Birmingham Federation of Maintained Nursery Schools – Lillian De Lissa Nursery School from Sept 2004 & Newtown Nursery School 2019 I provide a wide range of creative opportunities, ideas, materials, methods and techniques for children aged 2, 3 & 4. This includes teacher training, documenting developments, interests and learning journeys.

I am on the Federation governing body and local cluster board to promote a thorough understanding of creative teaching and learning by everyone involved in making important financial and policy decisions. I have the extra responsibility of ensuring highest quality S.E.N intervention is provided in all 12 of the Federation Nursery Schools.

Joshibi University, Tokyo -Summer School at B.C.U August 2006- ongoing – Mixed media, fine art, sculpture and textile workshops including tutorials. Degree & M.A students from Tokyo studying a range of Japanese creative disciplines. This is a summer school for degree and post graduate students to come and explore the many elements of a British Art and Design course.  I provide creative challenges and design briefs in drawing, painting, 3D & sculpture, textiles, fashion and photography.

Abingdon and Witney College, Oxfordshire – Early Childhood Degree May 2019 & March 2020                     A full day workshop focussing on the importance of creative teaching and learning in early years. Looking at how to support learning using open ended materials such as organic materials, wire and clay, learning extensions and making constructive observations.

BMET – Sutton Coldfield & Mathew Boulton College Sept 2018 – Ongoing
Fashion and Textiles – Level 3 Diploma Art & Design. Traditional and contemporary techniques and skills. Photography – Creative techniques and embellishment.

Qualifications & Training – just a few of the outstanding opportunities I have taken part in.

  • Pre-schools of Sweden Study Tour, Stockholm Oct 2008
  • Forest Schools Study Tour, Denmark Sept 2006
  • Reggio Emilia Study Tour, May 2005
  • South Birmingham College Aug 2002. Youth Work: Arts & Young People, Advanced/Community Partnership Award 2002/03
  • Royal College Of Art, London 1998-2000, M.A Mixed Media Textiles
  • University Of Central England 1992-1995, Fashion &Textiles B.A (Hons) Embroidery

Employment History

P.A.C.T – Prince Albert Community Trust, 2011- 2018 Prince Albert, Highfield and Heathfield Primary Schools, Birmingham – Creative Facilitation Nursery to Yr6 Working alongside the teaching team to extend the children’s learning experience using creative means, thought and process. Development of the environment to initiate and support independent learning. Jan 2017- Early Years Unit Development – Consultation on environment development and overseeing full integration of child centered practice with a focus on creative learning.

Netherton Park Children’s Centre, Dudley – Artist in Residence Sept 2011-2012
Working creatively with babies, children and their carers to extend learning possibilities and develop new skills.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council – Creative facilitation and practitioner training Sept 2005-2010
For five years I worked with babies, children up to 4 years old, parents, carer’s and educators in Sandwell  to investigate the value of creativity in early year’s settings. This interaction included giving training to Nursery and Children’s Centre practitioners, facilitating regular creative workshops for parents and children in Early Steps sessions, and consultation with a range of settings regarding their inside and outside environments. Delivering a series of sharing sessions at the Training and Development Centre in Sandwell about the importance of creative experiences and environments. This included  ‘Providing creative opportunities to educate, excite and engage children from all over the globe’ and ‘ How to enable children using creative learning environments’.

‘IDEAL’ Intercultural Drawing for European Adult Learning – Drawing facilitator
During 2010 I took part in discussions and workshops in London and Budapest around the subject of how drawing can benefit adult learners. This was an action research project and worked in partnership with 6 European creative arts institutions.

June 2006 – Allenscroft Primary School, Kings Heath. Creative Partnerships ‘Feed Me’ Vegetable dying & collage of table cloths for celebration feast, Yr1

Feb 2006 – Orchard Special School, Sandwell. Workshops to enable response’s to a range of different materials, so to develop site specific art pieces for the new school building.

Dec 04 – Feb 2005 – Ikon & St. Edmund School – Birmingham. Delivery of ‘Writing in Space’ a project based on work by African artist George Adeagbo. In collaboration with poet, Roz Goddard.

Nov 2004 – Flying Start – Birmingham City Council. Delivery of professional development and business set up seminar

August 2004 – Gallery 37 – Birmingham City Centre. Lead artist – Craft & Textiles ‘Morph-Haus’. Partners with Stourbridge College & SAMPAD