Early Education Associate
Kay has a wide experience of teaching and management within the field of Early Years and Key Stage One. She has several years of teaching experiences within nursery, infant and primary school and has leadership experience as a SENCO, Deputy and Acting Head teacher. Kay has had experience of working on the delivery of projects including the ‘Talk, Talk’ project with Sunderland Learning Support Service and Early Years innovative projects as the Early Years Consultant for Sunderland Education Action Zone. For twelve years Kay has worked as an Early Years Adviser for Hartlepool Local Authority and later Sunderland Local Authority where she managed teams of consultants and support teachers and worked across teams of school improvement and childcare professionals, as part of the Sure Start and Children’s Centre agendas. This provided many opportunities to work with childminders, settings and schools and involved statutory and project work. More recently Kay has moved to work as a Learning and Teaching Adviser for Focus on Learning, a CPD centre in the North East of England and is an Academic Tutor at the University of Sunderland. She has been a member of Early Education for many years and is currently Chair of the Sunderland branch committee. In 2017 Kay moved to become one of the three Directors of Castle Kindergarten and in September 2017 opened the doors to three private day nurseries: Albany and Hylton Castle in Sunderland LA and Sacriston in Durham LA. The nurseries take fee paying children from Birth to Four years and disadvantaged two years old children and 30 hours children. We work in close partnership with the three feeder primary schools to offer a flexible service. This new opportunity allows Kay to work with children, practitioners and families across the three settings and to monitor and develop practice. Kay has a personal interest in creating enabling learning environments for children, particularly in the areas of personal, social and emotional development and in developing children’s language, communication and early literacy skills. She is also interested in the areas of sustained shared thinking and supporting creativity.