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Wendy is a Froebel trained teacher with eighteen years’ varied early years teaching experience in the voluntary as well as the maintained sector. Following headship of a demonstration nursery school, which specialised in work with children who had language delay and difficulties, she became a senior lecturer in early childhood education, co-ordinating an advanced diploma in multi-professional studies at Roehampton University.
After six years as early years and primary inspector in ILEA and Kensington and Chelsea, she combined consultancy, including leading OFSTED inspections across England, with the role of voluntary chair of The British Association for Early Childhood Education. Following appointment as their first Chief Executive, Wendy became the elected chair of the national Early Childhood Forum. This led to two years as a specialist adviser to the DfES, where she worked with early years development and childcare partnerships as Sure Start was being introduced, and then with the early excellence programme. Her work abroad with the British Council and UNICEF, and with local authorities nationwide has given Wendy a broad insight into differing approaches to early years care and education.
As President of TACTYC, an organisation concerned with promoting high quality early education through improving initial training and continuing professional development, Wendy is delighted to have served on the advisory panel for the Nutbrown Review of Early Years Qualifications. Work with young children and their families is Wendy’s prime interest and concern, as these important years have great significance for wider society in the longer term as well as for individuals here and now.