Our Toddler Playhouse Team

All staff in the toddler’s playhouse have been carefully selected for important personal qualities in addition to their qualifications and experience. They are all warm, caring people who are genuinely friendly and show patience and understanding towards children.

We work in partnership with parents and staff are always available to discuss your child´s day and deal with any queries you may have.
The children´s personalities really start to show through at this age and the staff work hard to allow them the independence they strive for but within a safe environment.

It´s an eventful time with potty training going on and squabbles over toys as they learn to take turns. Our staff in this building are on hand with lots of patience, understanding and lots of energy too!

Rachel Smith

Rachel-SmithHi my name is also Rachel and I am the manager of the toddler nursery.
I have 10 years experience of working with children mainly at Smartys including being a mum to my daughter.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1 and level 2, health and safety unit 2, autism awareness, moving and handling, EYFS observation and assesment and managing behaviour.

I am responsible for supporting the manager with the day to day running of the toddler nursery, looking after parents, children and staff within the building, deploying staff, organising activities for all of the children, ensuring the cleanliness and safety throughout the day, assisting with planning and development records along with the daily paperwork of the nursery.

I enjoy working with children seeing them happy and the progress they make makes me feel happy and I feel a sense of reward knowing I have helped them along the way.

I am a people person, very friendly and approachable, organised and maintain a smooth running of the toddler nursery. I enjoy being a mummy to my young daughter, and consider myself to be a hard working and reliable member of the Smartys team. I feel that by being a mum helps me to understand parent’s views a lot more enabling me to provide a good parent partnership within the nursery.

Katie Davies

Katie-daviesNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Katie and I am the deputy manager of the toddler Nursery along with being the room supervisor for our upstairs room in our toddler nursery.

I have 7 years experience of working for Smartys, joining the company when I left school at 16. I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, safeguarding level 1, behaviour level 1, EYFS training and autism awareness. I am responsible for supporting the manager within the day to day running of the toddler nursery, ensuring my room runs smoothly along with ensuring the children, staff and parents welfare and health are met at all times. I ensure that all of my children in my care are planned for along with checking development records and being a key worker. I provide all of the children with lots of fun and creative activities. I supervise and guide students and enjoy completing the daily paperwork for the room
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I enjoy working with children and helping them to learn new skills, It has always been an ambition of mine to work with children. I enjoy being very creative and artistic working hard to ensure that all of the children enjoy their days at nursery.

I am a mummy to my little boy along with being an aunty to 3 children, I also enjoy spending lots of time with my friends who have children. I love my job and come to work with a caring and loving way.

Kathryn Gibbons

Kathryn GibbonsNVQ Level 3
Hi my name is Kathryn and I am a senior nursery nurse at our toddler nursery.

I have over 2 years experience of working with children along with being an aunty to a young niece and nephew.
I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1, EYFS framework and health and social care level 1.

I am responsible and enjoy aiding the room supervisor with the day to day running of the downstairs rooms in the toddlers playhouse. I love to give all of the children a happy and stimulating environment whilst they are in our care. I am a key person therefore I ensure that the children’s needs are met at all times by planning activities and completing the development files.

Working with children is fun and its great to have that feeling that you are helping the children and making a change to their lives for their future. It’s not like any other job I can be myself whilst having such a positive impact on each individual child’s life, providing them with the best possible start in life.
I always present myself in a very professional manner with a happy smile on my face ready to have lots of fun, I am very reliable and enjoy coming to work.

Laura Bowling

Laura BowlingNVQ Level 3.
Hi my name is Laura and I am a nursery nurse in our Toddler nursery.

I have over 4 years experience of working with children.

I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1.
I am responsible and enjoy aiding the room supervisor with the day to day running of the rooms, I aim to meet each child’s individual needs and ensure children are cared for and supervised appropriately. I enjoy helping senior staff members complete the daily paper work this includes the daily adult focus activities and all observations.

I provide all of the children with a happy and stimulating environment whilst they are in our care. I am a key worker within the setting and enjoy completing their individual profiles.

I enjoy helping the children to develop and grow in confidence. I also enjoy interacting with the children knowing that I am giving them a good start in life.

I like talking with the parents and getting to know their children, I enjoy being creative and carrying out activities that the children want to do.

Hayley Turner

Hayley TurnerNVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Hayley and I am a nursery nurse in our toddler nursery.

I have 6 years experience of working with children along with being an auntie to my nephew, I have achieved paediatric first aid, food hygiene, Safeguarding level 1.
I am responsible and enjoy helping and supporting the room supervisor with the day to day running of the rooms, I engage with all of the children in my care interacting and playing with them throughout the day. As a key person I ensure that the children’s needs are met at all times including their individual planning and updating their personal records. I ensure that all of the children in my care have fun whilst learning new things everyday in a safe and secure environment.

I work with children because I love the feeling that I have been an influence in their early life. I like knowing that I have taught a child the basic skills to help them develop and progress. When I see the children at school this gives me huge satisfaction knowing that I have helped play a small part in that transition.

I love having fun with the children, I love to dance with them along with mark making and singing with them, I also enjoy reading the children stories and teaching the children the phonics. I enjoy spending time with my young nephew and young cousins during my spare time.

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.