BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely managers - Dinner lady - St Francis RC Primary School, Ascot

BRAIN FOOD: Unlikely managers - Dinner lady - St Francis RC Primary School, Ascot - NAME: PATRICIA KELLAWAY

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

NAME: PATRICIA KELLAWAY

WHEN DID YOU BECOME A MANAGER? Twenty-seven years ago. I keep my eye on three classes in the playground during the lunch hour, plus I spend 30 minutes inside every day helping the children with their reading.

WHAT DOES MANAGEMENT MEAN TO YOU? It means working together as a team with the two other dinner controllers to ensure that the children are safe and happy. I keep my eye on the children all the time - they're my responsibility when I'm out here. I try to be their friend as well as someone who oversees them have a nice playtime. Some days, the children have fights and I have to smooth it out. When I used to be in the hall, I had to make sure the children took their lunch sensibly - quite difficult at times! Managing children is common sense. You have to respect them as you do your own.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE/HATE ABOUT IT? When I first came here some of the children were awful - I used to be spat upon and go home with bruises. Now they're a lovely bunch. The only thing I hate is being in the playground in the freezing cold.

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