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Staff profiles and experience

The team is highly skilled, friendly and most of all passionate about what they do, making the nursery a truly special place for your child. The nursery currently employs seven members of staff working directly with the children plus an administrator. The leader is trained to a level 6 standard achieving a BA in Childhood studies and Early Years Professional Status. 1 staff member has Early Years Teacher Status, 1 staff member holds a level 6 qualification, 1 holds level 5, 3 hold level 3 qualifications in childcare.

All staff members are first aid trained and have attended Early Years Foundation Stage training. All staff attend regular relevant courses arranged through:

  • The revised EYFS
  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Early intervention courses
  • Signing for children with SEN
  • Making story time magical
  • Early phonics
  • Numicon- a teaching strategy to gain understanding of mathematical concepts
  • Establishing Effective Partnerships with Parents
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Loose parts and natural play
  • Health & Safety
  • Food Safety
  • Promoting positive behaviour
  • Quality learning journeys.


Nursery Manager - Michelle Tankard
Designated Safeguarding Lead (Deputy Manager in her absence) / Health and Safety Officer / Mentor for staff undertaking qualifications
Early Years Professional Status - Qualified February 2012
Level 6 - Achieved BA in Childhood Studies - Qualified June 2011
Level 3 - ILM Award in Effective Management - Qualified July 2011

Deputy Manager - Melanie walker
Coordinator for Special Educational Needs / Mentor for staff undertaking qualifications
Level 3 NVQ in Care, Learning and Development - Qualified February 2001
NVQ Assessors qualification Qualified October 2002

Early Years Practitioner - Sarah Boyce
Mentor to staff completing NVQ level 2
Level 3 BTEC NVQ - Qualified June 2002
Level 2 BTEC NVQ - Qualified September 1999

Assistant Early Years Practitioner - Helen Rowlands
Level 2 NVQ in Care, Learning and Development - Qualified March 2011
Level 3 Diploma Children and Young Peoples Workforce

Early Years Practitioner - Katy Cranston
Level 6 BA in Childhood Studies

Early Years Practitioner – Sarah Collins
Early Years Teacher Status – Qualified September 2016

Early Years Practitioner – Yasmin Ilyas
Level 5 Foundation Degree – Early Years care and education – Qualified 2017

Nursery Administrator – Carol Cane