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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 (3 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 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 Staff

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

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

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Name: Katie Anne Mellor Position: Manager/ Safeguarding Lead/ Lead SENDCO Qualifications: BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies/ L3 Award SENDCo Date Started: September 2011

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Name: Anna Fieldsend Position: Assistant Manager/ Pre-School Coordinator/ Safeguarding Leader /Polish Translator Qualifications: Level 3 Playwork Date Started: November 2003

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

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Name: Kim Senior Position: Baby Room EYP Qualifications: BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started: November 2010

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Name: Emma Ibottson Position: Toddler Room EYP Qualifications: Cache Diploma Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education Date Started: September 2009

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Name: Amie Sheeron Position: Toddler Room Coordinator Qualifications: BA hons BA Honours in Early Years Childhood Studies Date Started:

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Name: Kelly Holt Position: Toddler Room Coordinator Qualifications: Level 3 in Early Years Date Started: February 2021

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Name: Chloe Mills Position: Toddler Room EYP Qualifications: Level 3 in Early Years Date Started:

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Name: Lucy Fenton Position: Preschool Room EYP Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Ellie Duffy Position: Toddler Room EYP Qualifications: Level 3 in Early Years Date Started:

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Name: Faith Senior Position: Baby Room EYP Qualifications: Level 3 in Early Years Date Started:

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Name: Gillian Mellor Position: Nursery Cook Qualifications: Level 2 Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering/ Indolence and Allergy Certificate Date Started:

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Name: Emily Hewitt Position: Preschool EYP/ Intensive Support Practitioner Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Chloe Mills Position: Toddler Room EYP Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Felicity Deighton Position: Assistant Manager / Toddler room EYP Qualifications: BA Hons Education and Professional Development. W/T Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Lauren Platts Position: Baby Room EYP Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Laura Snodgrass Position: Preschool EYP Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Ellie Mellor Position: Early Years Assistant (Toddler Room) Qualifications: W/T Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Megan Wright Position: Lead Practitioner Qualifications: BA Hons Early Years Date Started:

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Name: Yasmin Smith Position: Early Years Assistant (Preschool) Qualifications: W/T Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Kelly Robinson Position: Preschool EYP/ Intensive Support Practitioner Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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Name: Shannon Buttery Position: Early Years Assistant (Baby Room) Qualifications: W/T W/T Level 3 Childcare Date Started:

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.