The Foundation Years Trust - Parents of 0-5s

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Meet the team

Ria Dawson

Ria Dawson

Pedagogical Lead

I have 17 years experience working in early years. My qualifications include Level 4 Managing Standards in Children’s Services, BA Honours in Supporting Learning with Children and Young People and Level 3 in Preparing to Teach in the lifelong learning sector. I am passionate about understanding how children learn, with a growing interest in brain development. I love working with FYT seeing families take on board the things we do within our sessions and then hearing how this  makes a difference within their family life.

Sophie Britton

Sophie Britton

Family link worker

The birth of my son nine years ago sparked my keen interest in children’s learning and development. I hold a 1st Class Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies. I have always been particularly interested in working directly with parents and even wrote my dissertation on building successful partnerships with parents in different environments. Before working for FYT, I worked in a busy day nursery. I thoroughly enjoy my role at FYT as it is very rewarding supporting parents to further their confidence in helping their children to learn and develop.

Jemma Hardy

Jemma Hardy

Family link worker

I am a mum of 3 children and have been working and volunteering within the early years sector for nearly 10 years, mainly in schools and pre-schools. I have a number of early year qualifications including a Level 3 Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce. I love working with FYT and our families and I really believe the work we do can make a real and lasting difference.

Ellie Jones

Ellie Jones

Family link worker

I have a BA(Hons) in Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher Status. I am passionate about working with children in the early years and have previous experience working in various school and nursery settings. I love my work with FYT as it is good to be able to work with parents to build on their existing skills to support and further their children’s development.

Anna-Louise Van Der Merwe

Anna-Louise Van Der Merwe

National Director

I have worked in the charity sector for 15 years, with a focus on children and education. Much of my life I have worked in developing and post-conflict countries and my ethos is that everyone has the right to the opportunity to make the best of their lives and that this is true in both the West and in less prosperous countries. I have a young daughter who keeps me in check concerning my perspective on early years education and on parents’ role in ensuring that all children start school healthy, happy and ready to learn.

Anne Parker

Anne Parker

Local Director

I have spent over 30 years working with young children and their families and have an NNEB, BSc(Hons) in Management and an NPQICL (equivalent to headteacher qualification). I believe that all parents can support their children’s learning effectively if given the right encouragement and support, that’s why the work at FYT is so vital. I am keen to develop secure partnerships between parents and their child’s formal educator, to enhance children’s outcomes.

Tracy Taylor

Tracy Taylor

Office Manager

I moved ‘up north’ from Taunton in Somerset to live on the Wirral 4 years ago, joining the Foundation Years Trust shortly after. I enjoy the variety this job gives me, one day dressed as an elf giving out leaflets, the next hobnobbing with royalty at the House of Lords and the next arranging the audit of our accounts or sorting our payroll … there’s never a dull moment!  It’s also great working as part of our team, everyone really cares about what they do and just happen to be lovely too!