clare sI am passionate about both Early Years education and empowering staff to fulfil their potential.  I have been qualified as a teacher for 13 years and have been working in Early Years since 2003.  I am currently working as a Nursery teacher.  During this time I have had the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in a variety of settings.

My role as Early Years Leader involves working closely with colleagues, other agencies and parents to ensure the best outcomes for children.  I find all aspects of this work rewarding and challenging and I enjoy working with a team to share strengths and identify priorities.  Effective system leadership enables and empowers all members of a team to use their strengths and passions to support one another.  For me one of the most appealing aspects is the opportunity to identify strengths and opportunities within a team to help staff achieve their potential.

I believe one of the most motivating aspects of system leadership is developing the ability to communicate with colleagues in a human and empathic way. This is one of the most challenging and yet rewarding aspects of the job. It is also crucial to recognise that “one size does not fit all” and that different solutions work more effectively in some settings than others.

I enjoy working with people and always try to see new challenges with colleagues as opportunities to mutually develop professional and personal skills. I see the role of a SLE as being a professional who has the opportunity to support colleagues in the development of their skill set and also to gain confidence within a certain area of expertise.

I enjoy working with colleagues to establish core principles and values, a share goal, and also developing the ability to stay true to these values.