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 almost 30 years and have 3 children of my own. I started helping to teach 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 temporary 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. In 2018, I completed a 6 year, part-time degree in psychology and will complete a Masters degree in Childhood and Youth in 2022.
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 since the following year.
Jodie is level 3 childcare trained and had worked in big chain nurseries for 10 years before she came to work with us in 2017. She is a firm favourite with the children, due to her calm and soft nature. Jodie replaced a lady who had worked with us for 11 years and we hope to keep Jodie for just as long, if not longer!
Natalie joined us last year and is learning the ropes very quickly! She has some great craft ideas and is currently planning for our 1-2 year olds with support.