Staffing at The Red House

The Red House has a very high staffing ratio. The highly skilled and highly qualified teaching bring a wealth of experience and expertise to The Red House including learning from Masters degrees in Education, Management organisational change,  Special Educational Needs, and Leadership.  Other graduate expertise includes: Forest School practice and leadership, Drama, Movement, Literature, Education Studies, and Drama therapy, Physical Education. There are currently 14 Qualified Early Years Teachers with postgraduate qualifications in teaching specialising in Early Years. There are Practitioners with level three qualifications in Early Years and childcare and practitioners with Foundation Degrees in Early childhood studies.

The Collective Qualifications of the current Team include:

 

Maggie Kirby

MEd. B.Ed (Hons). BA, Qualified Teacher Status. (Q.T.S)

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Maggie trained as a teacher at Worcester College of Higher Education specialising in Early Years, Movement and Dance and her teaching career began in Bristol following her interest in Special Needs. Maggie gained a further Professional Studies Certificate in Children with Learning Difficulties and an Advanced Certificate in Children with Behaviour Difficulties. Maggie taught Movement and Dance on adult courses, Professional Development courses for Teachers in Bristol and nationally. The courses were linked to all areas of Education including Special Needs and Initial Training of Teachers. She also taught movement at the then Nursery Nurses College and Kingsweston Special School. Maggie was Deputy Head Teacher and then Head Teacher of Baptists Mills Infant and Nursery School (Millpond St) and Head Teacher of Doncaster Road Infant and Nursery School (Badock Wood School). During a year’s secondment she gained  a 1st class Hons. Degree in Special Educational Needs and a Masters Degree researching Pre-School Intervention in the Early Years at Cardiff University. After leaving Doncaster Road Maggie lectured at St Mary College, Cheltenham training teachers in Early Years and Special Educational Needs. Working as a Research Associate in Movement Education at Bristol Polytechnic, Faculty of Education Maggie became Group Tutor and Early Years Lecturer on the Early Years Post Graduate Teacher course. She was appointed as Director of the Post Graduate Primary Course and  Director of Initial Teacher Education. She also ran in-service courses for serving teachers. Publications include Concorde film ’A matter of Confidence’ and a chapter ‘Creativity’ in Upton, G,ed on Special Educational Needs In 1988 Maggie and her husband, Neville opened The Red House. Maggie became a founder member of the Bristol Early Partnership trained and worked as an Ofsted Nursery Inspector. Maggie has been Chair of Governors for the College of Care and Education.

 

Joanna Kirby

MSc Management Development & Organisational Learning. Post Graduate Cert in Educational Research . Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). BA (Hons)

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 Jo has  over 25 years Management and Leadership experience within the Education sector including; Curriculum Management in a F.E Training College specialising in Early Years Care and Education, and experience as Head of School in the Faculty of Health and Education Studies at The City of Bristol College.  Jo’s Education, Leadership and Management experience has included the planning and leadership of the delivery of Early Years Education Training across the City of Bristol for full and part time students. These have included qualifications training from Foundation Level to Level 7. Lecturing experience includes- Post Graduate (MA) and Undergraduate programmes in Early Years Care and Education at UWE and  undergraduate and initial training and continuing professional development for qualified practitioners. Jo‘s extensive experience within Early Years includes work as a Personal Tutor, Assessor and Internal Verifier for NVQ’s, and she has been a Nursery Inspector for Ofsted and a trained assessor for the Early Years Professional Status. Jo began working at The Red House in 1989. Having left in 1996 to work in the wider education sector, she returned to The Red House in September 2001. Since then she has worked closely with the Local Authority chairing both the Training Working Group and Inclusion Working Group and planning and delivering specialist courses in Leadership for those who work in Early Years setting across Bristol.  Jo was an original member of the advisory board for North 3 Children’s Centre and has worked as Co-Network Coordinator for settings in North West Bristol. She was awarded Distinction for a MSc degree in Management Development and Organisation Change in 2007, has gained Early Years Professional Status.Jo has been a part of The Red House since 1989

Maggie Kirby

MEd. B.Ed (Hons). BA, Qualified Teacher Status. (Q.T.S)

