Gwyneth Keen

 

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I am a mum of two boys and am the centre manager, I also run Mighty Oaks Little Acorns in Tredworth.

Having spent many years as a professional singer, and performing at venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, NEC and numerous Art Centres; Theatres and Festivals across Europe and the UK, I released 5 albums and enjoyed delivering workshops and seminars on traditional music and stage performance for Trinity College, individual centres, festivals and colleges. I obtained a Ba (hons) in Childhood and Development and began to specialise in Early Years.

Having now worked in the Early Years Sector for the past 16 years; I hold the position of Centre Manager for the nursery and Early Years Lead Practitioner for Gloucestershire County Council. My roles are varied and offer a wealth of diversity and allow me to develop a range of different skills. I hold a Ba (hons) in Childhood and Youth Studies, an MSc in Psychology, a Ma in Early Years and Professional Development, TAQA (Assessor Award), ELKAN (Communication and Language) and an Advanced Diploma in SEN. I also hold a full first aid certificate, relevant training for my role as DSL (Designated Safeguarding Lead for Child Protection) food and hygiene, safe recruitment and a wide range of training in all areas associated with my role.

Within my role as Centre Manager I am responsible for both the Nursery and the Extended Services offered by the Primary School. Within this role I manage two teams and a total of 10 staff; I am committed to maintaining and developing high standards of care and education and understand that this relies on the expertise, commitment and shared aim of my team. I frequently mentor staff through training needs, offering support and guidance and am committed to each member of staffs CPD, this is ascertained through regular staff appraisals and both formal and informal discussions and observations. I am also responsible for the care and education of the children, the development of the centre as a community space and the development of partnerships with parents and multi agency working. I also hold an assessors award and this enables me to assess students in the area of EY, undertaking observations, setting written work and assessing files, this involves both summative and formative assessment. I also specialise in and teach music, singing and drama and perform regularly as a professional singer.

I was involved in the pilot project as a ‘Lead Professional’ for Gloucestershire County Council’s Early Years Team and have continued that role for the past 7 years; I have really enjoyed this opportunity, sharing good practice with other settings, meeting other practitioners and developing my own reflective practice thus contributing to my own development as an Early Years Practitioner. I believe that working with young children is intrinsically motivating; my role is to share my experience, passion, motivation, knowledge and enthusiasm to extend and support this motivation for the children and parents I share the setting with, the team I work with and the community I support.

I also am a member of the Early Years Provider Forum for Gloucestershire, Early Years Provider Board and an Early Years representative within the schools forum all of which I enjoy. I enjoy the diversity of my roles, as a person I enjoy challenge, decision making, creative input and leading a team.