Preschool Team

Delyth -Joint Preschool Manager (B.Ed Hons, BTEC Nursery Nurse)

Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer as part of Safeguarding Team, PANCO, First Aider and Food Hygiene.

I have worked at Pavilion since 2013. Prior to that I was a teacher, having accumulated a total of 20 years of experience in early years education. I am dedicated to the principle that a positive, nurturing, caring and team-based approach to education in the very early years shapes a child’s whole education and starts it off in the right direction – I have always loved being right at the very heart of this process.

At home I have two teenagers, a daughter and a son. My son has significant additional social and medical needs this has given me a deep and sometimes painful understanding of some of the issues families have to face. I am proud that within Pavilion we aim to be inclusive and are committed to help each child develop in their own way.

Latterly I have come to realise that in order to achieve truly excellent outcomes, the individually excellent aspects of Pavilion’s work have to be coordinated and organised – and this led me to look towards management. I enjoy the challenge of piecing together our resources to get the best possible outcomes. In particular, I have responsibility for overseeing the different learning areas in our setting and there’s nothing that thrills me more than seeing a child become immersed in something and enjoying learning almost as if they’re discovering it for themselves. As part of the Management team at Pavilion, I am here to listen and help parents and staff alike and to value their input.

Lastly, although I’ve lived in Liverpool for more than 20 years, my heart has always belonged to Wales. So, don’t be surprised if your children pick up a few words and phrases in Welsh to help you on your holidays!

Karen – Joint Preschool Manager (PGCE Early Years)

SENDCO, Safeguarding Officer as part of Safeguarding Team and First Aider

I have worked at Pavilion since April 2013 and was previously a volunteer. I have two boys who both attended Pavilion. As a parent and as an employee I have an insight into how valuable Pavilion is to the local community.

I worked for ten years in an Infant School in
Norris Green, working from EYFS to Y2 and was also the SENDCo there in the year before I had my children. Since then I have been looking after my family and have been involved in a voluntary capacity in preschools, primary schools, special schools and in riding for the disabled. Whilst living in Oxfordshire I was employed as a teaching assistant supporting a child with additional needs before moving back to Liverpool in 2012 and joining Pavilion as a volunteer.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to use the skills that I have acquired over the years and in several settings to help the preschool children to grow, learn and have a lot of fun together.

Anne Marie – Deputy Manager Early Years Practitioner (NNEB)

Lead Designated Safeguarding Officer as part of Safeguarding Team, First Aider

I joined the Pavilion team in September 2018. As the proud mum of a young son and daughter I know how important it is to find a caring, nurturing and fun early learning environment for children.

I qualified as a nursery nurse over 20 years ago, starting my career in a day nursery caring for children from 0-5 years. I have gained lots of knowledge and experience on this journey through roles in childcare. Having had a short break working as a sales assistant and volunteering with Year 1 in my children’s school, I realised my heart lay in working with children in their early years and was able to join the team at the Wavertree playgroup my children had attended.

The playgroup offered not-for-profit early education and care just like Pavilion, and when it sadly closed in 2018, I was lucky and privileged to become part of the Pavilion team. I have enjoyed every minute and already feel at home with such a wonderful team of staff, parents, volunteers and of course, children! I am looking forward to using my knowledge and experience to keep providing a happy and loving environment for the children.

Natalie – Office Manager

I have worked at Pavilion since December 2021 in the role of Office Manager. I previously worked in 2 other Pre Schools settings, both as a practitioner and in an administrative role.

I have four children, 3 of whom are now teenagers. All of them attended a charity Pre School similar to Pavilion. I am a firm believer in everything that Pavilion stands for and am passionate about the benefits of a setting like ours, which has the welfare and progress of the children truly at its heart.

Previous to becoming a mum I worked in a Primary School office. I thoroughly enjoyed doing an administrative role within a school setting and am delighted to be part of the Pavilion team.

Helen – Early Years Practitioner (BA, QTS)

Designated Safeguarding Officer as part of Safeguarding Team, First Aider

I have worked at Pavilion since September 2014. Before this I was a stay at home mum for 13 years to my three children, having previously been a class teacher in London.

I have also taught after school drama classes for primary aged children and for the Special Educational Needs Inclusion Support Service, supporting children with special educational needs in the early years. I was also a children’s pastor at a local church for five years and helped run various toddler groups.

I have always loved being with and teaching children in their early years. I find that watching them develop, grow and learn new things every day enriches my life. Creating spaces and environments where children can explore the awe and wonder in a safe and nurturing environment is really important to me.

Salma – Early Years Practitioner (Level 3 Childcare)

Designated Safeguarding Officer as part of Safeguarding Team and First Aider, Food Hygiene

I first joined the Pavilion team as a parent volunteer in 2010, when my eldest boy was at the preschool. I returned to the team when my youngest son joined in 2012. This introduction to the early years had such a profound and positive effect on me that I decided to do my Level 3 training in childcare at Pavilion. Having moved over from Pakistan in 2004, my career in childcare has been built around the Pavilion team, who have always supported me. As a working parent, I find that I fully appreciate the needs of our individual families.

