WHO WILL BE CARING FOR YOUR CHILD / CHILDREN

All of our staff have rigid enhanced and relevant DBS (Data Barring Service) checks in order for them to work at this setting and all main key workers are qualified to level three and four or more in childcare and some are ongoing with their training and regularly update their knowledge by attending ongoing training.

Mrs Christine Nicholson (Chris)
Mrs Christine Nicholson (Chris)MANAGER
A Key worker to the Green group & Special Needs Coordinator for the setting. Chris started the group not long after it opened now Thirty one years ago when her own two children attended the group. Over the years gained many qualifications in childcare and presently holds a NVQ level 3&4 in Early Years Care and Education. Chris worked for twelve years as a supervisory assistant in a local infant school finishing in 2002 in which she was also a Governor for the same length of time, she helped with special needs supporting the children with ICT skills to develop English in the Junior school and was on the Friends of the school committee for nine years helping with fundraising and general support at school events. Chris also holds a work based assessor qualification for the NVQ’s but no longer practice but finds it vitally important to provide opportunities for school pupils to do work experience at the group and placement opportunities for students on childcare courses from Darlington College and Northumbria University.  Chris oversees all leads and takes a special shared interest as a lead for the 3 & 4 year olds.
Mrs Clair ShieldDEPUTY PRACTITIONER
Mum of two, qualified in childcare for some years, did her student placement with the Pre-school, returning as a parent and her own children attending here, Clair is the deputy, assistant SENCO, undertakes staff supervisions and is our lead for planning.

Clair is the Key worker to the Yellow Group and shares responsibility 3 & 4 year olds.

Mrs Christine Choi PRACTITIONER
mum of two, qualified for some years, Chris worked at the group on an off for the last twenty years when her own two children attended the group as she is also a registered Child minder and left the group to focus on child-minding then she returned to be a member of the team alongside her child-minding/ Key person Blue group and. Shared 3 & 4 Year old Lead and responsible for our snack and lunchtime routines.
Mrs Alison WilliamsonPRACTITIONER
Alison a mum of two, qualified in childcare for some years and was first a parent to children attending this nursery before becoming a member of staff, Key person red group and lead for two year olds / integrated reviews.
Sarah PetchPRACTITIONER
a mum of two who has experience at other childcare settings as well as running her own child-minding service.

Sarah is our lead for SAFEGUARDING.

Paula McDonaldPRACTITIONER
Qualified in childcare and worked in childcare over the years as a childcare practitioner and assistant and manager in the Busy Bees Chain, Paula is a mum – New to team Summer term 2016

Paula is our lead for Inductions of new staff/students/Community liaisons.

Emma KingPRACTITIONER
Emma is a mum herself, qualified in childcare and over the years as a childcare practitioner worked in a variety of childcare settings.

Emma is the lead for Outdoor play / Assists with Health & Safety / First Aid / Fire Drills / Cleaning Schedule’s.

Key person Blue group.

Mrs Elaine DunnBank Helpers
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DBS checked Helpers Committee: Christine Nicholson /Claire Osbourne/ Clair Shield/ Elaine Dunn/ – Most of the Committee members consist of parents or grandparents of a child presently attending or have left recently. . Please note all staff and helpers and students are DBS checked and have had the relevant checks carried out by the manager before working or helping in the setting.

Parent Helpers:  You can help without having to go through the DBS process but only once a month if you do decide you would like to do this on a regular basis then you will be required to have a DBS carried out. All you have to do is let us know or if we decide to do a rota put your name down. Helping out is enjoyable you get to find out what your child gets up to during a session, you can help in whatever capacity you want.

Committee / Trustees (if interested please mention this)

This is made up of past and present parents and staff, we are always looking for new members and we try to meet once or twice a term during group hours and it is a very informal.

It does come with some reasponsability helping to decide on any changes, employing staff and passing new policies and especially fundraising for the group to help purchase equipment. Please consider this as the group can’t run without a committee

Child Development Officer: Joan Heaseman based at (North Lodge).