WHY DID YOU RETURN TO BACK TO THE GARDEN AFTER VOLUNTEERING THERE for YOUR DEGREE?
I really enjoyed volunteering at the nursery and I learned so much, particularly in regard to the direction I want my career to go. A child with autism formed a strong relationship with me. I was instantly passionate about how I as a practitioner and we as a setting could support children with SEND. I was committed to adapting routines, environments and resources to ensure our nursery is completely inclusive and the same opportunities are given to all children. And the team is family. I had such a warm welcome and there is such a supportive atmosphere, I knew I wanted my career to start here.
WHAT DO YOU MOST ENJOY ABOUT YOUR ROLE?
I look forward to each day – new challenges are overcome and targets are met. Watching children with SEND meet targets and expectations from the EYFS fills me with joy. Building relationships with families and hearing feedback has been overwhelming; watching a child grow and making comparisons from their dependence on adults to becoming an independent child transitioning to school is the biggest benefit.
WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES?
I am a new practitioner so I am learning daily, and sometimes I struggled with knowing what steps to take and what processes should be put into practice when SEND is apparent. But I am supported by the current SENCO, managers and colleagues, and Back to the Garden has provided additional training.
WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER AIMS?
I am currently on a course to gain my Level 3 SENCO title. Back to the Garden is expanding and I hope to become the designated SENCO in the new nursery. Most importantly, I hope to provide confidence for parents that children with SEND can be supported appropriately and successfully within our setting.