After graduating from Lancaster with an English Literature and Philosophy BA Hons in 2011, Astone began working at Sandy Bears. Over the next 12 months she studied for her Early Years Teacher Status and was then appointed on the Management Team in January 2012 working closely with Laura to gain their Outstanding OfSted report in Tattenhall. Astone oversees all SENDCo and Safeguarding for Sandy Bears. Astone is based between both Tattenhall and Cholmondeley settings working in the rooms and the office, supporting families and developing staff practice. Astone is currently studying as a Forest School Teacher and provides children with these weekly sessions.

Keyworker Letter

Hello, my name is Astone, I live at home with my partner Callum and our cockerbull Willis. I love to read in my (rare!) spare time and also enjoy finding new walks in North Wales to take

Willis. My favourite TV show is Supervet, I love the colour Orange and my favourite animal is a Tiger. I have worked at Sandy Bears for 5 years since I graduated university and I am now a Manager spending half of my time in the office and half in Big Bears.

I always thought I would go into teaching however my ‘stop gap’ job at Sandy Bears showed me how much more personal a nursery environment is. I love that I have a relationship with the whole family not just the child and this is why I love my roles of SENDCo and Safeguarding Officer as I am able to identify additional needs of families and work together with them to make a real difference. I LOVE being a key worker, it is amazing to be a childs first port of call when their parents aren’t there, to be greeted with an excited face every day and to have those special moments as they grow and achieve. My aim for your child starting at Sandy Bears is to get as much information from you as possible to help me understand their individual needs. I will spend lots of time with them during their transition days to ensure I become their ‘special grown up’.

I can’t wait to get to know you all.

 

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