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Hannah Brown

Deputy Head of Foundation
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Hello, My name is Hannah Brown. I joined HeadStart in August 2019 as the Deputy Head of Foundation school. I have lived in Phuket for 18 months having previously worked as both a teacher and a member of the management at another 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 at the University of Plymouth, UK. I was part of the management team for a large group of early years provisions in England. Throughout my early career I focused my research and professional development around 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 excited to lead 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 enrole 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!

Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. At HeadStart we provide a stimulating education, in secure and caring surroundings for children from 18 months to five years. Our aim is to give children the very best possible start to their learning journey, provide a firm foundation on which their future education can be built and inspire a true love of learning.

Learning at HeadStart is fun, exciting and inviting and within our Foundation department we provide a safe and nurturing environment for children to learn, play, explore, imagine and take on challenges.

We consider learning through play to be an important teaching and learning tool in both the Foundation Stage and in Key Stage 1. We believe through play children develop intellectually, linguistically, creatively, physically, socially and emotionally. Therefore, opportunities for indoor and outdoor play are central to practice in the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

At HeadStart we follow the U.K Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework, carefully adapted to meet the needs of our diverse group of children. Through careful planning linked to topics we provide opportunities for the children to extend experiences and further their learning and development. Languages, Music, Art and P.E are delivered by specialist teachers, whilst our passionate and dedicated Foundation homeroom teachers provide continuous provision covering all seven areas of learning and development. Above all, in every area we encourage independence, curious minds, imagination, creativity, self-confidence and communication. We acknowledge that every child is an individual and believe that in order to achieve, children must feel safe, secure and happy.

The EYFS works within four key principles

  • A Unique Child
  • Positive Relationships
  • Enabling Environments
  • Learning and Development

With these four principles in mind, the curriculum features seven areas of learning and development:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development

These three prime areas run along side four specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Expressive Arts and Design
  • Understanding of the World

‘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

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