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Sarah Moon-Gatford

'Little Miss All-rounder' 

"Our work 'mum' who is full of ideas, is helpful, dedicated, imaginative, upbeat and a jack of all trades!" [Team Incy Wincy's, Sept 2017]

Joined June 2014

Professional Qualifications:

  • Early Years Teacher Status, Outstanding Level (July 2015)
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons) Open (December 2010)
  • Certificate in Early Years Practice (December 2005)
  • Diploma in Pre-school Practice, Level 3 (August 2003)

Training:

  • Paediatric First Aid (June 2019)
  • Forest School First Aid (June 2019)
  • Safer Recruitment (June 2019)
  • Advanced Safeguarding Training for the Designated Safeguarding Lead (March 2019)
  • Home Office Recognising & Preventing FGM (June 2017)
  • Anaphylaxis Awareness (March 2017)
  • Home Office WRAP Training (October 2015)
  • LSCB Child Protection - A Refresher, Level 2 (February 2014)
  • Working Together to Understand the Child Protection Conference Process (November 2010)
  • Food Allergy Awareness for Childcare (March 2015)
  • Food Safety in Catering, Level 2 (July 2014)

Continuing Professional Development:

  • ITC Level 3 Certificate in Forest School Programme Leadership (began studying October 2018)
  • Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the Risk of SIDS (June 2017)
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour (September 2014, updated February 2017)
  • Wingate Conference - Celebrating Childhood (May 2016)
  • Making Maths Counts in the Early Years (March 2016)
  • Mini Bus Driver's Review (February 2016)
  • Reflections Approach Training Day - Telling Stories (October 2015)
  • Sing & Sign (June 2015)
  • Leading Good Autism Practice (June 2015)
  • Wingate National Conference - Creativity Culture (June 2015)
  • Fostering Creativity and Imagination Conference (March 2015)
  • Nutrition & Healthy Eating (January 2015)
  • Forest Schools Introduction (November 2014)
  • Makaton Foundation Workshop (October 2014)

Currently Studying: 

Key Areas: Forest School & Outdoor Learning, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, Movement Play

Hobbies/Interests:  I love being outdoors whatever the weather gardening or walking, then have the joy of going onside to cook or curl up and read a book.

Tell us a little about your background...

I joined the Incy Wincy team in 2014, having worked in a variety of childcare roles in North Yorkshire over the past 19 years. I began as Play Leader at Thornton Watlass Playgroup and later managed a nursery in Harrogate. I am a Early Years Teacher, have a BSc (Hons) Open and have a particular interest in children’s Movement Play developing project with Jabadao, which I hope to continue in the future.