Our EYFS Team
Within our EYFS department, each member of the team is fully devoted to instilling a love of learning and school life from the moment they meet their new classes, they have a fantastic understanding of the EYFS curriculum and the many needs of EYFS children. Their passion and commitment shines through daily and I am incredibly proud of the passionate, caring and skilled team that we have.
Miss Bishop (Reception teacher, EYFS leader)
I am now in my ninth year of teaching, after graduating from Sheffield Hallam in 2012 with a BA Hons in Early Years Education. I have worked in childcare settings since the age of 17 and previous to teaching at Ash Green, I have taught both Y1 and EYFS in two Stoke on Trent schools. Teaching Early Years is my passion, and I am so lucky to be able to say that I absolutely love everything about my job. During my teaching career, I have been fortunate enough to develop my skills as a leader, alongside supporting others with developing subject knowledge and their own teaching abilities. I work hard to be the best teacher that I can and will always look to develop my own skills in order to provide the best knowledge, education and care for the children that I work with. I am a firm believer that the EYFS is such an important stage in any child’s educational journey and is fundamental to developing a positive attitude to school life. I believe that if we can support children by instilling a love of learning from a young age, children can reach their potential and achieve anything that they like! Teaching is an immensely rewarding career and I could not be more proud to be a part of the Ash Green Primary Academy family. My time at Ash Green has already been incredibly supportive and has developed my teaching and leadership skills immensely, I look forward to embracing my next challenge as Assistant Head Teacher and supporting all within EYFS & KS1 with achieving the best, together.
Miss Shacklady (Reception teacher, P.E leader)
Born in Southport, I moved to Stoke-on-Trent to do a Law degree at Keele University. I then enjoyed working with families in a child protection role for three years, before re-training for my PGCE at Nottingham University in 2015. Here, I specialised in EYFS and KS1. I then undertook my first year of teaching in Year One in a school in Nottinghamshire. I joined Ash Green in 2017 where the children are exceptional, and every day is an adventure. I am particularly enthusiastic about immersive, active learning using multi-sensory approaches and the outdoors wherever possible. I think that a day without fun and laughter is a day wasted! I lead PE in school alongside Mr Wignall and Miss Gurney.
I am so very thrilled to be joining the Early Years team for September! I will work hard to facilitate a happy and smooth transition from Nursery or home to Reception. I am passionate about supporting children to have a positive self-image and to be independent, confident, happy, curious, caring and to feel valued and proud of their achievements. I promise to foster a warm and welcoming environment for children and their families.
Miss Pearce (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hi, I’m Miss Pearce and this will be my 3rd year at Ash Green, I am currently the Rabbit key worker in Nursery. I’ve worked in Nursery settings for the past 15 years and I am a Level 5 Early Years Practitioner. My passion has always been EYFS and making sure that our ‘little people’ get the best possible start to their school life, while planting those seeds for a love of learning! Another passion of mine is working with SEN children and parents to ensure that they also have what they need to achieve the best of their abilities while accessing the same level of education as everybody else. I have recently gained an EYFS SENCO (special education needs coordinator) qualification and hope to put this to good use with Ash Green! I am always learning and trying to further my knowledge in order to provide better opportunities for all that I work with. If you ask some of my current children (and colleagues…) they may say I’m a little crazy- but all of the best people are!
Mrs Boulton-Lear (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hello my name is Mrs Boulton-Lear, I am a qualified Early Years Practitioner and have completed my BTEC Diploma in Childhood Studies, I am also trained in Paediatric First Aid. I have worked in childcare for a delightful 11 years both in private day care settings and in school nurseries, working with a variety of children aged 2-5 years. During this time I have also worked with children on a one to one basis planning activities specifically to support their needs. I have two children of my own and I enjoy reading, walking and running. I have been part of the Ash Green family for almost 4 years. I really enjoy working alongside the amazing EYFS team to create safe, stimulating and fun environments for the children and building relationships with both children and parents. I feel one of my strengths is my caring nature, I love supporting both children and parents to settle into their new environment and helping them to achieve their best. I feel really privileged to be part of such a fantastic team.
Ms Evans (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hello my name is Victoria Evans and I am a qualified Early Years Practitioner. I have worked with Education for 24 years and at Ash Green for 4 years. I previous years, I have worked with pre school children (aged 2-3 years) and also Nursery to year 4. I have completed level 1 and 2 in Makaton as well as cued articulation, which I use to help support children with difficulty in speech by teaching them different ways to communicate. I have a certificate for paediatric first aid and also trained in the past to become a 1:1 carer for a child with type 1 diabetes. I have a passion for outdoor learning, teaching dance and I love to encourage fun, creative ways to learn. I believe that every child matters and all children are unique.
Miss Plant (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hi everyone, my name is Miss Plant. I have been a part of ash green for 15 years now. I started by volunteering in the nursery whilst doing my NVQ level 2 in childcare and the following year I completed my NVQ level 3 in childcare. I am currently an EYP in Reception and I have been in there for 11 years this year. My passion is in Early Years and helping our children to become readers and writers. Every child matters and every child has their very own amazing personalities. I am also fully qualified in paediatric first aid. Every member of staff at Ash Green has the children’s best interests at heart and I couldn’t be more proud of being a part of the ‘ash green family’. I can’t wait for many more happy years!
Mrs Chell (Early Years Professional- EYP)
Hello my name is Mrs Chell, I have been part of Ash Green Primary School for almost twenty years. After having my two children, who also attended the school, I was inspired by the morale and fantastic teaching provided for the children and decided to join the Ash Green family. I first volunteered in the Nursery whilst obtaining my NVQ Level 2 and 3 in Childcare and Education. Having had experience in Year 1 and Year 2 and after spending a number of years in Reception, this has enabled me to bring my knowledge into the Nursery setting by being aware of the next steps. As my background is in art and design I use my skills to help every child to be creative and to explore their individuality and most of all have fun, whilst learning new skills in all areas of their development. I truly believe in our school statement: “Achieving the best together”.