All staff are given an enhanced DBS Police Check which is undertaken by the management team to ensure the safety and well being of all children in the nursery. All staff start on a three month probationary contract to ensure their suitability to the nursery. We do not choose new staff lightly. We ensure that we check their references, backgrounds, qualifications and health history.
We are glad that the staff bring their different skills, experience and backgrounds to the nursery, and we have many staff that are parents themselves and understand the joys and frustrations that come with parenthood. We feel very lucky to have a good staff team, most of whom are qualified or undergoing training whilst with us.
We realise that staff retention can be an important issue to prospective parents; therefore we try very hard to retain all of our staff by offering a programme of continuous training to update and extend their qualifications, and help them to reach their personal goals.
We strongly believe that alert, fun and content carers benefit your children and insist that staff have their one hour lunch break away from the children in the staff room which has a separate entrance/exit allowing them to have a complete break, and come back refreshed and re-energised; we have several ladies who come in and help us look after the children at lunchtime. They are also police checked, and have the same background checks as any other staff members.
Keith and Lesley – Directors
Lesley Baker and her daughter, Holly started the Nursery 12 years ago. Lesley had worked with Children for several years and had just completed her History degree. They decided to open a Nursery and their vision was a family owned one in a setting that mirrored a family home. Lesley has now retired, but still enjoys spending time at the Nursery whilst Holly has taken over the leadership. The Nursery continues to remain family owned.
Holly – Director
Holly has been working in childcare for 18 years. She has worked in various types of areas within childcare from social services, Montessori and Nurseries. Holly qualified with a NNEB and trained at The Norland College of Nursery Nursing gaining a Diploma in Childcare and Education. Holly is committed to providing a childcare setting that is safe, healthy, fun and helps children learn through play. Holly is also a proud mum of three boys.
Gill – Administrator
Gill works as our office administrator. She has been with our team since 2016. Gill is AAT qualified in accounting and book keeping. Gill deals with invoices and funding. Any financial queries, please ask to speak to her.
Gemma – Manager
Gemma is our Nursery Manager. Gemma has a BA Honours Degree in Childhood studies from the University of Chichester. Gemma has worked in various setting for the past 9 years and has been a part of our team since 2011. Gemma is now office based and is in charge of the day to day running of the Nursery. Gemma is passionate about delivering good quality education and childcare in our settings and initiating ways of achieving this.
Ben – Chef
Ben is our fantastic Nursery chef. He prides himself on preparing healthy, appealing meals that provides children with a varied diet to help them thrive. Wherever possible, Ben uses organic meat and produce. Ben is passionate about using seasonal fruits and vegetables and has become very experienced in hiding vegetables into his fabulous meals. Photos of Bens food can be found on our facebook page. Ben is very proud of the Nurseries 5* rating.
Carly – Pre-school Room Leader and Deputy Manager
Carly is our Deputy manager at the Nursery. Carly holds a EYP status (Early Years Professional). Carly is also currently training towards her level 3 in teaching Forest School. As the Head of Pre-school, Carly is passionate about the children learning through play and ensuring that each of her children are ready and confident for their impending transition to School.