I am Dawn Rigby BA (Hons), Mont.Dip, EYTS, PGCE, MA and for over the last 2 decades, I have been immersed in all facets of the Early years sector.
Like all of us working in this area, I am passionate about young children’s growth and development. I originally trained as a Montessori teacher, and have Early Years Teacher Status, a level 3 in speech and Language development, a Postgraduate Certificate in Education and a Masters Degree from the University of Roehampton.
A key principle of my practice, is that all those working with children need a good level of understanding of knowledge and theory and an outstanding practitioner needs to be able to demonstrate this knowledge by putting it into practice. My concern is that we have taken for granted that practitioners have this basic knowledge. I believe that young children need a special environment in which to grow and deserve practitioners who are inspiring, dynamic, reflective and passionate about their learning. In a positive environment children thrive and grow, adopting positive attitudes to learning and the primary way to support this is through inspiring and motivating those who teach them. I enjoy the process of learning and am excited by the prospect of sharing my knowledge and experience with colleagues and to learn from their perspectives.
Working and collaborating with others has always inspired me, as I like to be part of a team.