Staff Profiles

We’re really proud of our staff and how they dedicate themselves to the care and well-being of our children. They’re an interesting bunch, so we thought we would ask them some questions to help you get to know us a little bit better. If you can think of anything you would like to know, tell us, we’ll ask the questions, and we might publish the answers here on the website!

BecksBecks

Role: Operations Director / Manager
Qualification: Level 7
Room: Everywhere!
Joined: December 2016
Additional skills and qualifications: Too many to mention!

As a fully qualified Level 7 Early Years Teacher, Becks is our OFSTED registered person-in-charge and is one of the nursery owners. Becks is also our Operations Director and looks after the day-to-day running of the setting.  Becks’ door is always open, so if you have any queries she’ll be more than happy to assist.  Other official roles held by Becks include; Safeguarding Lead, Equal Opportunity Coordinator and Student Coordinator.  Becks knows a thing or two about running a tight ship, having earned her stripes opening many new nurseries whilst working for a Warwickshire based nursery franchisor!

1. What’s your favourite game to play with the children?
Parachute games- Cat & Mouse and Washing Machine
2. Favourite children’s book to read?
Stickman
3. Favourite nursery rhyme?
Twinkle twinkle Little Star
4. Favourite outdoor activity?
Den building
5. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Children’s smiles and giggles when they are exploring and learning
6. Are you artistic or musical?
Artistic, Pinterest for inspiration
7. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Lefty and very proud!
8. Have you met anyone famous?
Adam Woodyatt
9. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
5 weeks exploring Thailand
10. What’s your greatest strength?
Seeing that the glass is half full
11. Do you have a fear that you’ve managed to overcome?
Public speaking
12. Favourite past-time outside of work?
Family time
13. Favourite cartoon character, and why?
Donald Duck- that no one can understand him
14. Is there something interesting about you that nobody would have known or guessed?
I have no Spleen
15. Favourite meal – healthy?
Roast Dinner
16. What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
Swimming with dolphins and bob diving
17. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Don’t worry about what other people think
18. Favourite sweet or desert?
Cheesecake
19. Favourite movie?
I do not have a favourite but love Action Movies
20. Dream car?
Convertible Sports car

KellieKellie

Role: Early Years Practitioner
Qualification: Level 3
Room: Squirrels and Hedgehogs
Joined: December 2016
Additional skills and qualifications: Champion for Enabling Environments

1. What’s your favourite game to play with the children?
Anything messy.
2. Favourite children’s book to read?
There was an old lady that swallowed a spider.
3. Favourite nursery rhyme
Jack and Jill
4. Favourite outdoor activity
Drawing pictures on the floor with chalk.
5. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Going home knowing I’ve made our children laugh and smile and made a difference in their time with us at the nursery.
6. Are you artistic or musical?
Nope but I do love Reggae!
7. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Right-handed
8. Have you met anyone famous?
Fred Elliot who used to be in Coronation St. (lol)
9. Best TV Box-set binge
Friends
10. Have you ever been camping?
Yes. I always moan about being cold!
11. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
9 hours on an aeroplane to Dominican Republic
12. What’s your greatest strength?
I’m very caring and have a big heart.
13. Favourite past-time outside of work.
Big family BBQs at my house in the summer when the sun is shining.
14. Favourite cartoon character, and why.
Mickey Mouse, because he’s a legend, and faithful.
15. Is there something interesting about you that nobody would have known or guessed?
I taught myself how to crochet last year and I’m actually quite good at it!
16. Favourite meal – healthy.
Lasagne with salad.
17. What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
A squirrel bit my finger at Coombe Abbey.
18. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Be honest, be happy. If it doesn’t make you happy, get rid.
19. Favourite sweet or dessert.
Taverners sweet peanuts/Any kind of cheesecake.
20. Favourite movie.
Little Mermaid. It was the first movie I watched at the cinema ever (with my Dad).
21. Dream car
VW Campervan with split-screen in mint green or red. I’m a hippy at heart!

EloiseEloise

Role: Early Years Practitioner
Qualification: Level 2
Room: Foxes and Owls
Joined: August 2015
Additional skills and qualifications: Transition from Foxes to Owls

1. What’s your favourite game to play with the children?
Hairdressing
2. Favourite children’s book to read?
The smartest giant in town.
3. Favourite nursery rhyme
We’re going to the circus.
4. Favourite outdoor activity
Insect hunt.
5. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Teaching the children to read, write and learn.
6. Are you artistic or musical?
Artistic
7. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Left
8. Have you met anyone famous?
Joey Essex, Dan Osbourne, Joel Correy, Jaqueline Wilson, Jamie Lomas.
9. Best TV Box-set binge
The only way is Essex
10. Have you ever been camping?
No – Scary!
11. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
Furtuventura
12. What’s your greatest strength?
Being a Mum
13. Do you have a fear that you’ve managed to overcome?
Pre-school graduation speech in front of so many people!
14. Favourite experience outside of work.
Giving birth to my beautiful Princess, Emily.
15. Favourite cartoon character, and why.
Chipmunk because they are cute and cuddly.
16. Is there something interesting about you that nobody would have known or guessed?
I used to work on an Ice-cream van!
17. Give us an interesting fact.
I’m a good multi-tasker.
18. Favourite meal – healthy.
Slimming-world Chilli con Carne
19. What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
Meeting Joey Essex – haha!
20. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.
21. Favourite sweet or dessert.
Cheesecake
22. Favourite movie.
Beauty and the Beast / The Holiday
23. Dream car
Baby Pink Range Rover – Like Barbie!

