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The EYFS unit team

The EYFS unit team

Laura Lewis - EYFS lead and Reception teacher


After graduating from the University of Exeter with a 2:1 Honours degree in Education I returned to Cornwall to work for a charity supporting young people with a range of special educational needs. Since then, I have gone on to have two wonderful children of my own, Lowenna and Eli. After taking time to raise my children, I decided to return to the classroom to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. This qualification enabled me to study alongside classroom practice within the First Federation Trust. 


I have been lucky enough to work in many of the First Federation schools since joining them in 2017, I feel like I've found my 'home' here at Rockbeare. When not working, I can usually be found on a beach in Cornwall with my family. 


Working within the Early Years Foundation Stage is an important and rewarding role. I value and enjoy all aspects of Early Years practice and understand the importance of using play as a vital tool for learning. I strive to spark each child's love of learning by providing playful, meaningful and exciting experiences while considering each child's strengths and interests. I aim to provide joy and care throughout everyday. At Rockbeare we encourage children to become happy, confident and inquisitive learners ensuring that the children can experience lots of outdoor learning. Children have daily opportunities to be creative and explore.   


What a tremendous privilege to teach little minds. 




Jenna Priddis - Reception teaching assistant



Emma Hogarth - Preschool assistant


I’m Emma Hogarth, I work as a Preschool Assistant within Acorn’s class. 


I have an NVQ level 2 in Early Years and Education, I qualified in 2000. I also have CACHE level 2 certificate in understanding children’s and young people’s mental health, and first aid qualifications. 


I have more than 20 years childcare experience ranging from babysitting and Nannying to Day Nurseries and the EYFS classroom at Rockbeare. I joined the Rockbeare team in December 2019, first within Preschool, and more recently in the new EYFS Preschool & Reception class. 


As well as raising 6 children of our own, my Husband and I also provide respite care for two children with additional needs. 


I take great pride in helping create a friendly, inclusive learning environment that puts children and their families at the heart of all we do.