Meet the Northern Devon Team

Hello from the Northern Devon Early Years and Childcare team,

(from left to right, Liz Carroll , Melissa Filby, Karen Baker)

What do we do as a team in  Northern Devon?

We support all our childcare providers with any help or support we can offer. This ranges from safeguarding advice to financial advice, merger of providers, and many other topics, ensuring that they continue to offer high quality care and education.  If we don’t know the answer to your query we will find out for you.

A typical day for the team would be:

Liz Carroll, the Early Years & Childcare Adviser, travelling around a large geographical area, facilitating meetings, sharing her vast knowledge of the sector and occasionally getting lost!

Melissa Filby is the Early Years Locality Manager and her typical day could be offering safeguarding advice, undertaking Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (Mash) duty, answering enquires and monitoring the children’s centre contracts.

Karen Baker works one day a week supporting the locality office and two days in the county team manning the funding helpdesk and administrating the two year old funding process. Karen is fast becoming an expert on the process for the extended entitlement, as we are all learning as we go along.

We are a small cog in a well- oiled machine!

Top tip from the team: Make sure you are registered for the weekly digest. All new information is added to this and your staff can register to receive the digest as well. It helps to keep everyone up to date on changes.

What do you all have in common? We all like going to see live music, we have all seen Take That and of course Robbie Williams! And we do like the Great British Bake off!

We are based at Taw View Offices in Barnstaple and are all contactable on the 01392 383000 and ask for us by name.  We look forward to hearing from you,

The Northern Devon Team