Meet Leanne - dancing is optional!

On which courses are you a tutor?

STLS Level 2 Apprenticeship & Teaching Assistant Level 3 Standard.

Why did you become a tutor?

I want to use the knowledge and skills I’ve gained over the last 8 years as a Teaching Assistant and previous experience in training childcare providers. I want to help others enhance and develop their skills when working with children.

What do you think is the most interesting aspect of the courses you deliver?

The courses cover a wide knowledge base. I enjoy exploring this with learners who bring a variety of experience to the classroom, from different workplace settings and their own personal experiences.

What experiences of your own do you bring to the courses?

Throughout my working life, I have worked in a variety of settings with children. These include a crèche, a nursery, a pre-school and a large primary school. I have worked for the Local Authority as a childcare adviser and tutor, before later becoming an assessor. I also have two children of my own, so I understand children’s learning and development from a parent’s perspective too!

What do you love about working for Somerset Skills and Learning?

Sharing the knowledge and skills I’ve learned throughout my various roles to help our learners to achieve their goals.

What advice would you give to anyone considering your courses?

Do it! Come and join our friendly and supportive classes. You’ll gain additional skills and knowledge, leading to a rewarding career in helping children to learn and develop at school.

If you were stuck in a lift with someone, who would it be and why?

I hate lifts, so it would have to be someone like Peter Kay. He could make me laugh and hopefully distract me from the fact that I was stuck in a lift!!

What is your most annoying habit?

I don’t think I have any so I made the mistake of asking my 12 year old daughter! Her response was my embarrassing spontaneous dancing when I hear a song I like.