Claire is currently the Early Years Lead at Neroche Primary School in Ilminster, South Somerset and an Early Years Cluster Lead for the Ile Valley area. Her main responsibilities include overseeing the teaching and learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage (2-5 years), leading the EYFS curriculum and assessment, transitions and the Early Years environment. She is currently undergoing a new exciting venture in her current Neroche role to open an onsite preschool offering the 30 hours child care for 2-4 year olds.
Claire is passionate about partnership working across the Early Years settings in her local area that include schools, pre-schools, nurseries, child-minders and playgroups. She has successfully led half termly meetings and training with local practitioners. This enables Early Years staff to share good and outstanding practice, Early Years updates and celebrate what they do. The cluster has also worked together on a School Readiness project focusing on Communication Language and Literacy. Claire successfully bid for a grant from her local Early Years team at South Somerset County Council to support this project. They have been able to make and buy resources for each setting to use in settings and with parents. The project has also funded practitioners to go on conferences and training and then deliver back to other practitioners.
Claire believes that working together with other Early Years professionals supports continuity in the area, up skills Early Years and most importantly provides positive, resourceful experiences and outcomes for the children.
During her career Claire has successfully worked closely with Early Years settings, parents and year 1 staff to ensure a smooth transition to new schools and classes. Claire uses a range of strategies to ensure parents are involved in their children’s learning and that there is a balance and that it is manageable for the staff in in setting. She regularly invites parents in to observe phonics and performances and to share the children’s work. She has recently worked with local organisation to provide a family learning session in the form of an art workshop with a brilliant turn out. These strategies have had an overall very positive impact on the children’s learning.