I am the managing director of I learn Education Ltd. This currently consists of two children’s day nurseries, with plans to open a third.

In 2006 I moved areas because of work and saw an opportunity to open a children’s day nursery. With no knowledge of the sector, at the time working as a Probation Officer; it was definitely a learning curve! In 2008 we opened and I initially relied on staff and managers to run the business.

During the next few years I not only tried to establish the business, but I was also mum to my growing family. Myself and my staff team work very hard to meet the needs of all the children who attend our settings and didn’t feel our inspection judgement reflected our commitment to our children and families, at this point I decided to go back to college and complete my Early Years Teacher Status. And still not content in understanding the sector I then went on to become an Early Years Inspector.

I now see inspections from both sides, and the difficulties Early Years providers face on a regular basis. Not only do I see firsthand the struggles providers face from Ofsted, the government and the LA. But also a lot of providers are isolated and receive very little in terms of support.

It seems we are expected to provide more and more, whilst receiving less and less. Both in terms of support & finances! For this reason I am passionate in helping others understand what is expected of them, and to raise standards in the childcare sector.


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