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“nothing without joy”

 as seen on wall in an entrance to a Reggio Emilia pre school


Joy Dahl has recently worked for the National Strategies as an Early Years Regional Adviser in London and as an educational consultant.

She lives in central London with her artist husband. They have three children, and two grandchildren in London.

Earlier in her career Joy was an Early Years Adviser for Sunderland Local Authority where she led a large team of Early Years Consultants challenging and supporting schools, settings and childminders in quality EYFS provision. As School Improvement Officer leading in Early Years she was part of a large School Improvement team and was School Improvement Officer to nine Local Authority Nursery Schools. She was responsible for developing Early Years provision across eighty five Primary Schools and set up new Nursery Class provision in a number of these schools.  In this role she developed a Quality Improvement Framework “Foundations for Quality” involving and empowering partners and practitioners from a wide range of roles in schools and settings in developing self evaluative practice. She was responsible for taking a large group of Heads, practitioners and officers from within the LA to Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy to encounter inspiring Early Years practice. This subsequently supported the development of Quality Improvement and developed Leading Practitioners across the city.

In her role as educational consultant Joy has worked with other consultants in teaching a BA primary module on Early Childhood Studies at Roehampton University.

As an experienced, passionate Deputy Headteacher Joy determined to develop early years practice for sixteen years, in two very different schools to improve quality and standards. The first in Holmewood Nursery School in Lambeth and the second in a First School in Newcastle upon Tyne in the North East of England. She enjoys keeping her school experience up to date and relevant through her recent role as Regional Adviser visiting, supporting reflective practice and facilitating learning in LA teams and schools and settings.

Joy’s qualifications include qualifying as a state registered nurse and training as a teacher, later gaining an honours degree in Urban and Multi cultural education. As part of developing her own interests in improving quality and standards she has worked with artists and musicians in schools, gained a Best Practice Research Scholarship and has taken part in Study Tours in Reggio Emilia on three occasions. In conjunction with a regeneration project she produced a teachers pack “Inside and Outside Worlds”, a journey of learning in the city alongside parents and children. She is committed to empowering all stakeholders through innovative and creative Early Years practice and enjoys discussion and debate across the Early Year’s field.

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