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  • When I worked at Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education, my passion was to enable the personal growth of parents and children, by holding experiential workshops and facilitating group work, role play and creativity.

    I was always fascinated in observing the play, development and creativity of children.

    Unfortunately as the years progressed and demands for higher achievers in pre-schools came from government, I became mainly, a programme manager, lecturer and examiner.
    I only had a yearly contract and was re employed on the basis of the students evaluations of my teaching skills, which kept me on my toes, but it was stressful wondering at the beginning of each educational year if I would have enough students to fill the three modular course.

    After 25 years I became disenchanted by my role as many students who achieved high grades for theoretical assignments; did not manage to empathise with the children in their care.

    When I assessed my students in their workplace, their managers just wanted me to tick all the boxes without providing more training.

    I totally disagreed with the government’s new initiative of taking in children of only three years of age into organised classes rather than allowing them free play.

    I eventually left the college to live in a spiritual retreat in Scotland and spend time, painting dancing and running open mike sessions.
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