Education J OSS KING, new lead practitioner in the nursery at St Swithun’s Prep School, has worked with young children throughout her adult life, first as a nanny, then in nurseries and preschools. “After completing a foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies I was appointed as co-coordinator at Sparklers Children’s Centre. I later joined Lanterns Children’s Centre where I remained for 10 years, wearing several hats, before taking up my new role at St Swithun’s,” she said. “I love the outdoors, growing vegetables, arts and crafts and singing (even though I am no expert at the latter two!), and I hope to be able to share these passions with the children in the beautiful setting and facilities of St Swithun’s. “At St Swithun’s we balance traditional values of respect, manners and caring for others, while encouraging children to question, to think outside the box and develop a real enthusiasm A new girl at St Swithun’s for learning. Our work includes some topical themes and focal starting points but then is very much led by the interests of the children themselves, and having fun is essential! We also maintain an open and trusting relationship in which parents and carers feel part of our school community and can form an easy partnership with us in promoting learning and well- being. “Ultimately our aim is to give all the children in our care confidence to achieve their potential and begin their journey towards becoming fearless, confident and articulate individuals who can form happy relationships and make a positive contribution to the world. “I am very lucky in that I love what I do. Watching children grow, learn and discover is hugely rewarding. I look forward to continuing to be surprised and awed by the children’s capacity to embrace life and continuing the nursery’s successful work.” Come and meet The Tiger Who Came to Tea at St Swithun’s Prep School on Friday 15 November at 1.15pm. An afternoon activity for 2-4 year olds and their parents. Tea is included. Please book at or call 01962 835792 A leading independent day school offering outstanding education for girls (4–11) with a co-ed nursery 44 Resident