EllenEllen

Role: Room Leader
Qualification: Level 3
Room: Hedgehogs and Squirrels
Joined: February 2017
Additional skills and qualifications: Assistant Deputy Manager; Under 2’s Coordinator

1. What’s your favourite game to play with the children?
Hairdressers
2. Favourite children’s book to read?
We’re going on a bear hunt.
3. Favourite nursery rhyme
Miss Polly
4. Favourite outdoor activity
Go Ape!
5. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Seeing development in children after working on a particular activity with them for some time e.g. walking/constructing
6. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Right
7. Have you met anyone famous?
Russell Howard, Adam Woodyatt (Ian Beale), Mickey & Minnie!
8. Best TV Box-set binge
Disney Films! Keeping up with the Kardashians!
9. Have you ever been camping?
Lots! Used to go 4 times a year with family.
10. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
Egypt.
11. Do you have a fear that you’ve managed to overcome?
Driving long distances
12. Favourite past-time outside of work.
Disneyland Paris when I was 6!
13. Favourite cartoon character, and why.
Minnie!
14. Is there something interesting about you that nobody would have known or guessed?
I’m the only female Glattbach left in the UK, apart from my elderly Grandma in Newcastle.
15. Favourite meal – healthy.
Creamy cajun chicken pasta
16. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Never a failure, always a lesson! Learn from every mistake!
17. Favourite sweet or dessert.
Cheesecake
18. Favourite movie.
Lion King/White House Down
19. Dream car
Audi A3 Convertible

Dyonne - Deputy ManagerDyonne

Role: Deputy Manager
Qualification: Level 3
Room: Foxes & Owls
Joined: October 2014
Additional skills and qualifications: Over 2’s Coordinator; Health & Safety Officer, Safegaurding

1. What’s your favourite game to play with the children?
Sleeping Bunnies
2. Favourite children’s book to read?
Chocolate mouse for greedy goose.
3. Favourite nursery rhyme
Hickory Dickory Dock
4. Favourite outdoor activity
Parachute & Bean Bags
5. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Lovely hugs in the mornings!
6. Are you artistic or musical?
Artistic
7. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Right
8. Have you met anyone famous?
No
9. Best TV Box-set binge
Watched every episode of Charmed!
10. Have you ever been camping?
Yes, and fishing.
11. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
2 week holidays – Turkey, Spain, Dominican Republic
12. Do you have a fear that you’ve managed to overcome?
No. Still scared of heights and creepy crawleys!
13. Favourite past-time outside of work.
Reading books, long walks, family time.
14. Favourite cartoon character, and why.
Daisy Duck. She’s cute.
15. Is there something interesting about you that nobody would have known or guessed?
I was born on my due-date.
16. Give us an interesting fact.
I have lived in nearly 20 houses.
17. Favourite meal – healthy.
Tuna mayo pasta
18. What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
Ocean World – Sea lion encounter.
19. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Why wait? Feels right, go for it.
20. Favourite sweet or dessert.
Chocolate Eclairs
21. Favourite movie.
Romeo & Juliet
22. Dream car
VW Beatle

CodieCodie

Role: Cook
Qualification: Hospitality & Catering Level 3
Room: Kitchen
Joined: June 2016

Codie has one of the most important jobs in the nursery. One of our core values is to ensure all our children are provided with home cooked, healthy and nutritious meals, with an emphasis on taste and flavour. It’s a tough job to feed so many children, but the children love Codie, and her food!

Codie initially joined the nursery as an Early Years Apprentice working towards Level 2, but she’s also got several hospitality qualifications and certificates, which she was more than delighted to put to good use when we appointed her as our in-house chef!

1. What’s your favourite game to play with the children?
Cooking Activities
2. Favourite children’s book to read?
Tiger that comes for tea
3. Favourite nursery rhyme
Down in the Jungle
4. Favourite outdoor activity
Football or sand play
5. What do you find most rewarding about your job?
Seeing the children smiling and happy
6. Are you artistic or musical?
Musical
7. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Righty
8. Have you met anyone famous?
No 🙁
9. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
Dominican Republic
10. Do you have a fear that you’ve managed to overcome?
Trying new menus and paperwork
11. Favourite past-time outside of work.
Listening to music
12. Favourite cartoon character, and why.
Paw Patrol because of my nephew
13. Is there something interesting about you that nobody would have known or guessed?
I can sing
14. Give us an interesting fact.
Kiwi is a weight loss food
15. Favourite meal – healthy
Chicken and rice
16. What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
Swimming outside in a storm
17. What’s the one piece of advice you would give to others about life?
Always try your hardest
18. Favourite sweet or dessert.
Egg Custard
19. Favourite movie.
Bucket List
20. Dream car
Audi R8

TaniaTania

Role: Early Years Practitioner
Qualification: Level 3
Room: Hedgehogs & Squirrels
Joined: February 2016

Like the majority of our staff, Tania is Level 3 qualified as an early years practitioner, but she’s our social media ‘cover-star’, and also the Outdoors Coordinator.

1. Favourite nursery rhyme
Twinkle twinkle little star
2. Are you a lefty or a righty?
Righty
3. What’s the longest trip or journey you’ve been on?
Cornwall by car.
4. What’s your greatest strength?
Being a mother
5. Do you have a fear that you’ve managed to overcome?
Heights
6. Favourite past-time outside of work.
Boxing
7. Favourite cartoon character, and why.
Tinkerbell
8. Favourite meal – healthy
Prawn jacket potato
9. What’s the coolest experience you’ve ever had?
Giving birth to my two children.
10. Favourite sweet or dessert.
Coke & custard
11. Favourite movie.
Oh, lots – Titanic, Impossible, The Bodyguard
12. Dream car
RangeRover Evoque