Libby Minister

What led you to teaching?  My career in teaching was inevitable, with many hours of my childhood spent ‘teaching’ my teddy bears or, if he was really lucky, my brother, which I am convinced must have rubbed off on him as he is now a teacher too! I absolutely loved everything about school when I was a child, which led me to study Education with Psychology at the University of Bath. Since graduating, I have spent time working in schools across various Key Stages in both marketing and admissions, as well as teaching. When I joined Skippers Hill, it didn’t take me long to realise my passion for Early Years!

What inspires you and what you do?  I have a real passion for Early Years, probably because it is something that I feel does not get enough recognition for its importance in a child’s development, and I always like a challenge. I think it is just incredible that, from the moment a child walks into the Nursery, every minute until that child goes home they are learning, growing and developing. A number of recent studies have demonstrated that there is a link between a strong start to a child’s education and success in later life. It is so important that every child receives a rich, wholesome and varied education from the start of their life. This is why I decided to complete my Masters in Early Years Education!

What do you love most about Skippers?  I am so pleased to have completed my Masters in Early Years Education at Skippers Hill. It was a fantastic opportunity, which I will be forever grateful for. The support and opportunities that Skippers Hill has given me has allowed me to develop so much as a teacher, in such a short period of time.

What was your favourite childhood book?  The Owl who was afraid of the dark. My Dad used to read it to me and my brother before we went to sleep. It was also my favourite audiobook to listen to in the car. Every year we drove down to Cornwall for a family holiday, and this would be one of my favourite stories we listened to, along with Horrid Henry!