A Voice for the Early Years Sector in Surrey - Representing your views.
We are delighted to introduce you to the Early Years Phase Council which was formally launched on 5 July 2018. This Council is comprised of an elected membership of representatives designed to capture the views across the maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors of Early Years providers. The formation of the Early Years Phase Council (EYPC) mirrors that of the Primary, Secondary and Special Phase Councils and replaced the Early Years Reference Group. This means that there is equal status with statutory school age education which is a really positive development.
The EYPC gives all stakeholders the opportunity, in partnership with our Surrey County Council (SCC) colleagues, to support children and families on their journey of learning. It has a very broad representation from across the sector with members from maintained nursery schools, childminders, private voluntary and independent providers including pack away sessional settings and full day care settings. This offers us an opportunity to really understand the perspectives of the whole sector and ensure that we have a voice that represents all children under 5 when Surrey County Council seeks information and opinions in order to inform future planning and policy for Early Years.
The EYPC will work as a conduit to support wider consultation on a broad variety of issues and strategies including service delivery, funding and targeted priorities including SEND and social mobility. We will continue to have representation on Schools Forum, which is instrumental in deciding future funding policy. We will also have opportunity to meet with the SCC Director of Education at regular intervals, along with the Chairs of the other Phase Councils, to influence and input into future strategies.
Your EYPC representatives introduce themselves below and provide their contact details. This webpage will be updated regularly and we hope to send out newsletters and bulletins whenever we are participating in Local Authority consultations. We are all active professionals and you will see us at network meetings so please do approach us and introduce yourselves. If you would like to contact the Phase Council directly, then please email them: email@example.com
Sue Lewis, Chair
Sue Lewis - Chair
Peter Pan Nursery and Forest School, Woking
I have a wealth of experience and a passion for Early Years Education having worked in the sector all my working life, a total of thirty-six years. I have a BA Hons in Early Years Childcare and Education and am proud to be an Early Years Professional. I own and manage Peter Pan Nursery and Forest School on Littlewick Common in Knaphill and alongside managing a team of ten I regularly engage in activities with the children both in nursery and out at our Forest School sessions. Peter Pan is a term time only sessional preschool offering morning sessions and an extended school length day. We offer full forest school sessions too with two forest school trained practitioners.
Donna Harwood-Duffy - Vice Chair
Dorking and Chertsey Nursery Schools and Mole Valley Family Centre
I have worked in primary and nursery settings in Surrey and overseas as a qualified teacher for over twenty years, spending most of my career working in the early years. I have been the Headteacher at Dorking Nursery School since September 2013, one of Surrey's four maintained Nursery Schools. Since September 2018, I became the Executive Headteacher across both Dorking and Chertsey Nursery School. I also lead the Family Centre in Mole Valley, having led the Children's Centre in Dorking prior to the creation of Family Centre's in Surrey. I am a National Leader of Education, recognised by the DfE as providing system leadership to the sector, Dorking Nursery School is a National Support School.
Red Balloon Nurseries Ltd
I am co-owner and co-director of Red Balloon Nurseries based in Cobham, Weybridge and Ockham. Prior to starting Red Balloon I worked as a Brand Manager at British Airways for 10 years. I met my business partner at NCT classes and our shared passion for high quality childcare led us to establish our own nursery. I am Mum to two daughters, both at university now, but who started their educational journey at Red Balloon! Our nurseries are full day care, 7.30am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, 51 weeks per year – we have 300 registered families across our three settings, all three of which are rated Ofsted Outstanding.
Over the past 16 years I have gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in the PVI sector and am still just as passionate about children achieving the best possible outcomes in their formative early years.
Caterham Prep School
I am the Head of Pre-Prep at Caterham Prep School. We are an Independent School which educates children from 3 to 18 years old. Children can join our Pre-School class (3 and 4 years old) or our Reception classes (4-5 years old). We are a term time only setting who offer mornings or full days in our Pre-School class before all children attend full-time from Reception. I have worked in education for 18 years, across six schools and have been a Headteacher at three very different schools, both in the State and Independent sector. Early Years is my passion and I have always embraced opportunities to share my knowledge and experience. I have completed further study, trained as an EYFS inspector, spoken at national conferences and delivered staff training to many different types of settings.
The Stables, Felcourt
Bus Stop Pre-School, Nursery and Forest School
My name is Kate Rice, I own and run Bus Stop Preschool, Nursery and Forest School, plus Bus Stop Forest School Training. I train Forest School and Outdoor Learning practitioners all over Surrey. I have worked in Childcare and Education since 1976, I have been a sole trader since 1992. I hold a BA Hons in Childcare and Education. I am a qualified Youth worker, previously the Leader in Charge at Bookham Youth Centre and Bookham Boys Club. I have also worked with Surrey County Council as a Family Support Worker working with Families in Need.
