The most important part of every nursery is the staff. We know our staff are caring, skilled and committed. Our approach to managing staff is that people need to feel valued and empowered and that employees should be ‘looked after’.
We have high expectations of the staff with regards to the care they give your child, in return we offer a good working environment where we hope they feel respected and where they enjoy working.Our management team have remained the same for many years.
We feel this is the key to our success as a lot of nurseries do have a high staff turnover with young and inexperienced managers. Our managers are supernumerary, working in the nurseries every day and know all of the children and their families and offer a personal service. Our management team consists of: Our Senior Manager Vickie Kaye who has worked at the nurseries for over 17 years. Vickie is a mum of 2, Lucy is 16 and Grace is 11. Vickie has worked in childcare for 21 years and qualified in 1996.
Our Manager Clare Beattie who has worked at the nurseries for over 15 years. Clare is also a mum of 2, Joe is 11 and Olivia is 8. Clare qualified in 1998 and has worked with children for 19 years.We have 2 Deputy Managers:Vicky Caunce has worked at the nurseries for over 14 years. Vicky is a mum of 3, Leah is 11, Amelia is 8 and Jack is 5 years. Vicky qualified in 2005 and has been promoted through the ranks at both nurseries.
Sarah has worked at Little Holcombe since 2005 and qualified with her NVQ 3 in 2007. Sarah has also achieved a BA Hons in Early Years. As well as being the SENCO at Little Holcombe, she also took on the role of Deputy Manager in 2017. Sarah has two children, Jacob who is 5 and Arabella who is almost 1.
We also employ a full time Qualified Teacher and EYP (Early Years Professional): Judith has been a part of both nurseries for over 19 years, both as a parent and a member of our team. Judith works with the Pre-school children and helps mentor and train the staff.
All of the manager’s children have attended both nurseries and still do. We value their experience as parent’s as well as highly trained professionals, as this helps them to understand the standard of care every family wants for their own child.We pride ourselves with having a low turn over of staff. Many of our staff have been with us for a long time, starting as trainees and then being promoted throughout the nurseries. We nurture our staff, offering them help and support in their personal lives. We also offer a fantastic staff incentive scheme.