Eden Court Manager/ General Manager
Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies
I would like to introduce myself as the Manager of Eden Court, 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 18 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.