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Rebecca Skinner -

I am a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and have been practising since I graduated with a BSc Hons in Clinical Language Sciences from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2001.

I have worked in various NHS trusts, working with a mixed paediatric caseload, ranging from community clinic settings to special schools and in the last 12 years specialising in cleft palate and early years.

I completed a PGCert in Cleft Palate studies at the University of Sheffield in 2013.

Becky and I first worked together in a number of Children's Centres and experienced first hand the benefits of close multi-agency working to both Professionals and children and their families.

I am passionate about improving outcomes for children and was so excited when Becky proposed we set up a business together.

 

Our aim is to provide support, training and information to anyone working or spending time with children. 

 

We believe firmly that quality interactions will contribute to happy, healthy child development and every child deserves this.

I love visiting settings to talk about quality interactions and have also thoroughly enjoyed lecturing at the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire College to the students who are the future early years workforce.

Becky Poulter Jewson -

I am an Early Years Lead with over 25 years’ experience working with young children, families, multi-agency teams and Early Years Practitioners.

My experience ranges from owning my own Nursery and Preschool setting, to beginning a childcare career as a sole charge baby nanny.  I have also led preschool teams in Nurseries across Gloucestershire.  One of my favourite roles was to pilot and develop the two year old provision, researching environments that give all children a choice in their life and learning.

I was and still am, very interested in two year old behaviours, I feel that ‘two year tantrums’ is a vastly overused term and with a few key elements in place, the two year old explorer can love and live in harmony with their family and carers (please do email if you would like more information).

Whilst running early years teams across Cheltenham Children’s Centres, one of my key roles was to develop contacts and share information with all Early Years Providers. Through this I promoted deeper understanding of how children and teams can be empowered.

In my current role as co-founder of Thriving Language, Early Years Specialist and leading a local ‘free-flow’ Pre-school, I continue to organise these informative, network meetings with Early Year Providers this is a role that I embrace and that is constantly evolving.

My inspiration

My work with children is rewarding and amazing – not many people get to run around forest school looking for the ‘Slobosauras’, or creating mud pies (and obviously adding glitter, paint and glue) in our outdoor kitchen!

 

Adults

Empowering adults working with and caring for children to understand the future of community, society and the future world is in their hands. To develop confidence in the amazing role they have and value themselves.

 

Children

To make a difference to life-long emotional intelligence, for and with children, to secure better emotional stability, resilience and understanding of when to ask for help and build confidence so that children can live a better life in the future.

 

Education

I decided to return to education and studied part time over seven years to gain my BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies.  My studies and in depth experience of multi-agency working, led me to specialise in the need for every child  to have the ability to gain quality interactions in engaging, stimulating and language rich environments.

Last little bit …

I particularly enjoy visiting settings and individuals to help enable choice, free flow and deep engagement in play for all ages.

Working closely together with Rebecca has enabled a deeper level of understanding of how children develop and how our quality interactions can really enhance their lives for the better. We deliver training to students from Cache Level to Masters Level and have excellent and inspirational links with Universities and Colleges across Gloucestershire and Worcestershire.   

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