Nurturing Childcare Ltd
I am a parent of 2 grown up children and have lived in Surrey for over 20 years. I am joint Director of Nurturing Childcare Ltd. I co-established the company in 2004 and have been instrumental in it's expansion from a single, 36 place preschool to 2 settings with over 180 children on role. We have a 60 place wrap around care preschool for 2-5 year olds (open 48 weeks, 7.30am -6pm) and a 58 place nursery for 0 -5 years. I am qualified as an Early Years Professional and completed a Masters in Early Education at Sheffield University. I also helped set up and run St. Paul's Children Centre and was the coordinator. I have been part of the Early Years Reference group since its formation and have been the PVI representative for Schools forum for over 8 years. I am passionate about fair funding for all children in our education system and equality for all early years' children.
The Little Sweethearts Montessori
I started my childminding journey when my daughter was small, alongside being a foster carer to teenage placements. This led me to do further training, and after achieving my Diploma in Social Work, I spent six years as a Children and Families social worker. In 2007 I returned to childminding and set up the Little Sweethearts to provide childminding as a high quality, home based childcare option. I hold an NNEB certificate and an International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy. My love of the natural world and the benefits that this can bring to children led me to become a Level 3 Forest School Leader and we incorporate the Forest School approach into our services.
I was part of Surrey's Childminding Network and achieved the Quality Improvement Award and The Little Sweethearts Montessori has just has gained accreditation under the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board (MEAB) scheme.
Leela Sivaloganathan- Jones
Little Angels Preschool and Nursery
I am own and manage two term time Ofsted Outstanding pack-away nurseries in the Cobham area - Little Angels. After graduating from university with an IT degree and working in the financial services industry for many years, I was drawn to a more meaningful career, where I felt I could make a real difference.
I retrained in Early Years, first volunteering, gaining my level 3 qualification, followed by my EYPS qualification and have now been working in this long undervalued sector for 10 years, trained as DSL and SENCO. I feel passionate about this sector and my philosophy is simple, to embed core values in the Early Years. I am a champion for inclusivity as evidenced by the wide ethnic and special educational need mix of the children in our settings.
A previous member of the Early Years Reference Group in Surrey, I have always been vocal about the issues faced by small providers and have never been afraid to challenge proposals to ensure that providers, parents and children from all sectors of our society are fairly supported. With the significant changes in government funding of early years places (such as the 30 hours model), there has never been a more important time to fully engage with Surrey to represent the views / needs of providers, parents and children with my experience and ethos I hope to make a real difference on the Early Years Phase council and more importantly I am prepared to offer my time!
Fetcham Village Pre School
I have been working in early education for over ten years; I have a degree in early childhood and have been a Pre-school manager for 8 years; my previous and current settings are both rated Outstanding by Ofsted in every area. I am passionate about empowering 'Early Years teaching'. Early yeas is a profession with a massive female majority, I feel it's overlooked, undervalued and underfunded. Early years is extremely important, alongside parents we create the foundations for all children's education. When children get a positive start, a pathway is created for future academic success and life achievement. This is essential, the experiences children have between 0-5 will shape their adult life and behaviours.
I have been a childminder for 12 years, starting after having my second child and I've never looked back. I'm based in Epsom Downs, having lived in Surrey all my life. In my time as a childminder, I have always been keen to learn more, obtaining a Level 4 in Childcare, taken part in the Early Years Quality Improvement Award and also been a Network Accredited Childminder. Over the past 12 years childcare has become my passion, and my aim as a childminder has always been to provide to a warm, welcoming and stimulating environment, building positive and nurturing relationships to ensure each child's individual needs are met so they can reach their full potential.
The Wharf Nursery School
I am very proud to have been the SENCo and a senior leader at The Wharf Nursery School, for the last eight years, having previously taught across the primary age phase in both the state and independent sector. The Wharf Nursery School is a well-respected, state maintained nursery school which has been at the heart of the community of Godalming since it was founded in 1947.
I am a passionate advocate for inclusive, high quality early years education and value working with parents/carers, health teams and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for all our children.
Fennies - Epsom
I have been working in the early years sector for 11 years and stumbled upon working within nurseries by pure accident. I began my time within nurseries as a bank member of staff and worked my way up through each role within the nursery settings, completing my Level 3 apprenticeship. I did take a step back from working in a nursery and undertook a health and safety role, auditing different early years settings which I gained valuable experiences. I then stepped back into the nursery environment after 2 years and began my journey into management.
I have worked at my current setting Fennies for 4 years now and had the most amazing experiences and life lessons within the sector. I have a real passion for ensuring children have the best start to their early life and that the practitioners within the settings have the opportunities to access training to promote their professional development.
You can contact any of the members to give them your comments and they will feed it back to the group.
Red Balloon Nurseries Ltd
Donna Harwood Duffy
Dorking Nursery School
Maintained Nursery School
Peter Pan Nursery and Forest School
The Wharf Nursery School
Maintained Nursery School
SW - Godalming
Bus Stop Pre-School
Nurturing Childcare Ltd
Extended Pre School
Wood Street Village
Leela Sivaloganathan- Jones
Little Angels Pre-School
Fetcham Village Pre-School