As a mum to children with specific health and educational needs I fully understand the importance of treating children as individuals. I enjoy working closely with children to encourage and support their development in their early years. My role as a key person at Pavilion means that I build special relationships with the children in my key group and help them to fulfil their potential. As an additional Designated Safeguarding Officer, I support the management team to ensure all children’s needs are met.

Sam

Level 3 early years practitioner, Level 4 early years sendco award and BA honours in Disability studies. First aider.

I am Sam, I joined the Pavilion team January 2021. I have worked with children since leaving school 20 years ago. I started in David Lloyds leisure running after school clubs, holiday clubs and children’s parties, I then moved to a local SEN school where I worked for 13 years supporting children and young adults. While working at school I was also involved with evening and weekend friendship groups and youth clubs for young adults with additional needs. I also studied at this time for my degree part time. Before joining Pavilion I worked at another local preschool, this is where I realised how much I enjoyed working in early years. Everyday working with little ones is a joy, they never fail to bring a smile to my face with all the amazing things they do. I am so lucky being part of a wonderful team of practitioners that share the same passion for supporting young children to learn and develop through play and in a safe loving environment.

I also have three young children, a son and two daughters.

Michelle – Early Years Practitioner (Level 3 Childcare)

My relationship with pavilion has spanned both my personal and professional life, with my three children having attended Pavillion. My eldest is now at sixth form, and the younger two now at seniors, it is safe to say I have seen the transformation of the provision. I have dedicated my professional life to early childhood education, initially at university, before working as a child minder when my own children were little, leading to a wealth of experiences in a number of local ‘outstanding’ settings. During the pandemic I took a break from the sector before returning to form part of the team at Pavillion. My vision for early years aligns with Pavilion, the children are at the heart of all I do

Lesley – Early Years Practioner (NNEB)

I started at Pavilion in September 2018, and what a great time to join Pavilion! I am excited to be a part of the team as we begin a new journey together with the ‘Curiosity Approach’.

Originally from Yorkshire, I qualified in 1983 and worked in a Bradford reception class, supporting children with English as an additional language. In Liverpool, around having my own children, I have worked in nurseries, primary schools, parent and toddler groups, child minding and holiday clubs.

I find Pavilion to be a warm and nurturing, happy place. I have been impressed by the creative areas around preschool that provide open invitations to come and play and explore. I value the uniqueness of each child and the importance of listening and talking with each of them. It builds confidence as we communicate that what they say really matters. You’ll be amazed what you can learn from a great conversation with a three year old!

I am a keen gardener and enjoy sharing my enjoyment of nature and outdoors with children. I enjoying cooking/ baking, arts & crafts, stories, rhymes and song. I enjoy celebrating their achievements from the smallest to the greatest successes and I can say with confidence my colleagues at Pavilion all feel the same!

Gina – Early Years Practitioner (Level 3 Childcare), First Aider

My Pavilion journey started as a parent volunteer, and then formally joined team in 2016. I have a background in administration but have found the transition to working with young children natural and easy, as I am so passionate about getting things right for children in their early years.

I have three children and it was through my son attending that Pavilion became so familiar to me as a regular parent helper. My son loved coming to preschool and as he required additional support, I always found it particularly important that all children are treated as individuals and that their needs must be met on that basis as his were at Pavilion. I could see the staff were absolutely dedicated to the children. The atmosphere here is lovely and the children are very happy – the environment is an extension of home. Pavilion provided everything I would demand as a parent, so I was happy to join the team.

I love the great outdoors as I believe playing outside is beneficial for our children’s health. I love walking, gardening and growing my own veg, so the garden area at preschool is ideal for me to encourage the children to grow their own green fingers. It’s therapeutic and calming, so seeing a child eat something they have grown with their own hands, whilst getting mucky and a wearing a big smile, is one of life’s simplest pleasures for me!

Mona Sabah

Early Years Practitioner (Level 2, working towards Level 3)

I started as a Trainee Early Years Practitioner at Pavilion in September 2018. Thanks to Pavilion for giving me an opportunity to nurture my interests in the early childhood learning environment.CCI have a passion for working with children and firmly believe that my genuine love and care for them will open up their potential and assist their development.

I am undertaking Cache level 2 training in childcare, which I think will help me more to understand issues related to children holistic development in depth. I have previous experience with early childhood learning in my home country Bangladesh.

My role at Pavilion is to engage with children’s activities through play, address their unique needs, understand and work in accordance with EYFS best practice as well as work under the supervision of the pre-school team.

I have two children, one son and one daughter, both at secondary school.

Katie – Early Years Practioner (Level 3)

First Aider

My background is initially in retail, having worked within the industry for 18 years in a family business.

However, when I was younger, I studied Early Childhood studies so childcare was always my passion and something I always wanted to come back to.

I was initially introduced to Pavilion as a parent volunteer, having lived locally for numerous years. The opportunity came up for me to become a full-time member of the team, to which I was delighted! What I love most about Pavilion is that it’s a local non-profit charity at the heart of the community with a very inclusive family feel. I admire the family values that Pavilion radiates, and this has become more apparent since becoming a member of staff, I’m thrilled to be part of it!

You may often see me out and about as I have a son and two daughters