am a life-long Thurrock resident and have spent my teaching career within the area. I am passionate about the local community and want to contribute to it. I strongly believe that given the right environment children can learn through play and exploration. I hold the belief that children gain a love of learning through exciting opportunities and that learning does not need to take place sitting at a desk. In 2018, whilst working at Stifford Clays Primary School I won the outstanding teacher award at the Thurrock Education Awards for my innovative teaching style. I like to think outside the box and create learning opportunities in all experiences.
Opening my own childcare business has always been a dream of mine and in September 2018 the right premises was finally found to begin this adventure.
Co-Owner / Director
I am joint owner and founder of 2 Little Birds Pre-school and Childcare.
I have held a variety of childcare positions including working as a nanny and in school nurseries. Over the last few years I have been a driving force behind introducing enquiry based learning and continuous provision into the Year One classes where I have been working. I worked closely with Tracy at Stifford Clays Primary School in both EYFS and KS1.
I have a strong belief in outside learning and with providing children the opportunity to play in an exciting and free environment, incorporating loose parts play and in the moment planning.
Setting up our pre-school and childcare offering is a vision we have been working on for a long time and we are excited to be able to offer a comprehensive wraparound provision in our local community, of which I have also been a life-long resident.
I have worked in childcare for over 10 years and have a lot of knowledge and experience. During my previous employment I was a room manager in a private day nursery. I have a good understanding of how children learn and what they like to do.
I love to watch children play and see what kinds of things they like so that I can plan and extend this learning experience through their own interests.
I joined 2 Little Birds in November 2019 as I loved the ethos of being outside and learning through play, and this matched my own ideals that children learn best in a stimulating environment where their needs and interests are meet through a variety of opportunities.
In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and socialising with friends.
On completing my GCSE's I attended college and completed a level 2 childcare qualification . I joined 2 Little Birds in September 2019 to undertake a Level 3 apprenticeship.
I enjoy working with children and thought that an apprenticeship would be a good way to gain experience and further my qualifications. In the future I would love to open my own preschool.
In my spare time I like socialising with friends and babysitting my little niece.
Wraparound / Holiday Club
I am currently studying for a degree in Childhood Studies at Canterbury University and hold a level 3 early years qualification.
I am a reception class Learning Support Assistant in a local primary school and I joined 2 Little Birds Wraparound care when it began in April 2019.
I love working with children and have a firm belief that children need a strong foundation in Early Years to ensure they succeed in their future.
I am a mum of a 3 year old little boy who attends 2 Little Birds. My journey with the preschool began with me volunteering as a parent helper when the staff needed extra hands for trips and such things. I enjoyed my time so much that when a vacancy opened in the Early Birds sessions I decided to apply.
I have been employed with 2 Little Birds ever since as Breakfast Club staff. As we have taken on pickups from more schools I have also taken on the role of school pick for Deneholm Primary School.
I currently work at a local primary school where I manage the 2 year old nursery room. I am a qualified early years practitioner and began my career as an apprentice working with Tracy.
I have known both Donna and Tracy since then.
I am currently employed by 2 Little Birds to work their holiday club, and I really enjoy having these two jobs in entirely different environments and working with different aged children.