Emma has been a registered childminder since September 2010. Immediately before that she worked at Sheffield Hallam University and before the Harris family moved up to Yorkshire in 2009, Emma was a PA to a Managing Director for Milsom Hotels. Although Emma came to childcare later on in her career she has been committed to providing the best care and education for children from day one and qualified as an Early Years Teacher in August 2014.
"When I tell people that I am an Early Years Teacher they nearly always ask me so you want to teach in school then? No I don't actually, I want to bring the highest standards to Little Caterpillars"
Emma has always been a working mum, taking just a couple of months maternity leave with both her children who are now 13 and 10 years old.
"Having been a working mum I have had to arrange childcare for my own children for the past 12 years. This has ranged from using grandparents, private nurseries, maintained nurseries, childminders as well as Trevor and I having to change our work patterns and our jobs to work around our family. I have experienced many of the feelings that working or non-working parents will feel when they leave their child with someone else and I try to be sensitive to this as well as provide the highest standards of education and care that I can"
Trevor has been married to Emma since 1996 and is orginally from Skellow where he grew up, attending Owston Park Primary School (formerly Skellow School) and Adwick High School (now Outwood Academy). Trevor has been registered as a childminding assistant from September 2010. In September 2013 he joined us full time in the setting.
Trevor's career prior to joining the Little Caterpillars team has varied from being a shift manager in varying manufacturing companies, to night manager in hotels to most recently shift leader on a local farm.
Trevor works directly with the children all the time but occasionally he is let off to improve the provision as he is pretty handy at making things and is responsible for most of the wooden resources that we have in our garden. Trevor has completed Forest School Practitioner Training and is awaiting his assessment to become our Level 3 Forest School Practitioner.
Olivia is our Early Years Apprentice. Olivia joined us in September 2015 and is currently working towards her Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. Like Emma and Trevor, Olivia has completed a 12 hour Paediatric First Aid course.
We are all 'key person' to a number of children. Read more about the Key Person Approach at Little Caterpillars by clicking here
As a parent, you are key to the team who are working to help your child learn and develop. You are the most important person in their life. When they are not at Little Caterpillars then you feed, clothe and bathe them. You get them up in the morning and put them to bed at night. Their learning and development is influenced by your life at home and the experiences that you have together and you care unconditionally about their wellbeing. Although you may not have done any qualifications to prepare you for the responsibility of being a parent you do intuitively know things about your children and see what they do and say when you are together. You will, no doubt, not know absolutely everything about their learning and development, but if you are willing to share what you do see with the Little Caterpillars team then we will be sure to work with you for the benefit of your child. We will support you if you are concerned about anything and would like to hear from you if you are particularly impressed with something. We are a team and we work together because we all care about the wellbeing of your child.
"A parent's occupation, income or education is not what is important, it is what they do with their child that really makes a difference"