About me

I have over 20 years experience of teaching and leading the Early Years Foundation Stage. I have also held Assistant and Deputy headship positions but always retaining close links with early years.  I spent several years working with Croydon early years team, moderating the Foundation Stage Profile and sharing good practice with other schools in the borough. 

I am a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for early years and lead training courses for both teachers and School Direct students, at the teaching school at West Thornton Primary Academy in Croydon. In this capacity, I have successfully worked with both schools and individual teachers to develop their practice and move teaching and learning forward.  Feedback on the training has been excellent and delegates have commented on the positive impact this has had on both provision and teaching and learning.   You can see some of the feedback below.


Developing outdoor learning provision in the early years

“Very enjoyable and being actively engaged was a great touch rather than being spoken at all day!”  Teacher –  Parkhill Infants, Croydon

“Very useful and lots of food for thought. I feel much more enthusiastic now about how to move forward with using our outdoor area.”  Teacher – Cypress Primary School, Croydon

“Excellent!”  Teacher – Rockmount Primary, Croydon

“Brilliant ideas and very interactive.”  Teacher – Whitehorse Manor Infants, Croydon

“I gained lots of knowledge and fantastic ideas on how to engage children in outdoor activities.”  Teacher – The Crescent Primary School, Croydon

Phonics in Action

“Planning activities outside, in-depth knowledge on how to plan for and deliver lessons. Really engaging! Thank you.”  School Direct student
“The course was well designed with good content, plenty of opportunities to discuss practices and share ideas.”  Teacher – St Nicholas Primary, Croydon
“Found this course very useful and came away with some fantastic ideas, can’t wait to take back to school and hopefully put in practice.”  Teacher – Greenvale Primary, Croydon

How to Lead the Early Years from Good to Outstanding

“This course is the most useful course, re EYFS, that I have been on to date with lots of very useful information and tips.”  Teacher – Balgowan Primary School, Bromley
“Jackie is a great trainer who shares her experiences freely. I love her passion for early years!”   Member of Early Years team at Croydon Local Authority