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!

Katie Davies

Smartys After School Toddler Team Leader

Toddler Nursery Manager
NVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Katie and I am the manager of the 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 ensuring the Nursery 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.

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 Bradburn

Smartys After School Toddler Team Deputy Leader

Toddler Nursery Deputy Manager
NVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Kathryn and I am the deputy manager 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 for 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.

Hayley Turner

Smartys After School Toddler Team Member

Senior Nursery Nurse
NVQ Level 3

Hi my name is Hayley and I am a room supervisor within 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 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.

Kate Harrison

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Toddler Nursery Manager
BA 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 joint manager of our Toddler 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 with the day to day running of the Toddler 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.

Vikki Simpson

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Toddler Nursery Deputy Manager
Degree Level 4 & hold a foundation degree in early childhood studies

Hi my name is Vikki and I am the joint deputy for our Toddler 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 with the day to day running of the building, 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.

Megan Foulkes

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Nursery Nurse
NVQ Level 2

Hi my name is Megan,

I am qualified level 2 Nursery Assistant and I am hoping to do my level 3 in the future. I love working with children because I love watching them grow up and enhance in confidence and learn new aspects of social and educational arenas.

The ability to move buildings aids this further, observing them develop and being part of that makes me proud and seeing their smiley faces makes my day.

Rachel Degg

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Playworker
unqualified

Updating Soon….

Jess Booth

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Nursery Nurse
Completing Level 3 at college

Hello! My name is Jess and I am proud to say I have been with Smarty’s for just over a year.

I am currently studying my NVQ level 3 and I am really excited to see where my career in childcare takes me. I was attracted to working with children because of the keen learning and creativeness they all have and I enjoy nurturing that in all the children I care for day to day! Seeing them focus on art work, whether it be messy painting or free colouring and the showing their mummies and daddies, it’s a really wonderful feeling seeing their sense of achievement.

Outside of work I enjoy spending my time with my littl girl, often planning adventures and day trips. We are both very outdoorsie and just have so much fun every day together regardless of what or where we end up! In my spare time I am an avid reader and learner of ancient history too.

Becky Mees

Smartys Toddler Playhouse Team Member

Nursery Nurse
NVQ Level 2

Hi my name is Becky and I hold an NVQ Level 2 qualification, and hold a clear understanding of the EYFS.

I have been working for Smartys for 2 years, and during that time I have achieved Paedriatric First Aid, Safeguarding level 1 and Food and Hygiene.

I love looking after children, this is because I am a highly caring individual and I find it extremely rewarding helping children to learn and develop new skills everyday. I always present myself in a professional manner and in my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and working on our family farm.