Staff Team

The nursery has a qualified, highly experienced team led by a knowledgeable and dedicated management group with support from Directors and Advisors.

Qualifications, experience and commitment are all part of the recruitment policy and the carefully selected staff members are dedicated, caring and sensitive to the needs of children. In addition, personal and professional training are a key element of our development with all staff members offered a wealth of training opportunities through accredited training and in-house mentoring.

Within the nursery, team members have following qualifications:

Montessori Level 2 & 4 Early Childhood Diploma


NVQ Level: 2, 3, 4 Childcare and Education
Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM), 3, 4, 5
Level 3 Forest School Practitioner

Early Years Professional Status (EYPS)

Foundation Degree in Early Years

Level 6 – BA Honours

Post Graduate Certificate in Education

Post Graduate Diploma

All staff members are trained and qualified in Paediatric First Aid, Food Safety and Safeguarding Children.


Management Team

Theresa Ellerby – Director

Sylvia Tiffney – Director

Jo Robinson – Nursery Manager

Amy Wong – Business & Human Resources Manager

Debbie Crofts – Deputy Manager (Birth – 2 lead)

Trish Smaller – Deputy Manager (2-3 lead)

Leanne Almond – Deputy Manager (3-5 lead)

The management and staff team are committed to providing an excellent quality of care and education to the children. The management team are proactive and meet challenges and barriers with a positive attitude. Extremely effective partnerships are in place with a wide range of outside agencies, local schools and education providers. Robust recruitment processes, regular supervision and checking of staff performance lead to a high level of quality care and education throughout the nursery. The already well-qualified staff attend frequent training to enhance the educational programme. Incisive self-evaluation is embedded in practice and identifies how continual improvements are being made. (OfSTED 2015)