Top marks for pre-school workers

Skools Inn staff Faye Scott (left) and Kirsty Oldroyd who have qualified with Early Years Professional Status. With them are Lilly Mae Barkworth, Daisy Mae Hobbs and Kate Charnley.
Skools Inn staff Faye Scott (left) and Kirsty Oldroyd who have qualified with Early Years Professional Status. With them are Lilly Mae Barkworth, Daisy Mae Hobbs and Kate Charnley.

They’ve made the grade!

They’ve made the grade!

Nursery workers at Skools Inn, Poulton Road, have upped their game and studied for a top qualification to give them teacher status.

Faye Scott and Kirsty Oldroyd have just gained their Early Years Professional Status at Edge Hill College – the top qualification in their field.

It now means that two key members of staff at the thriving nursery are qualified to teacher status – and their training has brought a whole new aspect to the pre-school environment.

Kirsty, 27, said: “It was a difficult course but I really enjoyed it.

“It wasn’t easy to get on the course in the first place, we had to go through a series of tests and interviews to be accepted.

“The course gave me more of an overview of the nursery and we have been able to use the training to implement new policies and a few improvements.

“One idea which has had a great impact on the boys is a lock and key board which helps with their fine motor skills.

“We have more boys than girls at the moment and it’s difficult to get boys to sit down and draw with pencils, so we made a board with latches, keys, bolts, things they need to use their fingers and thumbs for to develop their fine motor skills.

“And they love it, they’re learning and developing without even realising.”

Faye and Kirsty were already educated to degree standard before starting the course.

Faye, 32, is the manager at Skools Inn and has been there since the pre-school and after school club opened 18 months ago.

Alongside her EYPS course, Faye was completing a degree in Early Years Leadership and Management.”

At that time they had just six children on the books – now they are full to capacity with 69.

Mandy Woolford, proprietor and general manager, said: “I am really proud of them, their qualifications are rare in a pre-school.

“They have done very well.”