Joanna Kirby

MSc Management Development & Organisational Learning. Post Graduate Cert in Educational Research . Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). BA (Hons)

Imogen Warren

Masters in Education (Med). Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). BA (Hons)

Yasmin Mohamud

Childcare and Education Level 3

 

Mike Dixon

Certificate in Education. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

 

Liz Benjamin

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years. Level3 Diploma in Early Years Learning and Development

 

Rachel Musandu

BA (Hons) Education in Professional practice

 

Astrid Thompson

BA Hons Anthropology and Development Studies PGCE Early Years (0-5) EYTS Level 3 Health and Social Care

 

Jemma Ashley

Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism. Early Years Professional Status. BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and English Language.

 

Joanna Haywood

Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism.

 

Natasha Mullen

BTEC Health and Social care level 3

 

Helen Fernandes

Post Graduate Diploma In Playwork and Leadership. BA (Hons) in Education and Psychology. Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

Sarah Fuller

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). BA (Hons)

Henry Topham

Foundation Degree in Performing Arts

 

Lynda Pope

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE in Early Years, Teacher Status (QTS), BSc (Hons), NVQ Level 3 in Early Years

 

Farah Al Fakhiri

BA (hons) in Media Practice

 

Juliet Evans

M.Ed, MA, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

 

Alice Human

BA(hons) Theatre and sonic arts practices, MA in dramatherapy in via; Currently in Training as a Drama-therapist

 

Nasima Chowdury

CACHE level 1 in Children ‘s Care, Learning Development and BTEC 1st Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning Development level 2

 

Charlotte Brewster

Bsc Sociology, Msc Social Work

 

Jake Arrindell

BA (Hons) Education in Professional practice

 

Phoebe Mayer

BA Hons East Asian History and MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy

 

Dave Coulstock

 

Hattie Bayes

BA Primary Education with Special and Inclusive Education

 

Claudia Gibbons

Ba(Hons) Fine Art

 

Jasmeet Kaur

NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development

 

Blanca Fernandez Garcia

Teaching Degree in Primary Education specialising in music. Camp Leader Diploma

 

Marco Giannerini

PGCE BA Hons (First Class) Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

 

Lorna Elson

 P.G.C.E (Early Years) BA Hons, NA for SEN

 

Imogen Warren

Masters in Education (Med). Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). BA (Hons)

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Imogen completed her Masters Degree in Education (MEd) in August 2012 through the Open University.  In 2007 Imogen completed her BA (Hon) in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Worcester.  In 2008 Imogen achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) through the University West of England.  Imogen started working at The Red House in June 2007 in the role of Lead Professional and is particularly focused on family support and working with outside agencies/ health professionals to best support children’s needs. Imogen specialises in leadership in education and has attended several courses in mentoring and coaching.  Imogen completed her BTEC National Diploma in Early Years from 2001 – 2003 and during these two years attended a variety of placements including Primary schools; Speech and Language resource base;  Forest school and  Early Years settings. Imogen worked for a year in a private nursery before starting her degree and then as a part-time educator for a child with multiple learning difficulties. Imogen has been a part of The Red House since 2007

Yasmin Mohamud

Childcare and Education Level 3

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Yasmin’s interest in working with children first began during secondary school when she spent her work experience week offering support in a Year 3 class. This experience inspired her to study and gain a Level 3 qualification in childcare and education in 2016. During studying she got o work with different age ranges from babies – 6 years through 2 years of placements. After qualifying she went on to work in a nursery as a practitioner with 2 – 3 year olds. This was a valuable time where she got to learn more about the responsibilities of being a key person and partnership working. Yasmin then chose to move on to supply in Early Years settings to gain more knowledge and perspectives of different practice. Yasmin joined The Red House in January 2018.

