My name is Nicki Cherry and I have been a teacher in Early Years for 15 years teaching a range of ages birth to five.
I began my career working in Knowle West Bristol in an outstanding specialist nursery school. This was a very inclusive setting and I was fortunate to teach a mainstream class, yet have experience working with children with a variety of different complex needs.
I then went on to become a Foundation Stage Leader in a newly amalgamated primary school and lead both nursery and reception.
I extended my experience further when I became a Lead Teacher and Assistant Headteacher in a primary school in Bristol, which at the time was in special measures. Part of my role was to lead teaching and learning birth to five, setting up a children’s centre alongside the centre manager. I led a large team of practitioners, created the learning environment, established planning and assessment, as well as train/support practitioners within my own and others’ settings. I coached practitioners within local PVI settings, as well as local childminders, to improve their outcomes for children. I also delivered training and moderation for Bristol Local Authority.
Whilst in this role I also became SENCO for children birth to five, which gave me a wealth of experience working with parents/carers and other professionals/agencies.
This primary school went on to achieve a good Ofsted and the children’s centre achieved an outstanding grade.
I am currently a moderator for North Somerset Local Authority and I am a reception teacher at Bournville Primary School. I have been here for almost four years and will soon take on the role of Foundation Leader in September 2017.
As well as early years I can also offer my expertise in online safety. I currently lead online safety across the whole school and in July 2016 led the school to achieve the Esafety 360 Mark. We have a thriving online committee and work very closely with parents and the local community to address online safety issues that are relevant to our school. I have started from the basics looking at policies, to now after three years, leading practice so that our curriculum and parent/carer work is embedded and meeting current community needs.
I am passionate about Early Years and keeping children and families at the heart of all I do. I always keep abreast of all the latest research and thinking, so I can innovate my own practice. I am looking forward to working in my role as SLE, coaching and mentoring others, so they can improve outcomes for their children and families.