About Me

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Hi! My name is Clair Maskell and I had been in childcare for 11 years up until the birth of my daughter, Emily. I have many  qualifications including:

FDA Childcare and Education (Foundation Degree)
NVQ 2 and 3 Childcare and Education
Level 2 Playwork
Level 3 First line Management (ILM)
3 A levels (C-D) Sociology, History and English language
9 GCSES (Grade B-D including a B in Child Development)

As well as attending childcare related courses such as First Aid, Manual Handling, SEN, Managing People for the First Time, Cultural diversity, Developing children's spirituality, Advanced Child Behaviour and many more!

I have worked in a range of settings from After School and Holiday Clubs, Nurseries, Play schemes and a Pre-school. I have been a trainee Nursery Nurse, Playworker, Club coordinator, Room Leader and Deputy Manager within these settings. I have helped design layouts in settings, plan a wide range of activities and also have been known to create new life to rooms where I have worked! I am now a full time Mum, but although happy in my new role, I still want to give something to the childcare community which played such a big part in my life! Hence, the website was born, offering advice, ideas and reviews for all parents and practitioners.

In April 2013, I launched my first children's book "Mrs Handbag and the magic seed". I am hoping this book will be one of many more to come!

So, welcome to my website! A place for parents and practitioners to gain ideas, get an insight into my life and ask me your questions to see if I can help you!!