Mike Dixon

Certificate in Education. Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Mike received his Initial Teacher Training and teaching qualification from Weymouth Teacher Training College in 1978. Before this he had spent five years travelling in Europe working as a sales person in Holland and Germany, finally running a restaurant kitchen in Andorra. In 1981 Mike moved to Bristol and began work as a supply teacher in Reception classes at various schools across the city until he secured a part time permanent position as Reception class teacher in an infant school and then a permanent full time post as Reception and Year One teacher. In 1993 Mike decided to work with nursery children and was employed by the Y.M.C.A in a Nursery in Bath. While there he was encouraged to further his long term interest in the High Scope approach to children’s learning and studied various approaches to this philosophy. Since then he has worked in various nurseries with children from 6 months to 4 years old. In  “012 Mike completed Forrest School Training. Mike joined The Red House in September 2009

Charlotte Brewster

Bsc Sociology, Msc Social Work

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Charlotte has been interested in working in Early Years since completing work experience placements as a teenager, and volunteering for a charity that supports children with disabilities and their families. Since then Charlotte has spent time working in a Bristol secondary school, supporting children who found literacy more challenging. Charlotte also worked as a Family Support Practitioner with Action for Children in her MSC placement. This involved working with families at the risk of Social Care involvement and supporting the running of a separated parents information programme. Charlotte also worked as part of a study by University of Bristol into obesity prevention in Early Years. Since qualifying as a Social Worker, Charlotte worked in Adult Social Care before deciding that her passion lay in direct work with Early Years children. Charlotte joined The Red House in March 2018.

Liz Benjamin

Level 5 Foundation Degree in Early Years. Level3 Diploma in Early Years Learning and Development

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Liz began her career in childcare many years ago, she first worked as a Nanny and in 1983 setting up her own Nanny agency in Bristol coordinating the placement of nanny’s with families across the city. Liz was at this time a Governor for The Nursery Nurses College in Bristol and a visiting lecturer at Brunel College contributing to childcare courses in Further Education. Liz is a mother of four children including twins and views this role as one of the most important in her life. During her children’s pre-school years Liz became a registered childminder and has in this capacity cared for many young children from the ages four months to eight years. Whilst the passion for working with young children never left Liz she also gained experience in the business field, eventually starting her own re-location business. Later Liz returned to working in the Early Years sector gaining further experience in two local Nurseries working with children aged two to five years. During this time Liz also worked as a senior Play worker in a local after school club.  Liz was delighted to take on a new position at the Red House in February 2013. For  the past thirteen years Liz has been a close neighbour of The Red house and was aware of the Red House’s significance in the local area – many of her friends and neighbours families have attended The Red House in the past  and Liz would often walk past enjoying witnessing the children and adults interactions when outside. Liz has been working at The Red House since February 2013

Rachel Musandu

BA (Hons) Education in Professional Practice

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Rachel graduated in July 2013 with a BA (Hons) in Education in Professional Practice from the University West of England. During her studies Rachel had placements and volunteered in a number of different educational settings within Bristol including Secondary, Primary and a Local authority children’s centre. Rachel has experience of with a number of children with additional needs including Autism, Down-Syndrome and Aspergers. Rachel was originally born in Kenya and has grown up in Bristol and is the youngest of three siblings. Rachel is fluent in both Swahili and English and whilst volunteering in a Primary school Rachel also had the opportunity to act as a translator for children with English as an Additional Language. Rachel has been working at The Red House since November 2014

Alice Human

BA(hons) Theatre and sonic arts practices, MA in dramatherapy in via; Currently in Training as a Drama-therapist.

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 Alice is interested in the role creativity has to play in working with children and young people and is now training as a dramatherapist, doing her second year clinical placement with early years at The Red House.Alice initially trained at Dartington College of Arts where she learnt  about devised, collaborative, experimental theatre practices and sonic arts. This training included working with communities of children and young people  with a particular emphasis with with Reggio Amelia technique with 2-4 year olds. Alice has created a series of performances on both a collaborative and solo basis in spaces in and around Bristol and she has been involved with a series of performance projects, community projects and worked in a variety of play based settings.  Alice is passionate and committed to all of the arts, particularly singing, music and theatre. In addition Alice has worked extensively with children with profound and multiple learning disabilities creatively and in education and is empathic and patient when engaging with children with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.  She currently works supporting inclusion for all children at the red house and is committed to lifelong learning.  Alice joined the red house in Jan 2014.

Jemma Ashley

Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism. Early Years Professional Status. BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and English Language.

