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Spotlight on..... Preschool Room Leader Amy Bentley

June 4, 2018 11:05 am

Amy is one of our most highly qualified practitioners with a BA Degree in Early Years Care and Education, one day she would like to gain her Early Years Professional status.

Firstly congratulations on your promotion to Elderberries (Preschool) Room Leader at Bitterne Park! What are your ambitions for your new room? 

You already have your degree in Early Years care, what are your professional ambitions? I am very excited to have taken the SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) role at the Mulberry Bush Bitterne Park. I love the challenge of supporting these children, it is wonderful when you are able to help them negotiate the additional bumps in the road that life has handed them and watch them continue to progress and achieve. I would like to continue to train in this area.
I am also keen to gain my Forest School qualification. I love to get the children outside and the amazing garden at Bitterne Park gives us so many opportunities to explore and get muddy! I find that the ability to experiencing the world in a very visceral and tangible way is hugely valuable for the children especially as many are growing up in an urban community.

Why do you enjoy working with children? No two days are the same, I love the children’s imagination they take you with them on their journeys. Seeing them develop is a thrill I am as excited as they are and so proud of them when they achieve even the smallest of mile stones, it is very satisfying.

What do you think working for the Mulberry Bush offers you as a professional? I know that I have lots of opportunities to progress. Vitally I feel that my ideas are listened to and taken on board. I feel that I am really involved and have a direct impact on the children’s environment as well as the nursery itself.

You are heading the Elderberries Room at the new Bitterne Park nursery. What are your thoughts on this new Mulberry Bush? I am so excited about the amazing spaces that we have created, especially downstairs.  The free flow access to the garden is so liberating, to be able to open the doors and enable the children to make truly independent choices about how to use their environment is really exciting. I have been very involved in the development of the garden from the beginning so I am particularly enthusiastic about how we will use and develop this area of the nursery.

How long have you worked at TMB for? Nearly 2 years

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Moving forward in my career but still working closely with the children. I would really love to specialise in outside play for example.

Now for the really important questions!

What’s your favourite ice cream? Oreo cookies (no hesitation!)

What’s your favourite chocolate bar? Whisper

What do you like to do when you’re not at work? Looking after my nephew (he’s 2) and anything Disney, I’m going to Disney world in October. I love anything shiny and glittery or muddy! Jumping in muddy puddles! I loved the Gruffalo walk at Moores Valley last year, we got really muddy!

Which super hero would you be? Iron man….I think he’s really cool….and rich!

What’s your favourite thing to do at nursery? I love messy play. I made fantastic unicorn playdough a few days ago!....I add glitter to everything!!