Our Babies in the Bungalow Team

In this building the staff are selected not just for their experience and qualifications but for their loving and caring nature to look after our babies. The babies are also of the age where the most changes occur in their development in such a short space of time.

The staff are aware of each individual, their stage of development and what each baby needs next to thrive. Our staff are really focused on each of the babies individual routines.

Rachel Reynolds – ‘Smartys’ General Manager

Rachel-ReynoldsNVQ Level 3 Qualified
I would like to introduce myself as the Manager of Baby Nursery, my name is Rachel, for those of you who do not know me I am also the General Manager for the company along with being the Baby Nursery manager, I have worked for Smartys for 15 years joining the company when I left school at 16. I am a fully qualified nursery nurse and have completed other numerous courses to enhance my knowledge and practice. I look forward to making your time in the playhouse a very happy occasion.

I have achieved the following qualifications: paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, ENCO level 1 and 2, effective team meetings, health and safety unit 1 and 2, autism awareness, moving and handling, EYFS observation and assessment, lets get creative with babies and toddlers, introduction to music with babies and young children in the EYFS, managing difficult discussions, using the outdoors to support the curriculum, birth to three matters, policies and procedures, health and safety risk assessment, working with under 3’s, early learning goals, promoting positive behaviour in early years settings, supporting children from families experiencing domestic violence, SALLEY – structured accelerated language and literacy in the early years, child protection, arts and crafts for after school clubs, behaviour level 1, serious fun whatever the weather, knowledge and understanding of the world, dyspraxia, left handed children – the right way to help, operational plan, creating a seamless transition from early years to school, level 2 in customer relations, SEF – creating an effective self evaluation, brighter futures – outstanding practice, EYFS refresher, the role of the SENCO, developing a leader, communicating as a leader and many more.

I am responsible for the day to day running of Smartys supporting and working alongside the owner, I am responsible for guiding staff in their roles, building good relationships with all prospective (by showing them around the nurseries) and current parents (open days, parents evenings), along with all children and staff. I help to look after all of the admin at head office for the company along with playing an active part in the daily running of the toddler building completing the daily paperwork for this building. I am on hand to support the managers of our other settings and support all staff in their roles. I am the settings SENCO working with and supporting the children and parents in the toddlers playhouse. I always strive to do my very best and enjoy all aspects of my job.

Working with children has always been a passion of mine, I knew this is what I wanted to do from a very young age. I strive to be a very happy, positive and sociable person. It is my aim to offer all of the children in my care a happy, safe and stimulating environment. I thrive on watching the children grow through our settings and feel very honoured to have been a part of their young lives. I am also a very organised, tidy and artistic person offering the children a wide variety of sensory and creative activities. I also enjoy being an Aunty to my young niece.

I always try to present myself in a professional way offering a friendly and welcoming environment to all of my staff and parents, offering the enthusiasm and motivation to my team. I thoroughly enjoy my job and am a very dedicated and committed member of the team, I cannot imagine working anywhere other than Smartys.

Denise McColl

Denise McCollNVQ Level 3 Qualified
Hi my name is Denise and I am the manager of our baby nursery.

I have 22 years experience of working with children this includes being a child minder for 16 years before joining Smartys 7 years ago.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, ENCO level 1 and 2, Lets go creative with babies, effective team meetings, health and safety unit 2, hearing impairment workshop, autism awareness and moving and handling.

I am responsible for the day to day running of the baby nursery, guiding staff in their roles, building good relationships with parents, children and staff. I like to help and advise all parents where necessary.

I work with children because I am a loving, caring person who thrives to see the children grow and develop from babies to toddlers. I aim to provide the best possible care for all of the children, meeting their individual needs. I feel I have the best job in the world.

I always try to present myself in a professional way and as a mum to 3 boys I am very friendly and welcoming to all staff and parents, a true team player offering care and support to my team.

Kate Harrison

Kate HarrisonBA HONS in Early Childhood studies, Early years professional status and BTECH national diploma in nursery nursing

Hi my name is Kate and I am the relief manager of our baby nursery along with having a senior role within the setting.