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Jemma has over eight years experience in Early Years and Teaching. In pursuit of a meaningful career to impact children’s relationship with learning and education Jemma completed her joint honours degree at The University of West of England in Early Childhood Studies and English Language. This included studies in child development, emotional development and socis economic influences. Following the completion of her degree she was appointed as the Pre-School Manager in a private Nursery, in this post Jemma was able to utilise and develop skills in Special Educational Needs and ICT. During this time Jemma also gained Early Years Professional Status through UWE and used this knowledge and training to facilitate positive change and raise the profile of children’s learning. In 2011 Jemma moved to another Early Years setting continuing her work in leading improvement and development of good practice. During this time Jemma’s partnership work with Reception class teachers in the local Primary school encouraged Jemma to undertake further training to develop her professional skills by enrolling on a PGCE programme of study at Bath Spa University, Jemma was awarded a PGCE 2012 at Masters level achieving and ‘Outstanding’ grade. Jemma Following this award Jemma became a mother herself and chose to spend the subsequent years to date raising and home educating her young family, Jemma embraces a natural, respectful parenting aspect. Jemma joined The Red House in May 2017.

Joanna Haywood

Post Graduate Certificate of Education with Early Years Specialism

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Joanna was inspired by her Godmother who started one of the first playgroups in the Sixties, which she herself attended and eventually supervised. After having children, she trained as a Teaching Assistant in her daughter’s school, working 1:1 with children with additional needs. This led to Joanna gaining QTS Early Years specialism at the University of Exeter in 2010. She then worked as a Reception Teacher in a private school and nursery. Her additional role in supporting the Early Years Apprentices at the nursery, resulted in her to training to become an Early Years and Support Teaching and Learning Assessor and obtaining in 2015 a City and Guilds level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment.  Joanna was recently part of a Take Art research project in Somerset on the value of music in Early Years education and she is learning to play classical guitar as a result of this. Joanna’s last placement won an award of excellence for supporting children with English as an additional language and she has lots of experience in this area.

Helen Fernandes

Post Graduate Diploma In Playwork and Leadership. BA (Hons) in Education and Psychology. Level 3 Diploma in Playwork

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Helen graduated in June 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Education and Psychology at Cardiff University. Helen’s administrative experience within educational settings includes, extensive work in the City of Westminster College London and in Bristol Secondary Schools. Her teaching experiences include working as a Classroom Assistant for Kumon, a programme which involved supervising Maths and English for Primary school aged children.  Helen joined The Red House in April 2006 with responsibilities for the organisation of administration related to children and families and their access to care and education at The Red House. In 2009 Helen was awarded a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Playwork and undertook the leadership of the Out of School Provision at The Red House by becoming Playleader whilst remaining in the Administrative role. In addition Helen has completed a counseling course for children and adults and achieved a CWDC Post Graduate award in Management and Leadership of Integrated Services in Playwork through the University of the West of England. Helen Joined The Red House in April 2006

 

Sarah Fuller

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). BA (Hons)

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Sarah began her career in Early Years by caring for children – babysitting for close friends and families, at this time she was studying for GCSEs whilst developing a keen interest and career orientation towards Early Years Care and Education. This began with A level studies in Textiles and Health and Social Care after successfully achieving these Sarah progressed to University of the West of England where she studied Education and Early Childhood Studies at Degree level, Sarah’s particular skills and commendations were in her work related to the symbolic representation in early childhood experiences and children’s effective involvement in play and learning.  Whilst studying at University Sarah also worked with a family providing support and specialist care for a young child with Special Educational Needs. Sarah graduated in 2007 with a 2:1 along with Early Years Pediatric training and Basic Food Hygiene certificates. Sarah has also recently achieved Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) at The University of the West of England, this Post Graduate award qualifies practitioners to lead the implementation the Early Years Foundation Stage. Sarah joined The Red House in 2007.

