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Five sleeps left until myself and 5 others put ourselves through a gruelling 10-12 mile run interspersed with 19 - 22 army style obstacles. What are we thinking you may ask?! However I have to admit I am actually looking forward to the event now and even believe it will be great fun. Please see following link to find out about the event It claims to allow you to "discover a camaraderie" with your team participants and others participating which sadly is experienced far too rarely these days - so if nothing else will be a giggle. To top it all we are doing this event for a good cause namely Annabelles Challenge. Relatives of ours have children who go to school with Annabelle and see first hand how difficult it can be in the day to day activities other children take for granted. For that reason the 'Blood, Sweat and Stupidity' team are hoping to raise awareness and much needed funds for the charity. If you are able to support us by a small donation please visit the following justgiving page Thank you to those who can sponsor in support and I hope to post photos after the event to show us all at the end of the course (apparently only 78% of people complete it - fingers crossed!). Hayley Knowles
Consultant Clinics with Gillian Kitchen, will enable attendees at our early years network evening to get free professional advice from Gillian whom brings a wealth of experience within early years and coaching and mentoring. This is an opportunity not to be missed!!! Gillian Kitchen: I bring over 25 years experience at senior management level in the field of early years and childcare. I have worked in many local authorities, advised local authorities on the development of children’s centres and have also worked with the private and voluntary sectors. Currently working as: • early years inspector for Ofsted • tutor for NDNA • mentor for Lancaster university for leaders of children’s centres • qualified leadership coach and mentor • early year’s consultant • registered and approved Growth Coach for Growth Accelerator enabling growth orientated businesses to gain up to 50% match funding for leadership development Specialities include: Preparation for your early years Ofsted inspection, including mock inspections, review of your SEF and building staff confidence to achieve the best outcome for your setting. Training and workshops for staff in safeguarding, peer observation, induction, supervision and appraisals. Coaching and mentoring for leaders developing innovation and leadership. I bring energy, passion and insight to support those I work with to assist them to gain a better understanding of themselves and their work. Qualifications MA - Leadership, ILM qualified in leadership and executive coaching and mentoring, qualified social worker and NNEB. I will be available for prescheduled 10 min slots on the evening to discuss any issues that you may have relating to your setting in the area’s identified. Alternatively why not use your session to try out speed coaching and plan some positive changes at work or at home. Contact us on 08448225727 to attend the event and to book your session with Gillian on the 17th June at the village hotel from 5.00pm