Over many years here at Reflections Nursery and Forest School in Worthing, our management team and practitioners have been working together to embed an inspiring approach to supporting young children’s learning and development.

 

Martin Pace - Director

Martin is Director of Reflections and has worked in childcare and education since 1994. He has attended ten study tours in Reggio Emilia since 2003 and is (slowly) studying for an MA in Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University. He is an occasional contributor to trade journals and a regular conference speaker on subjects such as: Children’s Creativity; Drawing inspiration from Reggio Emilia; Forest School; and Project-based Learning. Martin is author of 'I Love Forest School', published by Bloomsbury in 2014 which describes the influences of Forest School on Reflections’ pedagogy. Martin has three children, two of whom attended Reflections.

Louise Rose - Director

Louise is a Director at Reflections and has worked in childcare & education since gaining her NNEB in 1997. Louise studied in Reggio Emilia in November 2008. Prior to joining Reflections, Louise has managed a number of nurseries and was Director of Childcare with a London-based company operating over 20 nurseries, where her role was to oversee 7 settings. Louise is mother to Leila & Charlie who both attended Reflections.

Yvonne Barr - Nursery Manager

Yvonne has worked at Reflections Nursery since 2008, joining the setting with her son Arden who was then 16 months old. Yvonne studied for her degree whilst working full-time and obtained her BA in Early Childhood Studies and her Early Years Teaching Qualification in 2011. She visited Reggio Emilia on a study tour in 2009 and again in 2015 enhancing her knowledge and pedagogical understanding. Yvonne says, ‘It is always a privilege to work at Reflections supporting the children to grow and develop and to be a part of their families’ lives’.

Becca Bakter - Deputy Manager

Becca has worked with Reflections Nursery since 2006 starting as newly qualified level 3 practitioner. She completed a BA in Professional Studies: Learning & Development in 2014. In 2012 she attended study tour in Reggio Emilia learning in depth about their philosophy and bringing new ideas and learning opportunities back to share with fellow educators in the nursery. In 2013 she became mummy to her daughter Isla-Rose. She says, ‘Having Isla-Rose really allowed me to empathise with the parents I work so closely with during a transitional period like starting nursery, especially after Isla-Rose started nursery herself.’

Sarah Wood - Training Manager

Sarah joined Reflections Nursery in 2008 as Deputy Manager having worked in early years for 11 years in a variety of roles. Shortly after joining Reflections Sarah attended a week long study tour in Reggio Emilia to deepen her understanding of the philosophy to inspire and influence the team. Sarah has completed a Playwork qualification, a Train the Trainer award and a BA in Early Years with EYTS. She is the SENCO and Trainer/Assessor and she has a real passion for supporting both children and staff to achieve their goals. Sarah says, ‘In 2012 I had a my little boy Caiden, I feel I can now truly empathise with families and feel in a better position to support them during difficult times and share honest experiences.’

Deb Wilenski - Pedagogical Lead

Deb has worked as Pedagogical Lead with Reflections since May 2014, and has previous experience with Sightlines Initiative in the North East of England, and ongoing work with Cambridge Curiosity & Imagination in Cambridgeshire. She supports children and educators at Reflections to develop lines of enquiry and projects across the nursery, from babies to preschool children, in the nursery setting and in the forest. Deb also documents much of the work and has co-authored and edited Reflections’ many of Reflections’ publications including, The Fire Monster and The Revolutionary Baby, and Reflections’ film about pedagogy in the forest, Movement and Stillness.

Susan Todd - Bursar

Susan has been with Reflections since its inception in 2006. She has an Open University Honours Degree in Business Studies & Economics which she undertook whilst working and bringing up her family. As Bursar Susan is responsible for the financial administration within the nursery and Small School which she undertakes alongside other administration and organisational tasks. Susan administers the Professional Development Days held at the nursery twice a year. She says ‘I like to be able to assist with queries promptly and professionally working alongside the Reflections team.’