Laura studied her Level 3 Early Years qualification at BMC in 2002-4, and has since gone on to run her own successful nursery, Little Stars. She regularly visits BMC as a guest lecturer, sharing her wealth of knowledge and experience with the next generation of Early Years practitioners.
Over the past 16 years, Laura has gained lots of experience within the Early Years sector. In addition to having two children, she has set up Little Stars Nursery, started nurseries for other providers, been to university, been rated an ‘Outstanding’ childminder and lots more!
Laura’s educational achievements include completing her Certificate to Teach at Derby University, becoming a teacher at South Leicestershire College, gaining her HNC/HND qualifications in Early Years and Assessing at Stephenson College, and completing her degree in Childhood studies at Northampton University. She also completed her Early Years teaching qualification at Northampton University. She is now an Early Years Expert for Nottingham Trent University, where she teaches Early Years modules.
As a nursery owner, Laura regularly undertakes additional training to help make her settings the best that they can be. She has recently qualified to teach Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Baby Sign Language. In addition, she has recently undertaken Forest School Teacher Training at Level 3, with the hope of further implementing the Forest School approach into her nursery settings, as she is passionate about giving children outdoor experiences to promote their well-being and development.
Laura’s impressive career has also taken her to the Childcare Expo, where she spoke in 2019 about her Intergenerational Play project. She also help a conference in Leicester, supported by the Co-operative Midlands, which aimed to inspire other practitioners across the nation to embark on joining the generations.
Little Stars – Runner Up in National Nursery Awards!
In January 2020, Little Stars Nursery was named Runner Up in the Midlands at the National Nursery Awards.
When speaking about this fantastic achievement, Laura said ‘Being named Runner Up in the Midlands category of the National Nursery Awards has been the highlight of my career. We were competing with settings based in Coventry, Dudley, Birmingham and Leicester. Watching the staff stand with pride to be a part of a company that I created and grew was a priceless experience.
‘We are a home-from-home setting in Melton Mowbray, adopting the principle that our settings are an extension of home, and encouraging children’s natural curiosity, exploration, play and learning. We pride ourselves on being unique, being one of the first settings in the area to offer planning ‘in the moment’, and leading an intergenerational play project called ‘Joining the Generations’, which is now in its third year. Above all, we pride ourselves on putting children at the centre of our company.
‘As an independent nursery in a small town, to be given this recognition really is phenomenal. We feel honoured to hold the title. I could never have planned for the years passed, however I’m very excited for the future, and hope that my story can inspire others to think big. The sky really can be the limit.’
What Laura Says About BMC
‘I am extremely grateful for Brooksby Melton College for providing me with the grounding of an excellent practitioner to enable to me to be a proprietor of two early years settings. Initially my dream was to attend university – I have by far exceeded that now by being a Lecturer for a University. I never dreamt that my career would take this pathway however, when looking back, the love for working with children has provided the drive and motivation.
‘I am looking forward to what the future holds for Little Stars. I love to come into BMC to be a guest speaker regularly to try and give back some of the inspiration that was given to me. I am working with the College now to involve them into my project of Intergenerational play and am excited for the development of this over the course of the year.’