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Our Toddler and Pre-school room team

All our staff have been specially selected for their relevant childcare qualifications, experience and most importantly, possessing a genuine love for children. They understand the importance of providing a safe, stimulating and fun-filled environment, in a home-from-home atmosphere.

Abacus Nursery values its staff highly. We feel that it is in the interest of the children placed in our care that every opportunity be given to every staff member to develop their knowledge and skills in childcare. All staff attend regular training, to update their skills in childcare practices and keep abreast of current legislation.

Our key person system gives each member of staff particular responsibilty for just a few children. During 'settling in sessions' the key person completes paperwork with parents to ensure we meet the needs of every child attending Abacus and can respond sensitively to their feelings, ideas and behaviour. With this information we can ensure we are providing the very best care, support and stimulation to help them develop and most importantly have fun.  The keyperson will then continue to observe, record, gain feedback from the rest of the staff team to ensure each child's needs are continually being met. Reports and parent chats allows keypersons to share information with each child's parents during their time with us.

Our experienced staff plan and delivers 'school sessions' in preparation for the children's transition to school each September. She is particularly skilled in teaching through play with a mixture of adult led and child initiated activities, which are an extension of what we do constantly in the Toddler and Pre-school room.

 

Stacey

Stacey our Deputy and currently our downstairs supervisor, returned from Maternity leave in January 2018 with her beautiful baby girl. Stacey holds a Level 3 Early Years qualification in Children's care, learning and development Early Years (2009). Stacey started with us in November 2013 In Ruth and Sara's absence, Stacey is in charge of the nursery.

Bryony

Bryony returned to us as a full member of staff in September 2014 following relief work and having previously working at Abacus before having had two boys of her own. Bryony holds a Btec in Early Years (2000). She is the support supervisor for the Toddler and Pre-school room. Bryony is well organised and experienced in all aspects of nursery care. She is particularly strong at the paperwork side of nursery work and takes her role as key person very seriously. Key children greatly benefit from the key person role at Abacus and the fact that all staff including management know every child so well in the key persons absence. Bryony is a 'Champion' for Tapestry our on line journal.

Sophie

Sophie Joined us in June 2016. She is Level 3 qualified in early years and is a lovely, quiet member of the team. She is based downstairs. She is studying for her Foundation Degree in Early Years alongside her role at Abacus.

Ellie

Ellie started with us in September 2016 but we were lucky enough to have her start her induction with us over the summer once she finished her school job. Ellie is based downstairs. She completed her nursery nurse level 3 training at Chiltern College as a residential student. She is fun and energetic in her work with the children.

Siobhan

Siobhan is a Level 3 practitioner who joined us in April 2018. She is based downstairs with the Toddlers and Pre-school children.