We believe that consistency of staff is vital to the children settling in and feeling happy and secure at the nursery, while we do not descriminate when selecting staff we try to have a mix of qualified and experienced staff and pride ourselves in our extremely low staff turnover.
I have now been working with children for 20 years and have 3 children of my own. I started teaching children to swim when I was 17 and it was then that I developed a passion for working with them. After completing my A-levels I took a summer holiday job as a nanny and I loved it so much that I went back to college and took my Btec National Diploma Level 3 in nursery nursing. Since then I have worked as a nanny and in numerous big chain nurseries, where I started feeling that I wanted to develop something smaller and more personal for children, catering for their individual needs.
I didn't like the fact that the children all had the same thing for dinner, with the same sized portions, that they were all expected to sleep or lay down at the same time and have outdoor play for a 2 hour slot each day and most importantly that the staff seemed to change every week. In 2003 after 18 months of planning I had the nursery built on the back of my family home and I have run the nursery from here ever since.
Maria has worked at the nursery for 10 years now and although she has 2 grown up children and 1 grandchild of her own. Maria works full-time at the nursery and is a registered childminder on the premises.
Wendy has a level 3 childcare qualification and a young son and daughter of her own. She is also a registered childminder and has worked at the nursery on and off since the beginning, leaving to have her son and daughter and making a recent welcome return.