Henry Topham

Foundation Degree in Performing Arts

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Henry completed a foundation degree in performing arts in 2010 at Plymouth University. After he graduated Henry started working for a drama company that ran workshops and plays for children aged 2 – 18 based in schools within Bristol and the surrounding area. During these Workshops and performances Henry used drama based learning to cover topics such as bulling and online safety and would work specifically with children helping them to develop their self confidence, how to work well with others and how to express emotions through performing arts.  After running workshops on online safety in schools Henry worked with reception and year 1 classes and was keen to continue working within early years and contacted The Red House to peruse this interest and so Henry began work with at The Red House in January 2015

Lynda Pope

Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE in Early Years, Teacher Status (QTS), BSc (Hons), NVQ Level 3 in Early Years

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Lynda began her career in childcare when her three children were at primary school and volunteered as a parent helper in their school. This experience of working with young children and bringing up her own created a passion to train as an Early Years Teacher. Lynda worked in a number of different Early Years settings whilst studying for her NVQ qualification. In 2005 Lynda decided to build on this Early Years foundation and trained as a teacher, completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education, specialising in Early Years, at the University West of England. Lynda then worked as a year 1 and year 2 teacher for a short time and continued to work as a supply teacher within the Bristol area working in both schools and nursery settings and in 2009 Lynda completed her teacher training by gaining her Qualified Teacher Status. Lynda joined The Red House team in July2015.

Farah Al Fakhiri

BA (hons) in Media Practice

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Farah graduated in 2014 with a BA (hons) in Media Practice at University of the West of England. Farah’s interest in working with children started whilst working as a customer service advisor where she once had to cover in a soft play area in Bath. She enjoyed it so much that she then started volunteering for a private company that runs after school club for young children whilst she worked full time. Her passion for working with children grew, as she wanted to make more of an impact on children’s lives. In 2017 Farah moved to Bristol to start her journey in gaining experience and knowledge in Early Years educational setting. She has done agency work, which allowed her to work in many different nurseries, picking up various skills and valuable experiences along the way. She hopes to have amassed a broad range of experiences working with early years as well as knowledge of the most effective type of pedagogy through study and practice that she will gain by working as an Early Years practitioner at The Red House and aspires to complete her PGCE.

Juliet Evans

M.Ed, MA, PGCE, BSc (Hons)

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Juliet has over 20 years experience working with young children in several different countries. She graduated from Loughborough University with a degree in Psychology, and then completed a PGCE in Early Years. She has taught at preschools and nurseries in Australia, Japan and Mexico. In Mexico she taught Reception age bilingual children at a large international school in Guadalajara, later becoming a teacher-librarian and administrator of the school’s libraries. During this time she studied a Masters in International education and another in Educational technology, both through American universities. Since moving to Bristol, Juliet has worked as a supply teacher in Reception classes at various schools throughout the city. Juliet joined The Red House in February 2018.

Jozsef Torma – known as Toto

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Toto joined The Red House as Chef in June 2010, having previously worked at Banco Lounge in Totterdown. Toto is originally from Hungary and moved to England in 2007. In Hungary Toto’s Mum has been a teacher in a Nursery school for 38 years and was Toto’s and his sister’s teacher. Toto’s sister has two daughters and two sons, he has always been surrounded by lots of children and has helped his sister by looking after her children which has proved to be useful experience for working at The Red House. Toto really enjoys cooking and finds maintaining a healthy balanced diet very important. Since he has been working for The Red House Toto has attended many courses on food and nutrition guidelines for children, where he has furthered his knowledge on how to cook for children and make sure that the meals at The Red House are delicious, exciting and healthy.

Lorna Elson

P.G.C.E (Early Years) BA Hons, NA for SEN

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Lorna has worked with children and families ever since leaving school. She is a qualified Nursery Nurse and worked as a Nanny, a Classroom Assistant, a Pre School Supervisor and in a Romanian orphanage before returning to study in 2002. In 2005 Lorna achieved a First class honours degree in Early Childhood Studies and became involved in family support work within Children’s Centres. She subsequently decided to train to become a Teacher and studied for a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Early Years) at Bath Spa University. Lorna has seven years teaching experience and has worked within schools in the Somerset area. Alongside teaching full-time she also gained the national Award for Special Educational Needs, a Masters level qualification to assist her role as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) alongside classroom based teaching. Lorna is also an approved Foster Carer for the Somerset Local Authority. Lorna Joined The Red House in March 2018.

