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Meet our staff

 There are five practitioners Sandra, Catherine, Janice, Lauren and Tracy.

  We are all very experienced in working with children, have relevant childcare qualifications and are continually enrolled on further courses. We all regularly update our safeguarding training. Our Designated Lead Person in safeguarding has completed level 3 safeguarding and safer recruitment training to ensure that all adults who have contact with the children are thoroughly vetted and are suitable to do so. All staff attend training courses in a wide range of subjects, and we all have current pediatric First-aid certificates. We see continual professional development as extremely important and each year we run courses to help parents to learn the most effective ways of supporting children in the early years. 


 Sandra, the preschool manager, has a Masters' Degree in Early Years Educational Improvement Development and Change, a BA in Early Childhood Education and has Early Years Teacher Status. She has attended courses in Autism Awareness, understanding two year olds, Skills to Train adults, Parents Early Years and Learning (PEAL), and inclusion training, and has visited Denmark and Italy to work in and learn about international early education. Sandra is our named person in behaviour management and can advise on behaviour issues. She is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Senco). Sandra is a lead tutor for a national company teaching adults who are working on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme. 


Catherine has a Diploma in Preschool Practice and is our designated lead person in safeguarding, updating her safeguarding training annually. She is also our lead practitioner in language and communication having attended a full year's course called 'Every Child a Talker' (ECAT) and has a strong knowledge of children's language acquisition and development. Catherine has a Mental Health First Aid certificate which means that she has trained in having the knowledge and skills to support children and adults with their mental health well-being. 








Janice has a Diploma in Preschool Practice and has recently completed courses in Autism, early maths, health and safety in early years settings, Food Hygiene, Behaviour Management and understanding and supporting 2 year old children.







Lauren started working with us in 2015. She finished her level 3 childcare diploma in 2014, gaining an A grade. She did some of her work placements during her course, at Acorns, and we were delighted that she came back to work with us permanently. Lauren has recently been on a behaviour management course, and has also completed Safeguarding training at Level 2, meeting the needs of boys, and supporting vulnerable children. She is qualified in Pediatric first aid. 




Tracy is a qualified Early Years Teacher. She also holds primary QTS. She has completed comprehensive training across all age ranges from 0-5 years and completed phonics and maths training. She is a qualified first-aider and has completed safeguarding training. She has recently completed a course on understanding Autism. 



  We have a key person system and each member of staff has a small number of key children for whom they are responsible. As key people we aim to get to know each child and work with their whole family to support them in all aspects of learning and development. Key people ensure that children are learning, developing and achieving. Progress is checked against expected development and if we have any concerns about your child's development we would talk to you and explain why we are worried. Then we would work closely with you and your child in order to set simple targets which aim to support their progress and development. If you have any concerns, please talk to your child's key person or our SENCO, Sandra Matthews. See the Special Educational Needs page for further information.

We accept all children into our setting, whatever their needs and we aim to reduce any barriers to learning or inclusion. We believe that all children have the right to be valued and included in every aspect of our setting.

"The quality of teaching from all staff is of the highest calibre. Staff know when to intervene in play and carefully intertwine questioning into play opportunities. Children enthuse at the challenges set them."

Ofsted May 16