Early Years Educator Lead

Early in 2015, Teaching Schools were invited to bid for national funding to work with the Early Years sector in developing a sector-led improvement model.  Four Lincolnshire Teaching Schools (EOS, Elite, Equate and Kyra Teaching School Alliances) were successful in their bids and secured funding to carry out several pieces of work.  A highly experienced and qualified Project Lead, Jane Ledger, was employed to head up the project, and a group of Early Years experts were secured to provide support and advice.

Teaching Schools have been involved in the National College of Teaching and Leadership’s Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) programme for several years which was devised to be part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.  SLEs, while continuing to work in their own schools, provide school-to-school support, drawing on their knowledge, skills and experience to support leaders to bring about improvements in their schools.

Through this work, we have seen the benefits not only to the supported schools but also to those that employ the SLEs, who are given the opportunity to experience the practice of others, and to reflect on and improve practice in their own workplace.  We have also found that these individuals welcome the opportunity and challenge that the role provides while they continue doing the job they love.

Drawing on the experience gained from involvement in the SLE programme with schools, we are now seeking to designate a cohort of Early Years Educator Leads from settings across the county.


Newsflash – November 2015 we are delighted to have designated three EYE Leads:

Maxine Holland – Boston

Tracy Walker – Lincoln

” My name is Tracy Walker and I am the Manager of The Priory Nursery in Lincoln. I have worked within Early Years for the past 15 years in many different type of settings from a pack away Pre-School, to Children Centres and Day Nurseries. I have also worked as a tutor and have been an Ofsted Inspector.  I have completed my BA Honours in Early Childhood Studies as well as having a Level 7 leadership qualification. My specialisms are working effectively with 2 year olds, parents as partners, leadership and supporting staff’s continual professional development, assessment, inclusion and transition.  My passion is being able to make a difference and seeing children grow and develop so they reach their full potential. I believe that it is important to have a shared vision for what we want to achieve and to work together to ensure the children get the very best from us each and every day”

Sharon Oldfield – South Holland

“I started my working life in a well-known bank many years ago and then, after having 2 children of my own, I changed my career completely and began working in a special school as a one to one support assistant.  That was almost 13 years ago and I am still in the same school, which specialises in supporting children with autism and/or moderate learning difficulties. I soon discovered how rewarding it was to work with children with additional needs and was keen to learn more.  I went on to complete an Open University degree in Psychology and then gained a place on a teacher training programme. After a year away from my special school, I returned as a Newly Qualified Teacher in a Year 1 class and for the last 5 years have worked as an Early Years teacher.  I specialise in supporting children aged 3-5 with autism, global developmental delay and communication difficulties.  I am passionate about supporting each and every child I work with and respecting their individuality to ensure they get the very best start in their school life.  Alongside this I am committed to supporting parents by sharing challenges as well as celebrations.”


Could you be an Early Years Educator Lead ?

Opportunity now available for excellent practitioners who are passionate about ensuring the best possible outcomes for all children to work with teaching schools in the national project developing a sector led improvement model for early years.

Closing date for 2nd round of applicants – 14th December 2015

For further information please see :

Early Years Educator Lead Information Form

Early Years Educator Application Pack 

Or contact us on Tel: 07769661479 or by Email: Kyra@lincolnmountstreet.lincs.sch.uk