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Nursery and Pre-School Staff

Nursery & Pre-School Staff

Staff at Little Jo’s Day Nursery & Pre School are highly qualified, we have three graduate leaders who drive quality of practice throughout the nursery. Our other practitioners have level 3, 4 and 5 qualifications.

Staff have many years’ experience in child care and education, most practitioners having worked at Little Jo’s since opening in 2002. We maintain an excellent record of staff retention which has a positive impact on standards of care and education for children at the setting.

We actively encourage our staff to continue with their personal development and update their training. Training such as Speech and Language has been undertaken so we are able to provide individual speech, language and communication programmes for young children.

All staff have Safeguard Training (4 have Advanced), First Aid Training and Food Safety.

Our recruitment process is robust. The system requires an up to date Disclosure and Barring System (DBS) document and valid references. We have carefully chosen staff for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, continuous professional development and their caring nature.

We are a leading provider of DCatch and Short Breaks for children locally. We believe our success is due to highly trained staff supported by four Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOS).

Nursery School Staff

Details of all the staff currently working at Little Jo's Day Nursery are listed below.

Karina Jackson - Managing Director/SENCO/Staff Management Officer/Advance Safeguarding Officer
Name: Karina Jackson Position: Managing Director/SENCO/Staff Management Officer/Advance Safeguarding Officer Qualifications: BA Honours First Class in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: September 2002

Toni Millward - Nursery Manager/Lead SENCO/Advance Safeguarding Officer/Training Planner/Meeting Coordinator
Name: Toni Millward Position: Nursery Manager/Lead SENCO/Advance Safeguarding Officer/Training Planner/Meeting Coordinator Qualifications: BA in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: January 2003

Katie Mellor - Assistant Manager Graduate Leader/EYFS Coordinator/Transition Coordinator
Name: Katie Mellor Position: Assistant Manager Graduate Leader/EYFS Coordinator/Transition Coordinator Qualifications: BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: September 2011

Kim Senior - Baby Room Coordinator/Transition Coordinator/2 Year Check Coordinator/Health and Safety Officer
Name: Kim Senior Position: Baby Room Coordinator/Transition Coordinator/2 Year Check Coordinator/Health and Safety Officer Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 - W/T BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: November 2010

Kirsty Holland - Early Years Practitioner
Name: Kirsty Holland Position: Early Years Practitioner Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 - W/T BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: September 2011

Marie Cutts (Maz) - Behaviour Management Coordinator/Health and Safety Officer/Student Coordinator
Name: Marie Cutts (Maz) Position: Behaviour Management Coordinator/Health and Safety Officer/Student Coordinator Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 Early Years Care and Education Date Started: September 2002

Sam Wrend - Toddler Room Practitioner SENCO/Advance Safeguarding Officer
Name: Sam Wrend Position: Toddler Room Practitioner SENCO/Advance Safeguarding Officer Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: October 2004

Geri Johnson - SEND Practitioner/SENCO
Name: Geri Johnson Position: SEND Practitioner/SENCO Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: April 2014

Anna Fieldsend - Early Years Practitioner/Polish Translator
Name: Anna Fieldsend Position: Early Years Practitioner/Polish Translator Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: November 2003

Sarah Booth - Early Years Practitioner/Events Coordinator
Name: Sarah Booth Position: Early Years Practitioner/Events Coordinator Qualifications: NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: September 2008

Emma Ibottson - Early Years Practitioner/Fund Raising Coordinator
Name: Emma Ibottson Position: Early Years Practitioner/Fund Raising Coordinator Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: September 2009

Amie Sheeron - Early Years Practitioner (Pre-School)
Name: Amie Sheeron Position: Early Years Practitioner (Pre-School) Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: September 2013

Zoe Kemp - Early Years Apprentice
Name: Zoe Kemp Position: Early Years Apprentice Qualifications: Cache Diplom Level 2 in Early Years WT Level 3 Date Started: September 2014

Georgina Mallinson (George) - Early Years Practitioner (Toddler Room)
Name: Georgina Mallinson (George) Position: Early Years Practitioner (Toddler Room) Qualifications: BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: 9th May 2016

Agnieszka Litwin (Agnies) - Early Years Practitioner (Pre-School) Polish Translater
Name: Agnieszka Litwin (Agnies) Position: Early Years Practitioner (Pre-School) Polish Translater Qualifications: BA Honours First Class in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: 13th June 2016

Jodie Murdoch - Toddler Room Coordinator - Lead in Wellcomm
Name: Jodie Murdoch Position: Toddler Room Coordinator - Lead in Wellcomm Qualifications: Level 3 in Early Years Date Started: 6th September 2016

Lucy Fenton - Early Years Apprentice
Name: Lucy Fenton Position: Early Years Apprentice Qualifications: Early Years Apprentice WT Level 2 Date Started: 10th September 2016

Training to Ensure Childrens Safety and Welfare

All staff have Paediatric First Aid and Safeguard Training (including four staff with Advanced Safeguarding). Some staff have recieved Team Teach, Epilepsy, and Epi Pen Training.

Training to Support Children with Special Educational Needs

We have four Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators, who have a wealth of training including speech and language (ELKLAN and WELCOMM), Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) & Autism.