Hello, My name is Hannah Brown. I joined HeadStart in August 2019 as the Deputy Head of Foundation school. I have lived in Phuket since March 2018 having previously worked as both a teacher and a member of the management team at another international school. On leaving secondary school I was very aware of the career path I should take. Whilst studying I worked in various early years provisions as an Early Childhood Educator before completing my degree education in Early Childhood Education at the University of Plymouth, UK. I was part of the management team for a large group of early years settings in England. Throughout my early career, I focused my research and professional development around special educational needs, speech and language development and children learning English as a second language, which put me at a great advantage when it came to moving to this beautiful island. I am very happy to be leading a team of dedicated and creative EYFS teachers in order to give your children the best possible education experience in their early childhood. I believe that for children to achieve, discover their talents and become resilient young people they must feel safe and secure both in their personal and home lives. As teachers and education providers, our role stretches further than what subjects we can teach them but rather educate and support the development of the ‘whole child’. Taking a holistic approach we are able to focus on the personal, social and emotional needs of children whilst supporting their cognitive and physical ability. Children spend much of their childhood studying and preparing for exams, it is my mission to ensure that every child we enroll at HeadStart looks back on their early years with fun and happy memories, knowing that they were given the opportunity to grow and explore in an interesting and diverse environment. When I’m not at school I like to explore the beautiful places Thailand has to offer, spend time with friends, swim in the ocean and eat lots of delicious food! I look forward to meeting new children and parents this year. Good luck to all for the academic year!
Welcome to HeadStart Foundation school where children aged 2 to 5 years learn, develop and thrive.
Early Childhood theorists and pioneers have been researching how young children learn and develop since the early 1800’s. It cannot be denied that the foundations we lay in the first years of life are significant in life long achievement and inspiring a love for learning. Children are born ready, able and eager to learn. They actively reach out to interact with other people and the world around them. However, development is not an automatic process, it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.
Through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we provide children with an environment that is designed to support the development of children in a way that we recognise as being the most effective tool; play. Our dedicated Foundation teaching team provides endless opportunities for children to play, experience, explore and learn whilst developing intellectually, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally.
Within a nurturing and stimulating environment, children have the opportunity to develop and maintain interests that can be extended through open ended activities. Understanding that in the foundation years children learn and develop at varying rates, teachers develop relationships with children on an individual level in order to plan activities that are inclusive. They aim to build on the skills and knowledge that children possess.
Myself and the Foundation team look forward to meeting you and your child as they begin their learning journey here at HeadStart. We are confident that every child will have a positive experience that will inspire a love for learning.
‘Small class numbers, high staffing levels and positive relationships ensure children in the early years are individually known and supported well. As a result, they make rapid progress in their social, emotional and personal development. Children made good progress with their physical development through specialist PE lessons and play. They confidently and safely show good control and coordination.’ Education Development Trust (EDT) Accreditation Report, June 2017