I am a proud mother of four wonderful sons, who set me on my journey in realising what a rewarding role nurturing children is. From this interest, I became a childminder adding a few more children to my brood! Then an opportunity arose to be employed as a teaching assistant in a reception class, followed by becoming a pre-school assistant. Eventually I was appointed the Manager of the preschool setting on site, where I still work. More recently, I have become a very proud grandmother for the first time and it’s very exciting! Over many years, I have embarked on my own learning journey to gain knowledge to better support young children. I started with a Level 2 in childcare then continued learning while managing my setting and gained a BA (Hons) in Early Years & childcare, then achieving Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). I was also asked to become a Bristol Standard (quality improvement framework) validator, a role which I really enjoy. My particular interests and enthusiasms are with ensuring all children have opportunities to develop and learn from their unique starting points, by providing rich learning environments. I particularly enjoy providing children with many natural play materials that can be used in open ended ways. Alongside this, I have a great interest in ensuring children are able to access outdoor play opportunities on a daily basis and explore the world through their senses. I am presently, completing the Forest School Level 3 qualification to support this in my own setting. Through this role, I hope that Early Years providers will get the opportunity to build closer relationships and support from each other and share a wealth of knowledge and ideas. Also building a network practitioners which will benefit Early Years children and families in Wiltshire. It is a privilege to have been appointed as a EYPDP and I’m looking forward to having this opportunity.