Early Years Manager of Magpies Pre-School
Donna has been at Magpies Pre-school since September 2007. Studying her NVQ level 3 while working as a Practitioner within the setting.
While working as a Practitioner Donna found that she had a passion for SEND and very quickly took on the role as SENCO. Donna felt this could be as a result of her own experiences as a Mum, she has 4 children aged between 16-21 years with a range of abilities and some complex needs, in recent years she has become a grandmother to 2 children. Donna has been fortunate enough within the company to have accessed a hugh amount of SEND training including Portage training, THOMAS training and training through Autism Hampshire. Donna started her foundation degree level 5 in 2010 to improve her personal development and graduated in 2013. She has recently started a course in leadership and management level 3.
In February 2015 Donna took on the position of temporary manager in Magpies due to Julies ill health, on Julies return it was decided that they would job share this was a positive move for Magpies and for both Julie and Donna, this enabled Donna to continue her SENCO role which she enjoys very much. In May 2019 Julie made the decision to retire, Donna took on the managers role permanently line managing 8 members of the team.
Future aspirations are to continue managing Magpies Pre-school, she has always been committed to working and supporting the children and their families with a hope that she has made a positive contribution to the families that she works with. She would also like to develop her skills facilitating courses that would be designed to supporting parents and the children.