Meet the team at SPS (High Lane)
Lindsey Farrow (BSc (Hons), PGCE Early Years (3 – 8))
Lindsey has worked with young children for 19 years and has worked in maintained schools across the whole of Key Stage One and the Early Years foundation stage. Following her passion for Early Years, Lindsey became manager of Simmondley Pre School where she has been for 9 years. During this time she has been invited to support the delivery of a Mud Kitchen workshop at an Every Child a Mover DCC conference. She has published an article in Elizabeth Jaman’s Communication Friendly Spaces journal. Lindsey has also presented at a DCC conference for Headteachers with regards to the implementation of 30 hours, and the impact on children, setting and planning.
Nicola Kay (BA (Hons), EYTS)
Nic came to Simmondley Pre School as a parent as part of the management committee. She then formed Natural Explorers with Lindsey and joined the staff team a year later. Nic has worked at Natural Explorers for 6 years and during that time has successfully completed her Early Years Teacher status, with a grade of outstanding. Nic has presented at a DCC conference for Headteachers with regards to the implementation of 30 hours and the impact on children, the setting and planning.
Kerry Johnson (Early Years Educator Level 3)
Kerry carried out part of her Level 2 training at Simmondley Pre School and was blown away by the friendliness and support of the staff and families. Kerry joined the supply team once qualified and in 2012 when a position was advertised she jumped at the chance to apply. “I have been working part time at pre school since then and in 2017 gained my Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification which I studied for through pre school”. Kerry has now embraced the role of room lead and continues to be a valued member of the team.
Neve Massey (Early Years Educator, Level 2)
Neve joined Natural Explorers in September 2019 as a Level 2 Early Years Educator and is currently undertaking her Level 3 apprenticeship with us. She has previously worked in a private day nursery and has fully embraced the Natural Explorers ethos and pedagogy.
Rebecca Thomasson (Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Level 3)
Becca has worked in a range of primary schools and nursery settings for 3 years and has a Level 3 Teaching assistant qualification. Becca joined the Simmondley Pre School team in January 2018 as an Early years educator and immediately felt welcome by all the staff and families. “I am thoroughly enjoying my new role and responsibilities and looking forward to future opportunities especially in learning more about this exciting age range”. Becca completes her Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification in the summer of 2020.
Adelia Goodwin (Early Years Educator, Level 2. Adelia is our regular supply teacher)
Adelia has over 15 years experience working with young children at Simmondley Pre School. She completed her Level 2 NVQ whilst working at pre school, before leaving in 2011. As a valued member of the team Adelia is a regular supply teacher and embraces all in house training and courses where possible.