It all started when…

It became apparent how important training was within Early Years. The need became more noticeable when funding stopped for free training and we had to source our own to expand our staff’s knowledge.

My Background

Since 1987 I have been working with children or with people who work with children. I have a wide range of experience from a Research Nursery Nurse at the local hospital through to being a Group manager for a number of nurseries in the Hampshire area.

I gained my Early Years Professional Status in 2008 at Winchester University and have since qualified as an Assessor and Internal Verifier for Early Years. I am a qualified teacher in Early Years and lecturer for the Foundation Degree. I am trained as a Safeguarding instructor and have been a Freelance Inspector in Early Years. I feel the range of experience I have enables me to give advice and consultation to people who work in Early Years.

Children are an important part of our lives and society. We need to show we are making an IMPACT and this is where we can help you. Staff and your team are an important part of their lives.

My passion is to support nurseries and childminders to be the best they possibly can and enable them to face the inevitable and diverse challenges that looking after children can raise. Experience allows me to appreciate and understand the current Early Years Guidelines and provide extensive knowledge on how to achieve an inspiring and stimulating environment for the children in your care. I pride myself on being approachable and therefore am able to give honest advice on how to create a sustainable, fun, and high-quality learning environment to achieve the best outcomes for children.

In 2018 I became the #1 best selling author of ‘Are you ready for your inspection?’ and trainer of “Are you ready for your inspection” online programme for the whole staff team.

I am also the founder of the accredited #JustQuality Award which promotes a whole team approach for showing your settings journey.

Vanessa

Meet the Jigsaw Team

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Kate Bennett

#Just Quality Assessor

Kate is our assessor here at JIGSAW.

She is the Queen of our #Just Quality award accreditation. Kate is very supportive and she is great at keeping everyone motivated – we are truly honoured to have her as part of our JIGSAW tribe.

On top of this Kate also helps to plan and create our lovely Impact subscription box and ensuring that everyone receives their post!

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Lucy Brewer

Online Business Manager

Lucy is the one thats keeps our social media and marketing up to date.

When you enquire to JIGSAW about any of our products Lucy is the one who can answer this.

Lucy has a wealth of knowledge on adding quality in early years with her background in day nurseries

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Anthony Lansdowne

IT Support

Anthony comes from a preschool background as well as having a skill on keeping us all calm in the Jigsaw hub when it comes to tech.

He also edits and manages our “Are You Ready” podcast, and makes sure I remember to record them!