Marco Giannerini

PGCE BA Hons (First Class) Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

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Marco started his career with children volunteering as a play worker for an Italian independent charity promoting Children’s Rights in deprived areas, while studying for his Philosophy Degree. He decided to study for a PGCE at the same time, and, once obtained a BA (First Class, Honours), started to pursue this interest professionally, working as an educator with unaccompanied migrant minors, and then with children and adolescents from ROMA gipsy communities for ten years. These two experiences shaped his professional identity around multi-agency work and the complex needs of children and families from deprived and multi-lingual contexts. Meanwhile, he started working in Early Years settings for the same organisation, still focusing on Inclusion and Special Needs, but developing an interest that begun with his experience as a father of three children. Marco moved to the UK in the winter of 2013, and, after a brief experience in Waldorf education, worked as a Family Support Team Leader at St Pauls’ Nursery School and Children Centre, before gaining recognition of his QTS status, and then as a Specialist Teacher for children with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities at Ilminster Avenue Specialist Nursery School, where he collaborated within a multi-agency team with OTs, Physiotherapists, Educational Psychologists in an Inclusive Early Years setting. Marco joined The Red House in April 2018.

Jake Arrindell

BA (Hons) Education in Professional practice

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Jake graduated in July 2014 and achieved a first in his BA (Hons) Education in Professional Practice from the University West of England.  During his final year Jake completed his dissertation with research in to children and adults attitudes to gender.  Jake has worked in varying roles and in different areas across the nursery environment. Jake has 2 young sons and is also a registered and practicing  foster carer.  Through fostering Jake has attended a number of courses specialising  in theories of children’s emotional development and attachment.. Jake is very interested in sport and fitness and plays a significant part in role modeling an active lifestyle to the children.  In 2005 Jake completed a Diploma in Personal Training and Fitness Instruction and worked for 2 years as a Personal Trainer. Jake joined The Red House in February 2011

 

Phoebe Mayer

BA Hons East Asian History and MA Postcolonial Culture and Global Policy

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Phoebe has always had a passion for engaging children in learning and creative play and has accrued experience in primary and early year’s settings throughout her studies and employment. This started initially through her musical training in the Suzuki method, which used a child centered and play based approach to teach violin from the age of four. Building on this, Phoebe began teaching piano informally to children she childminded and later during her roles as a nanny whilst living in London. In addition to teaching classical, Phoebe particularly enjoys teaching blues improvisation which she believes encourages confidence in children to have ownership of their learning journey. Between her undergraduate at SOAS and masters degree at Goldsmiths’, Phoebe worked as a reception year teaching assistant and nursery practitioner at children’s centres where her recognition of, and passion for, the importance of early years education was firmly embedded. She went on to volunteer as a nursery assistant for charities in India and Guatemala before moving to Bristol to work in Education Policy and Funding. During this employment, however,  Phoebe ‘supplemented her office job’ working as a mentor and ‘reading buddy’ for children with Dyslexia and English as a second language, and has decided to make her passion for early years teaching and child development a full time career.

Dave Coulstock

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Dave lives locally at Jonathan House and has been regularly volunteering at The Red House for over 27 years – almost from the day that the Nursery first opened. Dave has particular responsibilities for helping children preparing the Nursery lunch times and overseeing the provision of resources This includes helping children mix and replenish paint, preparing paper for children to use and ensuring that there is always sufficient sand and clay available.  Dave takes an important role in all outside activities. In addition Dave takes responsibility for organising stock deliveries. Dave joined The Red House in 1988

Hattie Bayes

BA Primary Education with Special and Inclusive Education

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Part of a family who foster, Hattie was certain she wanted to work with children from a young age. From 2013-2016, she attended the University of Roehampton, in South West London for her undergraduate degree while nannying part-time. Here, she studied BA Primary Education with Special and Inclusive Education and completed placements in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 in private, special and mainstream schools. She achieved a 2:1 degree classification with ‘Outstanding’ teaching practice throughout. In her final year, Hattie specialised in the teaching of Humanities in Early Years and Key Stage 1. After her degree, Hattie went on to be subject leader for Geography for her inner-city school as well as working across both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Hattie moved from London to Bristol in August 2018 and joined The Red House Team.

