Meet the Team CALA
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Hi, my name is Debbie, I have worked in childcare for over twenty years in a variety of roles, the last 13 of which have been with Care and Learning Alliance, with whom I started as a Childhood Practice Manager, working up to my current role as Services Manager.
I hold numerous childcare qualifications culminating in my PDA Level 9 Childhood Practice.
I am responsible for the management of our Office team, CALA Staffbank and Service Coordinators, tasked with ensuring the smooth and professional running of all services.
Out of work, I enjoy spending time with my family and numerous animals.
I worked in childcare settings through placements and jobs for the past 7 years, starting as a student, becoming an Early Years Practitioner, then a Senior Practitioner. I joined CALA in March 2022 as a Childhood Practice Manager and I really enjoy working with such an amazing team and am learning every day.
I completed an NPA, NC and HNC course in childcare and I am currently studying BA Childhood Practice. In my free time I enjoy going camping, outdoor swimming, rock climbing, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
After spending many years working within safety and works control, an opportunity arose to change career path after having my 3 children. Since then I have spent 9 years in childcare running my own childminding business and acting as a relief practitioner in Highland Early Learning Centres.
After completing my SVQ 3 and beginning my degree in Childhood Practice I now manage 3 Early Learning Childcare Centres, Reay, Watten and Norlin and also provide support to the CALA Childminder Members. I am enjoying the challenges this position provides whilst caring for my 3 children.
I have been fortunate to have worked with children most of my adult life, after having lived above a Nursery School as a child. I worked in a few settings in London and Oxford before joining a childcare group in Kent eventually becoming its owner. After adopting two girls we needed a lifestyle change and decided on relocating to the Highlands and joining the Care and Learning Alliance.
I have always known I have had a passion for working with children. After I had gained my HNC I took some time to focus on my practice and had the opportunity to work my way up to deputy manager of a private nursery. I began studying for my BA Childhood Practice in the summer of 2020.
I joined CALA in November 2021 and I have really enjoyed working within such a supportive and inspiring team. It is amazing to be able to play a role in the early years of children’s lives and to watch them grow and flourish.
In my own time I love to see my family and friends. I also enjoy going out with my partner and our two dogs to explore the Highlands together.
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40 Longman Drive
Inverness IV1 1SU
Tel: 01463 222 569
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