Hello! My name is Lisa and I am the Playspace Manager at Third Door. Every fortnight, clinic I will be sharing with you interesting stories, sildenafil case studies, cialis tips and knowledge I have gained throughout my experience as an Early Childhood Practitioner.

I am passionate about my choice of career in Early Years Care and Education as I strive to be a positive role model to both children, parents and my childcare colleagues. I believe in professional development and have gained both a Foundation degree in Early Years Care and Education and a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Studies. Incidentally, the Government are insisting that all Childcare Managers have degree level qualifications by 2015, so I’m pleased to say that I have planned ahead for my career!

One of the areas I want to advocate as a Nursery Manager is the Parent and Carer Partnership. Ofsted stipulate a strong emphasis on parent and carer partnership, and very recently introduced a publication called “Every Parent Matters”,  which again highlights the importance and advantages  of developing such a  relationship.

I often meet working parents who are concerned and often anxious about the fact that that they are not able to spend enough time with their child doing those simple yet very important and cherished activities such as playing or just enjoying quality time together. In the fast paced and busy world we live in today, it’s no surprise that an increasing number of parents are finding it difficult to keep track of what stage of learning that their children are at.

Additionally, in most day care settings, a slip of paper is handed to the parent at the end of their child’s day to let them know of feed times, nappy changes and a quick sentence of an activity that the child may have done in their day. Parents are usually not informed on or advised on what areas the child is excelling in or needs developing.

From a personal point of view, I feel utmost satisfaction when a parents face lights up when I point out observations I have made on their child, or when a parent informs me what amazing progress their child has made after they followed a tip I have made about developing their childs in a certain area.

I believe that being an excellent childcare practitioner is about team effort and a shared understanding that we both want the best for their child. When I came across the role of Playspace (Nursery) Manager at Third Door, I was delighted to learn that the founders’ vision is to focus on fostering the parent-carer partnership that I strongly believe in. Naturally, I jumped at the chance when offered the role and am very much looking forward to meeting our members, getting to know you and your little ones and  working with you on developing your child.

The Playspace within  Third Door is an Ofsted registered nursery for children from the age of three months up to the age of 8 years old. We follow the Early Years Foundations Scheme so all the children that attend our setting will follow a development plan regardless of how little or how often they visit the setting.