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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.



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 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 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.


Phoebe joined us in May 2018. She is employed as a part time Nursery Assistant whilst studying for her Ba Hons in Early Childhood Studies. After her first year of study with us she will become a Nursery Practitioner. Phoebe is very bubbly and enthusiastic. She is an asset to Abacus Nursery. She is based downstairs with our oldest children.


Rachel joins us in June 2018 as a part time Nursery Practitioner. She holds a PGCE in Primary Education with Mathematics as her specialism. She will be our Maths Champion with the Toddlers and Pre-school. Rachel speaks English as an Additional Language (EAL) she is French. She has a little boy of her own. She is very creative, calm and nurturing. She is an asset to Abacus Nursery.