My name is Tara, I am an enthusiastic, patient and passionate person! I must also restate that it is my aim in life to make a difference within an early years/primary setting, and to develop positive relationships with children and parents to enhance their needs and development. I desire to be given the opportunity to develop personally in a role which will challenge me, yet bring me daily satisfaction. My hobbies include, keeping fit, music and travelling and learning about different cultures! I must importantly add that I am DBS checked.
As a current qualified Therapeutic Play Practitioner, and soon to qualify Play Therapist under PTUK, I have gained so many wonderful experiences through my years of working with families and children.
I have 150 hours of clinical experience all of which is supervised by my clinical supervisor.
I also hold a BA from The University of Northampton, with a in Early Childhood Studies, of which helped me develop a passion for working within child mental health and wellbeing. I have worked within nursery settings, and primary schools with family support teams, moreover, have gained experience working with infant children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in a special school within Northamptonshire. I have also worked very closely with EAL (English as an Additional Language) children and parents, which was a brilliant opportunity to use some of my language skills, and to overcome language barriers. With these new experiences gained, it challenged me to experience new opportunities in areas of the Early Years that I would otherwise not have considered. I have learnt the significance of promoting early interventions, and the importance of effective communication towards all children, families and co workers.
I am currently working in a mainstream school setting, alongside a LAC pupil statemented with physical & medical assistance (PEG feeds and colostomy bag support). Although it states on his statement in support of his physical needs, I see much more to it than just 'physical needs'. I support him with his wellbeing through using therapeutic play approaches (I am training to become a play therapist in school) as well as using ELSA group sessions to address the issues he may be struggling with or may relate to. I encourage him to play outdoors and work alongside multi professional agencies (importantly as well as his foster carers) to give him the best opportunities to develop and thrive alongside his peers. I have a good understanding of safeguarding issues and have dealt with several disclosures in my job. I have a good understanding of inclusiveness and diversity, as well as up to date training on Domestic Abuse Awareness in the community. I believe every child has an opportunity and have the right to succeed holistically. My example being with the child I work with, is that without the right interventions and care in place, this child would not be able to thrive in his education and most importantly his wellbeing.
I feel that through my Early Childhood Studies degree and placement opportunities, they have helped me understand the importance of child wellbeing and the need to support child mental health to thrive. I currently have first-hand experience working in a school and can see the deprivation and need for parents and children, as well as staff to understand the importance of child mental health and the implications it has on brain development, education, and future health/social implications. I feel that working in a deprived area in Cardiff has made me passionate and driven to support make a change to our children and families. Family engagement is so important as part of this process (in play therapy practice and everyday practice in a school). I work with parents and carers daily as well as multi professional agencies which have given me great confidence and understanding to the importance of communication. I am a team worker and have always worked alongside professionals such as social workers, teachers, District nurses, speech, and language therapists so I understand how valuable teamwork is.
I would love a chance to thrive and further develop my skills and knowledge in a field I am passionate about. I feel I could bring my play therapeutic approaches into practice as well as my passion for creative approaches to learning which I feel all ties into the portage model. Children learn best through play and from being a part of their learning which I feel is crucial for holistic development. I am used to adapting activities at a child's level and greatly believe in all-inclusiveness and inclusion.
Outside my professional life I like to look after my own wellbeing through powerlifting. I compete for Wales and train daily to keep me fit and healthy inside and out. I also sing and have a passion to learn about the world.
I am very patient when working with children and families, and consider and adapt their needs when necessary. I enjoy meeting new people and being a part of a team. As seen in my CV attached, I adapt very quickly into new teams from previous experiences from working with family support teams, a nursery setting and primary schools.
BA in Early Childhood Studies. CACHE Diploma in Childhood and Education. NVQ Level 3 in Childcare and Education, Paediatric First Aid,
|Last Updated: 10/08/2021|
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