I have been with Smartys for 9 years, gaining many years experience of working with children including being a mum to my daughter.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, Lets go creative with babies, health and safety unit 2, autism awareness and moving and handling.

I am responsible for supporting the manager with the day to day running of the baby nursery, assisting with planning and development records along with the daily paperwork of the nursery.

Following a previous enjoyable work experience my interest of child development began from there. I feel priviledged to work with such lovely children, supporting them in their early years. Since studying at degree level, I have applied theories into my daily practice in how children learn and develop. I enjoy building up trusting relationships with parents giving them the reassurance that their babies are nurtured and loved within the setting. I enjoy implementing new ideas into the setting in particular messy play.

Lauren Fagan

Lauren FaganCACHE Level 3
Hi my name is Lauren and I share the role of the room supervisor of the teeny room in our baby nursery.

I have 6 years experience of working with children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and autism training.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager with the day to day running of the teeny room, I aim to provide all children with a happy and stimulating environment whilst they are in our care. I ensure that all of the daily paperwork is completed along with meeting the children’s needs, this includes completing their individual planning and updating their personal records. I also plan suitable activities to meet the children’s development needs.

I enjoy working with children and as an aunty I feel I am a very caring person and enjoy looking after the children on a day to day basis. I find my job rewarding and this has always been an ambition throughout my life to work with children.
I always try to be a strong team player, organised and flexible at all times.

Vikki Simpson

Vikki SimpsonDegree Level 4 (under taking the foundation degree in early childhood studies)

Hi my name is Vikki and I am the deputy room supervisor of the
Teeny room in our Baby Nursery.

I have over 7 years experience of working with children at Smartys along with being a mum to my 3 year old little girl.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, EYFS observation and assessment, introduction to music with babies and young children and sensory play with babies and young children.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the manager and room supervisor with the day to day running of the Teeny room, implementing and completing the planning , meeting the needs of all of the children, providing the parents with detailed handovers and daily communication, paperwork throughout the day ensuring this is completed, completing development records and observations, liasing with other staff, implementing Ofsted / EYFS guidelines, providing opportunities for learning and promoting independence, displaying art work and creating displays around the rooms, supporting students with their studying and promoting best practice at all times.

Working with children has always been a passion of mine and I was lucky to begin my training in a setting which practices outstanding. I feel I can provide lots of opportunities for children to encourage strong development.

I always try to be a strong team player, I am very creative, a motivator, very organised and tidy person, helpful, reliable, friendly, responsible, strong understanding of the EYFS, I strive to complete the daily paperwork and I enjoy working to an outstanding practice.

I enjoy being a mummy to my little girl along with undertaking my degree, I thoroughly enjoy every aspect of my job and enjoy coming to work.

Angela Rawlinson

Angela RawlinsonNVQ level 3 and 4 in childcare and management.
Hi my name is Ange and I am a nursery nurse in our baby nursery.
I have 20 years experience of working with children including play groups and nursery settings before joining Smartys in 2013.

I have achieved EYFS training, A1 assesor award, play and the developing child.

I am responsible for supporting the room supervisor within the day to day running of the teeny room, ensuring the room runs smoothly along with ensuring the children, staff and parents welfare and health are met at all times.

I work with children because I enjoy every day being different, they make me smile and laugh at their little ways. As a mum of one and aunty I am a very caring person, I enjoy playing with the children and being spontaneous with activities.

Sarah Turner

Sarah TurnerNVQ level 2
Hi my name is Sarah and I am nursery nurse in our Baby and Toddler nursery.
I joined Smartys in 2013 and really enjoy woking with young children.

I have complted my Level 2 in childcare and am currently completing my NVQ level 3 qualification at college.

I am responsible and enjoy helping the staff to look after and care for the children. I help to make sure that they are happy and safe in our care.
I enjoy working with children because I enjoy being with the children, looking after them and helping them to develop. This feels like an achievement to me knowing that I am giving them the help and support they need. I am an organised person and enjoy keeping things neat and tidy.