Claudia Gibbons

Ba(Hons) Fine Art

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Claudia studied fine arts at University of East London, focusing on Sculpture and large scale abstract work. During this time Claudia was fascinated by the wealth of culture in London leading her to work in a bespoke bakery working with people from all over the world. This experience inspired her to travel and work abroad. After working in several Spanish speaking countries, she returned to Bristol to begin her long term goal of working in education. Coming from a large family and babysitting since early teens, Claudia has always been interested in creative ways in which to support the intellectual, personal and social development of children. Her passions include Arts, crafts, nutrition, nature and foreign languages. Claudia works at The Red House as a professional artist, within her role Claudia works alongside the children and utilises her professional practice to demonstrate artistic methods, creating projects that encompass literacy, mathematics and storytelling enabling children to access their unlimited inner creativity to use as a learning and therapeutic tool. Claudia joined The Red House in March 2017.

Jasmeet Kaur

NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care Learning and Development

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During her last two years at school, Jaz gained a lot of experience with children; she visited many different nurseries and got to know various settings around Bristol. She then went on to college to study Early Years Care and Education and achieved a CACHE Level 2 in Caring for Children Award. During her studies Jaz gained further experience working in both LEA and non-maintained Nurseries. In 2005 Jaz went on a gap year in India where she had the opportunity to visit some Indian schools and learn the cultural and educational differences.  On return Jaz joined a supply agency and has gained further experience working at various Nurseries around Bristol.   Jaz started working at The Red House as an Early Years Practitioner and now has since completed her studies at Level 3 at City of Bristol College where she has achieved the Level 3 National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Jaz has been working at The Red House since 2006

Nasima Chowdury

CACHE level 1 in Children ‘s Care, Learning Development and BTEC 1st Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning Development level 2

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Nasima has worked with children since 2007, when completing a CACHE level 1, her placements included   primary , nursery and reception classes Nasima worked in schools for 18 months; at the same time she registered with an agency  and worked with many settings between  March 2007 and  May 2013 Nasima has also worked across Manchester and Stockport in primary schools, pre- schools and day care centres, as a nursery nurse, child care, crèche and a Teaching Assistant before taking on a  permanent position at a primary school.  Nasima also worked in the Chinese Women’s Society as a crèche worker from June 2008 to May 2010. In August 2014, Nasima moved to Bristol to be closer to  family and secured a part time position in a Bristol  primary school. Nasima has always been  interested in working with children. she  has three boys of her own and the experience of motherhood has been challenging yet very rewarding. This increased my passion to work with other children.

Blanca Fernandez Garcia

Teaching Degree in Primary Education specialising in music. Camp Leader Diploma.

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Blanca completed her degree in 2014, in the University of Cáceres in Extremadura, Spain specialising in the teaching of music. Blanca also has trained and is qualified as a residential camp leader for young children, placements during this training gave her the opportunity to work with children aged one to twelve years old as well as the opportunity to work alongside other professionals from teaching establishments. These experiences provided her with a wide knowledge of child development and various educational approaches. After that, in 2015 Blanca decided to move to Bristol looking for new challenges and experiences in a new and different education system. Meanwhile since 2011 Blanca continues her personal professional studies through distance learning with a particular emphasis on emotional intelligence, the acquisition of language and bilingualism.  Since coming to the UK, she also attends different English courses which offer her a range of tools and good communication skills for working in the sector. Blanca joined The Red House team in January 2018, after working for several months on supply with The Red House.

Natasha Mullen

BTEC Health and Social care level 3

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Natasha Mullen is working as a nursery practitioner for The Red House having previously volunteered with us while at Sixth Form. This past year she has been completing an apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in a local primary school, where she has gained lots of useful knowledge and experience in looking after young children within the foundation stage. Here she supported the classroom teacher in taking the children to Forest School, created supportive materials, and provided one-to-one support. Whilst completing her studies Natasha volunteered on a regular basis at numerous Bristol nurseries, where she gained invaluable experience for working with children aged 6 months to school age. Natasha joined The Red House in 2018.

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