Tahira White

 

Life before St Petroc’s

After leaving college I embarked on a career in Administration.  I honed my skills in a variety of work places before landing a job as a Civilian typist in a busy police station in the Northwest.  Part of my duties involved transcribing evidence in criminal cases.  Having lead a sheltered existence some of the vocabulary used by the criminal fraternity required explanation from the more worldly wise of the offices of the law.  Needless to say during my early days in this role I frequently blushed and suffered embarrassment of having to type such colourful and descriptive language and practises.  My police career came to an end when my husband decided to start a family.  Over the next few years we had two children Charlotte and Stephen and I could regularly be seen pushing a tandem in all-weather around the Cheshire countryside. In 2000 my husband and I purchased a holiday home in Marhamchurch but the pull of Cornwall was such that 18 months later we moved permanently down and have never regretted it. 

 

What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

There can be nothing more rewarding in my opinion than watching young children grow and develop their personalities as well as achieve their full potential.  I experienced this with my own children and knew that I had found my vocation.  The more of one self that is shared with children the more one receives in return.  I feel it is hugely important to nurture our children and provide the best care possible for them as they will become our future. In order for me to provide the best possible care and education I undertook a BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies degree having first obtained a Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education.  This required balancing a full time job and running the Dolphins pre-school while meeting the needs of my family.  After much hard work and late nights I achieved my degree with Honours and successfully completed the Early Years Professional Status qualification which is teacher status for the Early Years. 

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

The White family have been nicknamed the ‘fit family’ as we enjoy physical pursuits involving cycling, climbing, running, hiking, kayaking and the use of a rowing machine.  I run several times a week and recently my family and I including Minnie the Terrier climbed Ben Nevis and successfully completed the Three Yorkshire Peaks Challenge which involves 24 miles of hiking and climbing to be completed under 12 hours.  Our future goals are to climb Mount Snowden and Scalfell Pike.  We can often be found on Dartmoor and walking along the Coastal path.  My husband enjoys collecting and driving classic cars and sometimes recruits me to join him on polishing and cleaning!!

 
 
Laura Bray

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I went to St Joseph’s School in Launceston for my senior years where I passed my GCSES and went onto study at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland.  From there I passed my NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoy watching the children develop their skills in their own time and how they make me laugh and smile.  They have so much imagination from small ideas given to them.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I milk and feed calves at my family’s dairy farm, meet up with friends and family once a week and go to a young farmers club.

 

 

Fiona Britten

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Having been a frequent visitor to Bude as a child, I was drawn here by its unique beauty and knew it would be a great place to raise my family.  After having my three children I volunteered at Bude Junior School and later became employed there for a period of 9 years. I worked as a lunchtime supervisor, supply teaching assistant and assistant caretaker.  Whilst working there I gained my NVQ level 3 in Childcare Learning and Development.

 

What do you most enjoy about St Petroc’s?

I have great pleasure working within the reception class at St Petroc’s, watching the children take their first steps into full time education. It’s a wonderful experience as I see them first hand develop new skills each day that will help them throughout their school life.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I play darts in the local ladies league, my most memorable achievement to date was playing world darts number 9 Gary Robson over one leg and defeating him. I enjoy running and each year participate in race for life, have also partaken in a sponsored 10k race in Bristol to help raise money for Bristol Children’s Hospital running in memory of my best friend’s son who was a pupil at the school. Anytime I have left is spent either supporting my daughter who plays football for Bude Ladies or my partner who manages a local football team.  Another of my hobbies is needlework and I can often be found doing some sewing of one kind or another.

 

 
 
 
Josie Brown

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Before St Petroc's I worked a season in France running a kids club; helping them to enjoy their holiday, join in with different activities and meet new people.  I have also worked as a nanny for a family in North Devon.  Before working in the childcare sector I looked after adults with physical disabilities.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoy watching children learn and develop, creating individual personalities.  I enjoy helping them to experience different opportunities both in, and outside the classroom.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Outside of St Petroc's I enjoy exploring the local environment, going for walks, bike rides and travelling often to the Lake District, to see my family.  I also enjoy socialising with friends and seeing my nieces.

 

 

 
Victoria Moore

 

Life before St Petroc’s

Life before St Petroc’s I started working at St Petroc’s in 2005 when I was only 18, so I have been here for most of my adult life. Before that, I worked in a surf shop in Bude upon leaving Budehaven. 

 

What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I enjoying knowing that I have been able to make an impact on a child’s life by helping them to achieve different milestones, for example by encouraging the babies to walk

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

Outside of the nursery, I spend quality time with my family, including my 2 young children, who I enjoy taking to the beach. When I have time, I enjoy baking which I usually share with the ladies at nursery! I am also currently studying at Duchy college to further my qualification in childcare.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stephanie Perry

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I went to St Austell College to study NVQ2 and NVQ3 in Childcare.   I then went onto work in a tearoom in Boscastle becoming head waitress there.  I then saw a job advertised for St Petroc’s nursery, applied and got the job and have been here for 4 years now. 

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

I love seeing smiles on their faces, hearing lots of laughter around the nursery and also knowing that I am role model for them. 

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

 I look after two children on a Thursday both boys aged 1 year and 3 years old.  I enjoy walks on the beach and also a drink in the sunshine!  I also love spending time with my two beautiful nieces Louise and Charlee.

 

 

Rebecca Symmons

 

Life before St Petroc’s

I worked at two nurseries gaining 6 years’ experience in early years and completed my level 3 NVQ.

 
What do you most enjoy about working in Early Years?

Knowing that you make a difference in the early years of a child’s life and helping them to develop valuable skills needed.

 

Life beyond St Petroc’s

I enjoy spending time with my son Tyler and being around family.  I love being outside going for walks seeing all the different wildlife we have around us.

 

 

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