Further Education qualification(s):

NVQ Level 3 Childcare 

What qualities do you need to work at Dallington?

Specialist skills, common sense, knowledge, sense of humour, flexibility and a caring attitude. 

What is unique about Dallington?

Small, non selective, child centred and creative. 

How many years have you been working with children and how many of those have been at Dallington?

About 32 years all at Dallington. First as a lunchtime assistant, then part time. In 1982 I began full time. 

What do you hope to imbue in the children?

Independence, confidence, skills, knowledge, enjoyment. 

What do you like to teach most?

All areas. 

What are your interests and how do they impact on your time with the children?

Sewing, cooking and gardening. 

Who or what inspires you?

Children – when they really want to learn. 

If you had a wish, what would it be?

To win the lottery. 

What was your experience at your school?

I never went much.

What do you wish you had known at school that you know now?

Everything. 

What makes you happy/sad?

Holidays/Packing boxes. 

Tell us something you have learned from a child...

To make sure my dress isn’t tucked into my knickers.

Tell us a secret…

I’m a ballerina at the weekend!!!

Tell us a joke!

Sorry can’t think of one. Not great with jokes. 

If you could learn anything, what would it be?

To keep my mouth shut at times. 

If you weren’t in the job you are now, what would you like to do or be?

Road sweeper.