Tashi Ungar – Deputy Head and SENCO

My name is Tashi, and I am the Deputy Head and SENCO of Shofar. I have been working with children in nursery schools for many years now and am extremely passionate about doing so. I have a first–class degree in Early Childhood studies, which sparked my keen interest in child development, psychology and attachment; as well as education as a whole, special educational needs, equality issues, leadership and management in early years settings and of course, the Early Years Foundation Stage. I also have a background in Psychology, Drama, Art and Music which have undoubtedly influenced my teaching style.

I am very nurturing and friendly whilst giving the children firm boundaries, which they tend to appreciate. I am a strong advocate for children learning through play and other hands-on experiences including: exploring nature, sensory play, role-play and real life encounters. I also believe that children learn much more effectively when the subject is made fun for them and their teachers model an enthusiasm for learning and new topics. I believe in close partnership with parents and have worked with children and their families on various behavioural, social and emotional issues; and have had great success through meetings with parents, bringing in new strategies and ensuring that the child is receiving consistent messages and boundaries at both nursery and at home. Observing children as they constantly grow and develop in all areas of their learning and development is by far the most rewarding aspect of my job.