Jo Smith, MA Special & Inclusive Education
Early Years Trainer
Jo has been a teacher for the last 14 years, starting her career in Primary Schools and moving on to lecturing in Education and Inclusion at the University of Worcester. She started her own childcare business in January 2014 and owns a Nursery in Worcestershire. On taking the Nursery over, Jo took a previously inadequate setting and brought it to ‘Good’ within eight months. She has worked on curriculum development within schools and has supported TA and SENCo professional development training. She is a mother of two teenagers and a little one currently attending pre-school.
Jo’s interests lie in the learning environment and the adult’s role in facilitating learning. She is a firm believer in team collaboration and building up staff skillset. Using these skillsets in turn to improve their confidence: ‘happy staff = happy children’. She has worked with her own team on ‘ditching the plastic’ using more natural resources and ‘planning in the moment’. Jo sees a need for balance of both useful resources and confident adults, in successfully delivering the EYFS.
As an experienced SENCo, she has relevant knowledge and skills relating to Inclusive practice and Early Childhood Development, including identifying and assessing areas of need and provision mapping. Jo is a reflective practitioner who knows when something doesn’t work just as much as when it is effective!
Jo delivers training in the following areas: The role of the adult in facilitating learning, Early Childhood development & the EYFS, and Planning in the Moment. As an experienced university lecturer, Jo can also tailor courses to suit a setting’s needs and can use examples from her own Nursery provision as evidence of good practice.