Our Team of Practitioners
Children are invited to call the staff by their first name:
They all have specific duties in the setting, as well as acting as a Key Person to a group of the children.
You will be told who your child's Key Person is as quickly as possible, so they can start to build a relationship with you and your child. Each Child is assigned a Key-Person before they start their 1st day.
Although all the staff work with all the children, they will also be specifically responsible for a group of children to act as their key-person; they will take observations, collect observations from other team members, take photos, collect them in the learning journal, link them to the curriculum and with you plan which areas of your child's development to focus on next.
Photos of the staff can be found on the noticeboard in the front foyer, which lists our qualifications too.
You can recognise us by our teal polo tops and fishy aprons!
We are all First Aid qualified and have all undertaken Safeguarding training.
Karen Brown is the Pre-school owner and manager.
She has BA(hons) degree with distinction in Early Years Child Care and Education and is an Early Years Professional (EYP).
She is responsible for all the day-to-day running of the setting, including the financial aspects including free entitlement administration, staff management, curriculum planning.
She is the setting's Designated Safeguarding Lead so oversees all safeguarding and child protection issues. and concerns.
She also oversees all health and safety and food hygiene aspects of the setting.
She is also responsible for the continual improvement and development of quality of the provision we offer, and welcomes all feedback and comments either face to face, by text, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane is our Deputy Manager, she is responsible for the day to day running if Karen is off the premises. She is also the Deputy Designated Safeguarding Coordinator. If Karen is unavailable, Jane is your person to contact.
Jane is also our Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator (SEN/Dco). She supports the staff in identifying and then planning for children who need additional support for any reason. She also supports families before, during and after enrolment if your child arrives with a diagnosis or gets one during their time with us.
She works closely with other professionals to make sure each child gets all the support they need.
She has over 20 years of experience in childcare, and has worked in both preschool settings and with the additional support team.
David is our Deputy Supervisor. If there is ever a time both Karen and Jane are away from the setting David will run the setting in their absence.
David joined the setting as a student 11 years ago, and is now a Level 3 practitioner with additional qualifications in supporting children with additional needs.
He is often found outside encouraging the children to fully interact and explore the outdoors area and comes up with some really inventive ways to set up the setting in the mornings, he is also great at researching new ideas and activities we can try in sessions, and is great at encouraging the team.
Katie joined us in May 2018 and has since gained her Level 3 Early Years Educator qualification. She has shown great levels of patience and understanding as she supported our youngest children, and ability to involve all the children in conversations – especially about baking or Disney!
Mary is considered our preschool nanny figure; she will always make our playdough and be available for coffee and a chat. She comes in once a week to do baking or craft with the children and has worked in childcare for over 30 years so is a great source of information, inspiration, ideas and support (especially for Karen!).
Sam joined us in November 2017 and has balanced the difficult task of being mum and team member well. She has completed her L2 qualification and starts her L3 in 2020. She has an instinct in interacting with children, especially those with additional needs. She has just returned from maternity leave and has stepped back in as is she has never left – we are glad to have her back too.
Steve is Karen’s husband and is a counsellor. He specialises in the Person-Centred Approach and works with Bereavement and OCD. He counsels face-to-face and online but he helps us to set up every morning and pack away every night. He is fully DBS checked so he can step in / cover working with the children if we are short staffed (having worked at Little Fish years ago).